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Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) strives to facilitate the development of RIT students by providing psychological interventions to promote the holistic well-being of our students. CaPS has three essential roles for advancing the educational mission of RIT:
CaPS provides short-term, goal-focused therapy. Many students are seen for one visit, while the average treatment length is 5 to 6 sessions within a year. If you regularly see a professional for counseling in your home community, our recommendation is that you continue services with that provider, if possible. Weekly, specialized, or intensive clinical services that require meeting beyond identified short-term goals are outside the scope of CaPS. Should you desire such services, we recommend receiving care from a mental health specialist in the Rochester community.
Counseling & Psychological Services utilizes a short-term, goal-focused therapy model to assist students who are experiencing concerns and needs that are interfering with their ability to be successful in school and/or with their individual personal growth, functioning and adjustment. In a given year, the average student is seen for 5 or 6 sessions. Session length, however, is based on need. The overall objective is not to uncover and address every issue with which a student may have faced in his/her life or to provide continual maintenance for chronic psychiatric disorders. Rather, our objective is to facilitate adaptation, adjustment and resilient functioning in order to enable the student to continue enrollment in college and to pursue academic, career and personal success with minimal disruption or delay.
The therapeutic approach utilized by CaPS is flexible, individualized and driven by the specific treatment goals identified between the student and clinician as well as by ongoing monitoring of measures to determine the effectiveness of treatment and the levels of recovery or improvement. Based on an individual therapy intake, the next level of treatment is determined.
With regard to severe, chronic, or longstanding mental health problems, our focus is to assist students in obtaining relief from some of the emotional discomfort, behaviors and thoughts that can accompany such conditions and to facilitate coping with said conditions. The focus is not on providing long-term, intensive or curative treatment. Ideally, our objective is to assist students with concerns before they develop into more serious problems.
Although the intent of RIT’s Counseling & Psychological Services is to help students cope with and resolve psychological and social problems that interfere with the attainment of their educational goals, students sometimes present with therapeutic needs, behaviors or other conditions that may be best met off-campus. Some of the concerns that are commonly addressed through referral to community service providers include:
The general guidelines listed above are only intended to serve as a guide to assist treatment decisions. The nature and complexity of presenting concerns and the broader context are considered in making the appropriate treatment recommendation(s). Cases are evaluated individually and the professional judgment of the mental health provider(s) will determine the treatment decision in a particular situation.