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Counseling & Psychological Services (CaPS) invites students to make an initial appointment with one of our counselors to discuss their concerns. This conversation between the counselor and the student generally involves a discussion of the student’s current difficulties, a review of treatment options, and recommendations to assist the student in obtaining the appropriate services. Recommendations may include receiving continued services through CaPS, connection to other campus resources, or a referral to community resources when appropriate.
Counseling & Psychological Services utilizes a short-term, time-limited 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 negotiated 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 a individual therapy intake, the next level of treatment will be determined.
With regard to severe, chronic, or longstanding mental health problems, our focus is to assist clients 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.