Your first appointment will take about 90 minutes. This gives you time to complete our intake forms so that a clinician can review your information and be able to meet with you for about 45 minutes. If your first appointment is for Same Day Crisis Services, then you will meet with a counselor in the order you came into our Center. These appointments are brief, typically 30 minutes, and are designed for assessment of crisis, problem-solving and recommendations.
If you are 15 minutes late to your initial appointment without making prior arrangements, you may be asked to reschedule in the next available opening.
Check in with the Front Desk staff who will instruct you on completing your forms on an iPad or through the myICHealth portal on your own device. While we are remote, all initial paperwork will need to be completed through the MyICHealth portal.
Our consent form (Scope of Practice and Policies) explains how we conduct business and most importantly, describes our policies about confidentiality. Confidentiality is essential for your honest sharing of personal information, and we make every effort to keep your personal information and records confidential and secure. Please ask if you have questions about confidentiality or other CAPS policies.
You will be asked to sign a statement of consent before receiving services, and we want you to be informed about our services, your responsibilities as a client, and about relevant laws and ethical guidelines for your protection. While we are remote, you will sign an additional statement of consent giving us permission to provide counseling services via Zoom.
When your paperwork is complete, you will have a few minutes before meeting your counselor. You may think about what you want to say to your counselor, read, listen to music, or use the chair massage to relax while you wait.
Meeting with your counselor
Understanding your history and reasons for seeking counseling are important components of identifying the best resources to meet your needs. If you have had prior counseling or psychiatric experiences, we’ll want to know about that. We may ask for your permission for us to receive or share information with other providers. If you are taking prescribed medications, please know the names and dosages of those medications.
We appreciate having the opportunity to help in times of difficulty or in reaching your personal and academic goals. Successful counseling depends on an environment of trust, your active participation, and a sense of good fit between you and your counselor.
The first appointment is meant to establish a safe and welcoming environment and a collaborative relationship to help meet your needs. By the end of the first appointment, you should have an idea about the next steps you need to take.
Wait time for counseling services
Most years, we have more clients needing services than we have availability to see them. All enrolled students are eligible for an initial consultation where treatment recommendations will be made. Services at CAPS after this initial consultation is not guaranteed. However, CAPS strives to provide support to students whenever possible through our weekly drop-in spaces. Students wishing for individual therapy may be placed on a waitlist with wait time varying from two weeks to a month throughout the semester.
Students seeking Same Day Crisis Services may also experience slight wait times as the counselor sees students on a first come first served basis.