In addition to the services offered at our CAPS counseling centers, we offer health and wellness services through a community-based model known as a meso practice. Counselors are embedded several days a week inside various departments and centers on campus. This approach helps build familiarity and comfort between the counselor and the individual communities and allows the counselor to address the specific and unique needs of each culture.

Benefits of the CAPS meso model include:

  • Let’s Talk drop-in hours offering informal, free and confidential consultation and support sessions
    *For more details on Let’s Talk see below.
  • Educational, prevention programs, workshops and trainings, tailored to the needs of the specific community
  • Access to an initial point of contact to assess potential health and wellness concerns and help navigate available resources
  • Onsite consultation and collaboration for faculty and staff
  • Specialized community support in the aftermath of tragic or critical event

Drop-in hours are currently offered at the following times and locations.

 

Let’s Talk: CAPS Comes to You

Asian American Cultural Center
Wednesdays, 3 – 5 pm, beginning September 6
49 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Livingston Campus
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Room 205, Director’s Office
CAPS Counselor: Mina Vargas

Center For Latino Arts and Culture
Tuesdays, 2 – 4 pm, beginning September 12
172 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Second Floor, Assistant Director’s Office
CAPS Counselor: Antonio Morales

Center for Global and International Affairs (GAIA)
Wednesdays, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
30 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Dr. Pierre Albert

Honors College
Tuesdays, 2 – 4 pm, beginning September 5
5 Seminary Place, College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1167
5th Floor, Room S501
CAPS Counselor: Mina Vargas
NOTE: These hours are for students residing in the Honors College Residence Hall.

Paul Robeson Cultural Center
Fridays, 2 -4 pm, beginning beginning September 15
600 Bartholomew Rd, Busch Campus
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Ujima Conference Room
CAPS Counselor: Antonio Morales

Social Justice and Education and LGBT Communities
Fridays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, beginning September 15
17 Bartlett St, College Ave Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room 203, Assistant Director’s Office
CAPS Counselor: Mina Vargas

 

If you’d like to speak to a CAPS counselor outside of these drop-in hours, contact CAPS at 848-932-7884.

What is “Let’s Talk”?
“Let’s Talk” is a service that provides easy access to informal, confidential consultations with CAPS counselors. Drop-in hours are held at different sites on campus. There is no appointment necessary and no fee. All sites are open to all students.

Do students schedule appointments for “Let’s Talk”?
No. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a wait if the counselor is currently meeting with a student, but every effort will be made to meet with all students who wish to talk that day.

How is “Let’s Talk” different than seeing a counselor at CAPS?

“Let’s Talk” is not formal counseling; it is a drop-in service at various sites on campus where students can have a consultation with a counselor from time to time. The counselor will talk through issues with students, provide support and help determine the best way to assist them. A formal connection to CAPS includes students to develop an action plan based on student’s needs and connection to individual, group, crisis intervention, medication management, assistance with alcohol and other drugs and referrals to specialists in the community.

Who might benefit from “Let’s Talk”?
“Let’s Talk” is often the best fit for those students who:
1. are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor;
2. are not interested in on-going counseling but would like to get a counselor’s perspective;
3. have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through

Is Let’s Talk confidential?

Conversations with Let’s Talk counselors are confidential, with a few very rare exceptions. Counselors may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to self or others. Counselors are required by law to report when a minor, elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated and unable to act on his/her own behalf is being abused.

Let’s Talk counselors keep brief written notes of their contacts with students, and in the event that there is an emergency or a student is referred to CAPS, other CAPS staff may see these notes. These notes are kept within CAPS’s mental health records and are not part of the student’s official academic record.

Although “Let’s Talk” counselors are CAPS professionals, it is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. “Let’s Talk” counselors provide consultations to help students with specific problems and to introduce them to what it’s like to speak with a counselor. “Let’s Talk” counselors can help students determine whether formal counseling at CPS would be useful and appropriate.

“Let’s Talk” was developed by Cornell University, Gannett Health Services

“Let’s Talk” was developed by Cornell University, Gannett Health Services