Let’s Talk: CAPS Comes to You

Let’s Talk is a CAPS service offering drop-in hours at a number of locations across campus. No appointment is necessary.
You do not need to be affiliated with one of these centers or locations to make use of the drop-in hours.
Conversations with CAPS counselors are private and confidential.

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

Asian American Cultural Center
Wednesdays, 3pm-5pm // NOTE: There will be no Let’s Talk hours at AACC on 4/26.
49 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Livingston Campus
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Room 205, Director’s Office
CAPS Counselor: Mina Vargas

Center For Latino Arts and Culture
Mondays, 1pm-3pm
122 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Second Floor, Assistant Director’s Office
CAPS Counselor: Antonio Morales

Honors College
Thursdays, 2pm-4pm // NOTE: There will be no Let’s Talk hours at Honors College on 4/27.
5/4 will be this semester’s final Let’s Talk at Honors College. Hours will resume in the fall.
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
Wednesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm
600 Bartholomew Rd, Busch Campus
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Ujima Conference Room
CAPS Counselor: Pierre Albert

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

School of Engineering
Thursdays, 1pm – 3pm
98 Brett Road, Busch Campus
Piscataway, NJ 08901
Room A203, Conference Room
CAPS Counselor: Antonio Morales

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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