Our Community-Based Counseling is based on a model known as a “Meso Practice.”  It’s a midpoint between a micro (individual) and macro (public health) approach to providing mental health treatment.

In Community-Based Counseling, CAPS counselors are placed within departments, professional schools, and cultural centers throughout campus at set days and times. By embedding themselves in the various spaces, counselors are able to build relationships, familiarity, comfort, and trust with the students, staff, and faculty within the community.

Community-Based Counselors can provide:

  • Initial connection to CAPS services, including support and/or therapy based on an individualized action plan as well as referrals to other services
  • Tailored workshops, group therapy, retreats and presentations
  • Informal drop-in support during “Let’s Talk” hours or during scheduled times
  • Specialized assistance with critical incident response
  • Consultations with concerned staff or faculty
  • An assessment of that community’s needs
  • Guidance and assistance with departmental guidelines and efforts  focused on wellness

Let’s Talk: CAPS Comes to You

Drop-in Let’s Talk hours are currently offered at the following times and locations.


Please note: *Let’s Talk will not be available on 6/18 and 6/19 at SAEE for Fanteema Barnes-Watson*

Students must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the end of time listed.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for Let’s Talk outside of the designated hours, please call 848-932-7884, option 4.


Summer 2018 Hours

Asian American Cultural Center
Let’s Talk will not run at AACC during the summer.


Business School
Tuesdays, 2 – 4 pm
100 Rockafellar Road, Livingston Campus
Room 5043
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Jessica Trusiani


Center For Latino Arts and Culture
Let’s Talk will not run at CLAC during the summer.


Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Let’s Talk will not run at the School of Pharmacy during the summer.


Honors College
Let’s Talk will not run at Honors College during the summer.


Mason Gross School of the Arts
Mondays, 2:00-4:00 pm
Marryott Music Building
81 George Street, Douglass Campus
Conference Room 101
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Richard Carlson

Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 pm
Visual Arts Building
33 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Office in the Gallery
CAPS Counselor: Richard Carlson
*Building is in Downtown New Brunswick*


Paul Robeson Cultural Center
Let’s Talk will not run at PRCC during the summer.


Rutgers Global: International Student and Scholar Services
Let’s Talk will not be available at Rutgers Global on July 24th.

Tuesday, 3 – 5 pm
30 College Ave, College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room: 201A
CAPS Counselor: Yushi Wang, (fluent in Mandarin Chinese)


Rutgers Graduate School
Wednesdays, 3 – 5 pm
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
675 Hoes Lane West
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Research Tower, Room V40
CAPS Counselor: Jessica Trusiani
*Please be aware that you must be eligible for services through Rutgers Student Health – CAPS to attend Let’s Talk.

If you are eligible for services through the Wellness Center please contact: rwjms.rutgers.edu/education/gsbs/student_affairs/WellnessServices.html


School of Engineering
Let’s Talk will not run at the School of Engineering during the summer.


School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Thursdays, 10 am – 12 pm
88 Lipman Drive, Cook/Douglass Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Martin Hall, Room 116
CAPS Counselor: Jessica Trusiani


Social Justice and Education and LGBT Communities
Let’s Talk will not run at SJE during the summer.


Student Access and Educational Equity
Please note: *Let’s Talk will not be available on 6/18 and 6/19 at SAEE*
Mondays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
54 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Livingston Campus
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Lucy Stone Hall, Room A249
CAPS Counselor: Fanteema Barnes-Watson
*Please be aware that SAEE Summer Let’s Talk hours are only available to students in EOF and SAEE programs.

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

If you are a faculty or staff member, please consult the Faculty Staff Assistance Programs: uhr.rutgers.edu/worklife-balance/employee-counseling/fsap-mission-and-values

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