Roughly 27% of CAPS contacts per year are with graduate students. Grad students develop a unique plan for their care in partnership with a mental health professional. This plan is dependent upon each student’s clinical need, personal requirements, resources and history of care. Individualized Care Plans for Grad Students include one or more of the following:


  • Initial telephone interview with a CAPS professional

  • Daytime on call/Crisis Intervention

  • After Hours contact with Acute Psychiatric Services for psychiatric emergencies

  • Supportive Follow up with CAPS clinical social work team

  • Help to locate and make use of other University services, options for stress management

  • Assistance to find care providers in the surrounding community (for diffuse, ongoing, or exploratory problems in living)

  • Group psychotherapy to address a wide range of concerns

  • Individual psychotherapy sessions targeting particular problems in living

There are several specialty group offerings at CAPS geared specifically towards graduate students including:

  • Graduate Student Interpersonal Process Group
  • Dissertation Support Group

If a graduate student or concerned other has concerns that care is not meeting a students needs:

  • Please contact CAPS again to speak with the counselor who originally helped create the plan.
  • If the student is not comfortable re-contacting the original clinician, the student may be encouraged to speak with the CAPS Director, Dr. Jill Richards at 848.932.7884

Students who would like to offer feedback about the quality of care at CAPS should be encouraged to contact:
Rutgers Health Services Director of Quality
Ms. Bonnie Abedini at 848.932.7402