Services

UNLV Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) strives to facilitate and maintain the holistic well-being of UNLV students through three essential roles:

  1. Providing clinical services
  2. Providing education and outreach programing to the campus community
  3. Responding to crises that impact the campus community

To best meet the needs of the UNLV student population, CAPS utilizes a Stepped Care Model in order to utilize resources most effectively. All students are welcome to schedule an initial consultation to discuss concerns with a clinician who will recommend the most effective yet least-resource intensive intervention first. Recommendations draw from CAPS wide range of services including:

  • Workshop and educational seminars
  • Online or application-based self-guided resources
  • Group therapy
  • Short-term individual or couples therapy
  • Case management and community referrals

Treatment recommendations are individualized based on various factors and may change during the course of treatment based on ongoing assessment or new information.

If you are interested in CAPS services, please call CAPS at 702-895-3627 to schedule an initial consultation appointment.

Available Services

Assessments

CAPS clinicians may use a variety of mental health screeners and assessments to more fully understand students’ presenting concerns.

Assessments at CAPS include (but are not limited to):

  • Alcohol Use Inventory
  • Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory
  • Eating Disorder Inventory-III
  • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory
  • Beck Anxiety Inventory
  • Beck Depression Inventory
  • Beck Hopelessness Scale
  • Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation

Some of these psychological assessments may be administered for a fee. Please note that CAPS does not provide neuropsychological testing for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or learning disabilities.

Care Management

Student Wellness Center staff assists students preferring or needing services beyond what Student Wellness can provide. A provider and/or care manager will work to provide students appropriate information and resources that will support them during academic, personal, financial, and emergency situations. Please contact CAPS at 702-895-3627 to schedule an appointment to discuss resources.

Couples Therapy

CAPS offers couples counseling within a brief therapy model. Couples counseling is beneficial for learning how to effectively manage conflict, improve communication skills, and increase awareness of needs within the relationship. In order to be eligible for couples counseling at least one member of the couple is required to be a currently enrolled UNLV student.

Crisis Services

For life-threatening emergencies, please immediately call 9-1-1 or go directly to the nearest emergency room.

CAPS offers triage services for students who may be experiencing urgent concerns. Students can walk into (or call when offering remote services) CAPS for triage services Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and meet with a triage counselor for an initial consultation.

If a student is experiencing an urgent or emergent concern outside of CAPS hours, they may utilize additional resources.

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Eating Disorder Treatment Team

The Student Wellness Eating Disorder Treatment Team (EDTT) consists of practitioners who work together to serve students who have eating disorders or subclinical variants. The EDTT is an interdisciplinary team with providers from psychology, nutrition/dietetics, health services, and athletic training (when needed). Decisions regarding the appropriateness for EDTT treatment are made on a case by case basis. If a student is determined to need a higher level of care than can be provided by the EDTT, referrals to the community are given to the student.

Group Therapy

Group counseling is often a beneficial option for students to address mental health concerns and make positive changes in their lives. Some groups offered at CAPS address common mental health struggles experienced by college students while other groups are designed with specific student populations in mind who are looking for a safe space to discuss the impact that their mental health has on their overall well-being and academic success. Many students find participating in a group a very rewarding experience that can jump-start their personal growth. The idea of joining a group might bring up some discomfort (e.g. being in a group with strangers and sharing one’s personal struggles), but participating in group counseling can reduce social isolation and provide students with the opportunity to help support others while learning about themselves.

Some groups we have offered include (but are not limited to) Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga, Stress Management, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a LGBTQ Support Group.

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Individual Therapy

CAPS adheres to the short-term therapy model to help students reach personal goals in a timely manner. This process occurs in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. CAPS providers draw from a variety of therapeutic techniques (e.g. CBT, ACT, etc) to help students explore feelings, beliefs, behaviors, identify aspects of their lives they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, or work towards desired change.

Medication Services

Student Wellness also offers medication management services for mental health. All students interested in a referral to medication services must meet with a mental health provider for an initial consultation.

Please note students requesting medications for ADHD must have completed neuropsychological testing and be able to provide a copy of their testing results (view the Student Wellness ADHD medication policy).

Substance Use and Addiction Services

CAPS provides a variety of services for students struggling with addiction concerns. Students complete an Initial Consultation and are referred for services appropriate for their presenting addiction concerns. Services may include additional evaluation, assessments, individual therapy, or group therapy. Students may also be given referrals for resources or treatment recommendations in the community.

UNLV offers on-campus resources for students seeking support with alcohol and other drug use, including Peer Recovery Community (PRC) and Weekly Recovery Meetings.

Students in recovery can also access support through the following local resources:

Therapy Assisted Online (TAO)

UNLV has partnered with TAO Connect, a digital platform aimed at making behavioral health therapy more accessible, efficient and effective. Through TAO Connect, students have access to self-help tools that allow them to work toward improving their behavioral health on their own schedule.

Through TAO’s completely self-directed, self-help app and online program, students are provided an opportunity to learn stress management, mindfulness skills, problem-solving and strategies to avoid rumination and develop more helpful thinking patterns. TAO Self-Help allows students to bounce back from life’s disappointments and frustrations and includes interactive educational modules and practice tools. Based on user interaction and the completion of modules, the app sends students reminders and encouragement in the form of notifications and messages to their phone.

Students can start with a screening measure to help them choose the best program for them, and TAO’s progress measure then helps track improvement. The anonymous self-screening tool combines five different tests screening for depression, alcohol and drug problems, anxiety, trauma, and chronic pain. Once screened, the user will either be given links to access the appropriate self-help tools, or suggestions to see a health professional.

TAO Connect is available for free to all university students and faculty members. To learn more about TAO and its technology please visit the TAO Connect website. Once registered, you can download the TAO Mobile app through the Apple app store or Android’s app store.

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Transgender Care Team

The Student Wellness Transgender Care Team (TCT) is a collaborative team comprised of medical and mental health professionals that works to ensure transgender and gender non-conforming students receive the highest quality care in a supportive, inclusive and respectful space. One of the key responsibilities of the team is to provide education, support, and care to individuals taking hormone replacement therapy. TCT providers are also able to work with outside providers with a signed ROI to provide students the best care possible regarding gender identity. Students can call the CAPS front desk and schedule an Initial Consultation to discuss the TCT and/or gender identity concerns.

Workshops

Student Wellness offers a variety of psychoeducational workshops throughout the year targeting general needs of the student population. Workshops primarily focus on skill building and increasing awareness to help decrease in the impact of mental health concerns on overall functioning.

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