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CAPS Services

Counseling and Psychological Services offers free, brief counseling and related services to TCNJ students. Services are confidential; no record of counseling appears on the student’s permanent academic record.

  • Group Counseling – Group counseling services are emphasized at CAPS, and all requests for services are first considered for potential group membership. Many counseling/support groups form each semester according to interest and group member availability. Unlike with individual therapy, sessions for groups are not time-limited.
  • Individual Counseling – Brief counseling for personal problems (e.g. homesickness, test anxiety, depression, sexual assault, couples’ issues, eating disorders, interpersonal conflicts, alcohol or substance abuse).
  • Crisis Intervention and evaluation.
  • Every Day is Screening Day – Screenings by appointment to evaluate the extent of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or eating disorders. Where indicated, includes referral to qualified sources of help. The Online Mental Health Screening is available for anonymous self-evaluation.
  • Career Counseling – Career counseling to determine career direction and choice of major (in coordination with Career Services).
  • Friends Helping Friends – Concerned about someone? Assistance is offered in deciding what to do and how to help.
  • Personal Growth Workshops – Educational, personal growth and preventive workshops (e.g., assertiveness training, coping with test anxiety, effective listening. adjustment to college).
  • Training and Consultation – Consultation and support for psychological and organizational needs of the TCNJ campus community. Skills training for staff and faculty in other offices on campus.
  • Psychiatric Evaluation – Evaluations and prescriptions are available on a time limited basis as indicated for those currently receiving counseling at the Counseling and Psychological Services.
  • Referral – For those concerns not well matched to a brief model, we offer referrals to local agencies and private practitioners.
  • Peer Education – CAPS Peer Educators are trained student advocates who are available for information, support, and referrals.