Learning to take care of your mental health prepares you for a lifetime of overall
well-being. Our professional counseling staff supports students as they learn skills to reach
their full potential.
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) celebrates, embraces and affirms the diverse identities students bring to Hope College. We offer a safe and trusting space, inclusive of all beliefs, values and attitudes, which allows for the healing and supportive discovery of emotional, intellectual and social development.
CAPS staff appreciate and respect the race, color, ethnicity, language, national origin, ancestry, religion/spirituality (or lack thereof), veteran status, physical and mental abilities, size and appearance, family status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information and socioeconomic status of all persons who enrich our campus community.
We recognize that identities are multiple and intersectional, and, too often, have been marginalized. Oppression, discrimination, bias and invalidation are all harmful forces that impair emotional and physical well-being. We invite all students to explore our services and look into how we can best support their needs. If you experience barriers as a result of a chronic medical condition, mental health, physical or sensory disability, an injury or temporary condition, learning disability and/or ADHD, contact Hope's Disability and Accessibility Resources Office.
CAPS counselors follow and practice the multicultural guidelines and standards provided by the professional organizations in which they are members, such as the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a wealth of services and is free for any degree-seeking student.
Spring 2021 Information
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is open to work with students whenever classes are in session. CAPS is a free service for degree-seeking students currently registered for classes.
To schedule a time to speak with a counselor, call 616.395.7945.
All sessions will be provided remotely at this time.
For Hope Students:
- If you are experiencing a medical emergency or suicidal crisis, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
- If you are in crisis and need to speak with a counselor immediately, call 395.7945. Counselors are available 24/7.
- If you are seeking self-help resources for positive coping during the Coronavirus Pandemic, see Resources on the CAPS homepage.
Given the complexity of laws and regulations that govern counseling practice and licensure across state lines, we have decided to continue our careful approach of providing triage, short term support and referral to providers in your home community as our primary way of working with out-of-state students.
Additional Crisis Resources:
Many students experience personal, relational, spiritual, social or academic difficulties they cannot fully resolve on their own. We offer tools to help you:
- Address personal problems that interfere with academic success
- Adjust to college life, pressures and changes
- Resolve life crises that threaten success in college
- Explore questions of faith and how that impacts daily living
- Cope with problems which stem from medical or physical concerns
- Provide referral for medication evaluation
- Succeed in college while coping with mental illness
Our team provides individual and group therapy for students, orientation for parents, training for faculty and staff, and stress-reducing events during exam weeks.
Would you like to know more? Call our office (616.395.7945) to schedule a time to speak to a CAPS staff counselor. After a few initial questions, you'll hear about opportunities and work with our professional team to determine next steps.
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