Counseling and Psychological Services offers assistance navigating struggles you may
face during your college years.
Make an Appointment
Call our office (616.395.7945) to schedule a time to speak to a CAPS staff counselor.
The CAPS office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Individual counseling involves meeting with one of our staff counselors to address
your concerns. Our goal is to work with you to develop strategies to address your
needs. We will do our best to help you acquire the skills needed to improve how you
cope with difficulties, overcome challenges and live more effectively.
Group counseling brings together a small number of individuals with one of our staff counselors to meet on an on-going basis. We offer two types of groups: general process and common focus.
General process groups involve members (usually 4–6 people) sharing their concerns, listening to one another and giving and receiving support. Group members will learn they are not alone and will help each other understand more about themselves and others. The group leader facilitates deeper exploration of these interactions. Members typically find that being in a general process group helps improve their everyday relationships.
Common focus groups involve members (usually 3–8 people) working together to learn and practice skills that relate to a specific concern and/or have a common goal. For example, group members may struggle with anxiety and learn how to manage it. Another group may meet to learn relaxation techniques and practice mindfulness. Common focus groups vary across semesters but typically include:
- ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
- Creative Arts
- Positive Coping
Check with the CAPS office for a list of current common focus groups.
CAPS offers initial assessment for ADHD on a limited schedule. The assessment includes
a diagnostic interview, individual testing and the completion of behavior inventories.
When a third party (parent, fellow student, faculty, etc.) calls with a concern about
a student, a CAPS counselor will consult and put together a plan to address those
concerns. Counselors will not share information about a student without the student's
permission (see Confidentiality).
CAPS hosts a number of educational programs throughout the year. An informational meeting for parents during Orientation week helps parents understand our services. QPR Suicide Prevention Training is offered to faculty and staff on a regular basis. Counselors speak to groups across campus and provide intensive training for Residential Life staff.
For students who need help managing their rigorous academic schedule the Academic Success Center offers tools and assistance.
Campus MinistriesIf you're interested in discipleship opportunities, visit the Campus Ministries site and make an appointment.