We at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) join with our CSUSB community, and the larger community, in mourning and outrage at the violence that continues to be perpetrated against the Black community. The recent shooting of Jacob Blake, and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless others who have been the victims of anti-Black brutality in our country are the result of the systemic racism that permeates our society. We recognize that these systems of oppression and the long-term impacts of slavery evoke many emotions, including grief, pain, sadness, despair, anger, and exhaustion, among others. We also recognize that the often skewed media and social media coverage, the Zoom-bombing for the purpose of spewing racist, sexist, and homophobic speech, and the many losses brought on by COVID-19, which is disproportionately impacting our communities of color, can significantly compound these traumas.
CAPS is guided by the values of social justice, advocacy, community, and service. We know that these collective traumas can have very real psychological consequences, or can exacerbate underlying concerns or issues. Please take the time to care for yourself and to check on those you care about, as we know that there is great healing power in community. We at CAPS stand in community with you and are here to provide counseling, to be a listening ear, and to stand firm against social injustice and oppression. If we can be of help to you, or if you know of other ways we can serve the community, please contact us.
To learn more about the impact of racial trauma and how to process this type of trauma, watch the UCLA Connections - Processing Racial Trauma video produced by UCLA Connections entitled Processing Racial Trauma. This video presents a conversation on how to process racial trauma between Dr. Nicole Green, Executive Director of UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services and Dr. Tyrone Howard, UCLA Professor of Education and Director of the UCLA Black Male Institute.
A message from the CAPS Director
Counseling and Psychological Services remains committed to serving our students and campus community during this challenging time. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, CAPS will be continuing to provide services through telephone or video conferencing. We offer counseling, crisis services, workshops, and consultation and outreach to the campus community. For more information about our services, or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 909-537-5040 Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m . Messages left outside of normal operating hours will be retrieved the next business day.
If you feel that you cannot wait to have your call returned and you wish to speak with someone immediately, call 909-537-5040 and press 8 to be connected with a mental health professional.
CSUSB’s Counseling and Psychological Services supports the university mission of academic success and social justice through promoting the mental well-being of CSUSB students, the campus community, and the surrounding region. This is achieved through mental health counseling, advocacy, and outreach and consultation in a safe, supportive and culturally-informed environment.
CAPS is located in the Health Center Building, north of the The Meeting Center and East of the SMSU Expansion Site. Entrance to Counseling and Psychological Services is on the West side – facing the SMSU Expansion Site and north of the main Health Center entrance. On the campus map our building is identified as HC (Health Center).
Who Uses Counseling and Psychological Services?
- All currently enrolled students who have paid the Student Health & Psychological Counseling Center Program and Facilities Fee are eligible for services.
- Students enrolled in continuing education, extension or Open University courses are not eligible for services.
Common Concerns and Issues Discussed
- Confusion, anxiety, or depression
- Mood variability
- Needing help with an important decision
- Adjusting to living away from parents
- Friendship problems
- Romantic concerns
- Family concerns-including parental divorce
- Compulsive eating
- Self-destructive use of alcohol or drugs
- Loss of a relationship
- Balancing academics and social needs
- Illness or death of a friend or family member
- Personal trauma such as sexual assault
Students can call CAPS at (909) 537-5040 to schedule an appointment; CAPS is unable to schedule appointments via a third person.
For individual therapy, a short-term model is utilized. Some students have needs not best served by CAPS and may be referred to other services on campus or in the community.
Counseling and Psychological Services is funded by the student health fee paid at the time of enrollment to CSUSB. No other fees apply.
Confidentiality and Privacy
All contacts with Counseling and Psychological Services are confidential, except in situations where legal or ethical considerations require notification of a family member or others. Notice of Privacy Practices.
Counseling and Psychological Services does not release any information regarding whether a student has used the service nor matters discussed in counseling. Except under certain specific circumstances, no parent, dean, faculty member, or other student can gain access to information about a client without express written permission.
- A student who has used CAPS services may give authorization to release records or to disclose information to anyone the student chooses. However, a request to exchange confidential information must first be completed and signed.
- If the counselor believes that there is danger to self or others, safety considerations will prevail, and the counselor will notify appropriate family members or other authority. Such disclosure is for the purpose of providing the necessary care and protection of the student.
- In very rare circumstances, the court may order the release of confidential information.
- Unlicensed counselors work under the supervision of a licensed counselor who has access to counseling records in order to perform supervision responsibilities. In addition, a student may grant permission for a counselor to audiotape or videotape a session for the counselor to review with his/her supervisor.
- Counselors are mandated reporters of suspected elder or child abuse and must notify the appropriate agencies.