CAPS Counseling Service for Fall 2020

CAPS therapists are conducting remote counseling sessions this semester for Saint Joseph's University students via a secure version of Zoom set up by the Office of Information Technology.  Due to extenuating clinical or personal circumstances, in-person services may be held in our main Merion Gardens office as a secondary option, following guidelines for mitigating the transmission of COVID-19 (e.g., physical distancing & face coverings required). Drop-in hours (no appointment necessary) are provided remotely and are available for students M-F from 11am-12:30pm and 3pm-4pm.  A CAPS therapist will be available to receive calls from students during drop-in times to provide brief counseling, assessment and a follow-up plan that may include scheduling a CAPS counseling appointment and/or referral.

To make an initial counseling appointment or utilize remote drop-in times, students are asked to call CAPS main office at Merion Gardens at 610-660-1090.

Welcome to Saint Joseph's University's
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychological Services, located in Merion Gardens, promotes the psychological wellbeing of Saint Joseph’s University students through the provision of a variety of therapeutic interventions and outreach programs.  The delivery of these services is framed by “transformative learning goals” and occurs within a campus climate that supports the whole person; academically, socially, physically and spiritually.

Our Services

Individual Counseling

CAPS offers a safe atmosphere where personal concerns can be openly explored and discussed with a professionally trained counselor. Counseling services are voluntary, confidential and free of charge.

Group Counseling

Ongoing support groups and structured workshops are offered on a variety of topics.

Outreach & Consultation

The professional staff of CAPS is available to provide outreach programs, guest lectures and trainings on a variety of topics for students, faculty, and staff.  Consultation with CAPS staff is available upon request.

Confidentiality Statement: So that students can talk freely and openly with a CAPS counselor about their concerns, we maintain strict professional standards of confidentiality and privacy under the laws of the Commonwealth of the Pennsylvania and ethical guidelines set for forth by the American Psychological Association. Confidentiality may not apply if a person is deemed to be in imminent danger to self or others, in cases where the counselor has reason to suspect a child under 18 is being or has been abused or by order in a court proceeding. To ensure the highest quality of care, CAPS psychologists may consult with one another on cases. Every effort is made to safeguard the privacy of the client during these consultations.

MindWise Mental Health Screenings

Brief, online, anonymous screenings for a wide range of mental health and substance use issues.

JED Campus Program

Saint Joseph's University is an active member of the JED Campus Program. It is designed to help colleges and universities enhance emotional well-being and mental health promotion efforts, reduce substance abuse, and prevent suicide among their students.