Information is shared between CAPS and Health Services on a strict “need to know” basis. An example of when limited information may be shared is in the event that you are being treated by both departments and information regarding your mental health would be important for Health Services staff to know for safety reasons or when devising a treatment plan.
Students on leave of absence (LOA), those who have withdrawn or have been dismissed, and SMCM alumni are eligible for transitional counseling within one (1) month of their status change. Transitional counseling includes referral to other resources for care as necessary, and is limited to two (2) sessions maximum.
Summer session students have full access to CAPS. Students registered for the fall semester but not currently enrolled in summer classes may utilize CAPS as determined by need and availability of staff.
Consultation is provided for faculty and staff regarding student as well as personal issues.
As part of your tuition and fees, all full-time students pay a Wellness Center fee and are therefore eligible to access services at the Wellness Center free of charge.
There are a few services that require extra fees:
- Lab Tests that are not done on site
- Prescriptions for medications that we don’t stock
- Immunizations- tetanus shots, and PPD tests
Methods of Payment
Your private health insurance is billed for laboratory services.
The staff of the Wellness Center are committed to following the ethical principles of our profession which state:
Psychologists respect the dignity and worth of all people, and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination. Psychologists are aware of and respect cultural, individual and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language and socioeconomic status and consider these factors when working with members of such groups. Psychologists try to eliminate the effect on their work of biases based on those factors, and they do not knowingly participate in or condone activities of others based upon such prejudices (American Psychological Association, 2010).
Additionally, the following is a core principle value of the counseling profession:
Honoring diversity and embracing a multicultural approach in support of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of people within their social and cultural contexts (American Counseling Association, 2014).
Please review our solidarity statement on the Support & Solidarity for SMCM Students website.