Apply to be a CAPS Peer Educator!

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is now accepting applications for its exciting new Peer Education Program (PEP)!  Five volunteer CAPS Peer Educators will be selected for this coming Winter and Spring terms, 2014.

Applications are due by Friday, November 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.  Late applications will not be accepted.  Please email your complete application to Emilie Cate, Ph.D. at All applicants will be notified by December 13th if they are invited to a brief in-person interview in January 2014.

What is CAPS looking for? UCSC undergraduates who are. . .

  • Enthusiastic, caring, collaborative, and flexible
  • Interested in increasing awareness and de-stigmatizing mental health issues and treatment
  • Dedicated to helping other students on-campus to increase their well-being through education
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Join the CAPS Marketing Team!

Volunteers Wanted

Are you a UCSC student with an eye for design and an interest in helping to promote CAPS services? Then we want YOU to be a part of the CAPS Marketing Team!

We are currently seeking 2-3 students to serve on our Flyer Design Team. This team focuses on designing and creating eye-catching flyers for CAPS groups, workshops, and events. You will have the opportunity to use your creative talents to promote CAPS services and fight mental-health stigma!

Flyer Design Team members will be asked to create flyers with an emphasis on work early in each quarter, when we are initially planning and coordinating our programs. We will also likely have small assignments that come up from time time throughout the quarter. Expect a workload of approximately 5-10 flyers per person, per quarter. Your work will be seen around campus at res halls, bus stops, bulletin boards, resource centers, and other locations. Continue reading

Introducing Let’s Talk!

Because Everybody Needs to Talk Sometimes.

CAPS is excited to announce the launch of Let’s Talk, a new *drop in* service where students can come by for an informal chat with a professional counselor. We all need to talk sometimes, but we don’t always need the formal support of counseling. If that sounds like you (or even if you’re wondering!) please, stop by and say hello!

Let’s Talk is not counseling, but it is a place where you can get confidential support. We don’t keep records and you can even be anonymous if you choose. Counselors meet with students for a short, 10-15 minute conversation and can provide information, support, and advice.

Let’s Talk hours for Fall 2013:

Wednesdays 1-3pm in the Bay Tree Building, 3rd Floor (look for the signs!)

Thursdays 2:30-4:30pm in Baskin Engineering Bldg, Room 153B

Let’s Talk counselors can talk with you about: stress, homesickness, relationships, family issues, helping a friend, academics, mental health concerns, and more. Please note: We are not a crisis service. For crisis services, please call (831) 459-2628 or drop by the CAPS office on the 2nd Floor, East Wing of the Student Health Center.

Meet Emilie Cate, Staff Psychologist

Dr. Emilie Cate is a rock star on the CAPS team. Not only does she provide counseling for students, she plays a pivotal role in our outreach efforts to reduce the stigma of mental health issues and prevent suicide on campus. She’s also one of the most genuinely nice people you’ll ever meet. This week, take a moment to learn a bit about Emilie in our ongoing feature, Meet the CAPS Staff!

Dr. Emilie Cate

Emilie Cate, Ph.D.

What is your position at CAPS, and how long have you been working at UCSC?

I am excited to be starting my third year at CAPS.  I am a Counseling Psychologist and coordinator of the Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI) grant funded by CalMHSA and Prop. 63 which is focused on suicide prevention, and increasing awareness and reducing stigma associated with mental health issues.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is being able to meet with UCSC students one-on-one to support them in reaching their goals and improving their overall sense of well being.  But as the grant coordinator, it is also been very fun to do a lot more outreach, training, and program development focused on prevention and intervention.

Tell our readers about one of your favorite spots on campus or in Santa Cruz.

The view from the East Field track.

What do you do to take care of yourself and relax?

Because I love the view from the East Field, I try to get out there several times each week to walk the track and enjoy the beauty of this campus.  I also enjoy playing tennis, trying to keep my vegetable garden alive, and spending quality time with family and friends exploring this amazing area.

What is one thing you wish you knew as a college student?

I was an undergraduate here at UCSC and am a proud banana slug alum!  When I was a student here, I wish that I knew more about how to recognize when I needed extra emotional or academic support, even when I *thought* I could handle it all by myself.  I wish I had known more about stress management, career counseling, and CAPS services!  UCSC has so many valuable resources and caring people on campus to help you reach your goals.  Sometimes it can be super difficult to take the first step and reach out for extra support, but it can be totally worth it!!

Domestic Violence Awareness: What Every UCSC Student Should Know

A Student Perspective on Abuse and Relationships

by Erica West

As we continue through October, I’m sure a lot of us are getting excited about pumpkin spice lattes, fall weather and Halloween, but did you also know that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Domestic violence is an issue that affects us all, and it’s important we know how to recognize the signs, as well as how to support a survivor of domestic violence. Firstly, domestic violence is defined as behaviors used by one person in an intimate relationship to control the other. Partners can be married, living together, or dating, and it happens in same-sex relationships just as often as heterosexual ones.

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Too much to handle?

College offers new experiences and challenges. This can be exciting; it can also be stressful and make you, or someone you know, feel overwhelmed. If these feelings last for more than a few weeks, or interfere with academic or social functioning, it may be a sign of depression. Take a free screening at the Student Health Center, tomorrow Thursday October 10th from 12:00-2:00pm. Take an anonymous, 5-minute assessment and get a FREE DONUT. Now there’s some real excitement for you, baby!