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Third Floor: Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services has been strategically and discretely located on the third floor conveniently located in close proximity to the first floor amenities and co-located with Student Health Center on the second level to encourage integration and coordination of care. Windows are abundant and carefully considered to balance the desired level of privacy with the introduction of natural light. 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS offers a wide range of mental health services to full-time, degree-seeking students at UR, including short-term psychotherapy, psychiatric services, groups, crisis intervention, workshops, assessment, consultation, and referral. About 40 percent of all undergraduates use CAPS services at least once during their four years at the university. This represents approximately 5,696 counseling sessions and disability services and psychiatric appointments. In the past 10 years we have seen a significant increase in the number of students visiting CAPS, 13 percent to as much as 21 percent.

Users of CAPS services continue to rate CAPS very highly. Nearly 99 percent of CAPS clients surveyed said they would use CAPS again if needed; 96.4 percent said they would recommend CAPS to a friend, if needed; 88 percent said counseling helped them function better; 62.7 percent said counseling helped them do better academically; 57.8 percent reported that counseling helped them stay in school. Lastly, 31 percent of CAPS clients said that without CAPS, they would not have finished the current semester. The CAPS plans include a welcome center lobby and reception desk with an adjacent quiet room, workroom, restroom, and thirteen offices for all full-time and part-time psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors.

Center for Awareness, Response, & Education (CARE)

The Center for Awareness, Response & Education will provide programs and violence education along with confidential support, empathy, advocacy, and a safer space for those impacted by interpersonal violence such as sexual assault, intimate partner/dating/domestic violence, stalking and hate ad bias-motivated violence. Space has been allocated for CARE Advocates, including staff from local non-profit Safe Harbor, to offer confidental advocacy services. 

Sensory Lounge

A small lounge located outside of CAPS Welcome Center and the (CARE) Center for Awareness Response and Education. The sensory lounge is a calming refuge for students to visit if they are experiencing stress or anxiety. The lounge is decorated and equipped with innovations like sensory mood lighting, tactile items and creative equipment.

Group Room

This room will be designed to be soothing and healing and tucked away discreetly on the third level outside of the clinic and accessible whenever the building is open. Group counseling has been shown to be one of the most effective strategies to address most issues experienced by students. Group counseling provides students with the opportunity to connect with others in a safe, confidential and supportive space. Groups allow students to share about their experiences with others who can understand and relate to their concerns, connect across differences to learn new perspectives, and experiment with new ideas, behaviors, and ways of being or interacting. Through group engagement, students develop insights and skills that can be used to work through the challenges they face and improve their quality of life. When not scheduled for group therapy, this room can be used as classroom and conference room and study lounge for students.