Offered by Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS)
- Short-Term Counseling
- Emergency Services
- Group Counseling
- Prevention Services
- Outreach Education
- Wellness Education
CAPS is dedicated to working with students, faculty, staff to provide services that can assist with challenges that have impacted their overall well-being. These could include adjusting to life events, relationship issues and mental health changes. Some of the ways this can be accomplished are through individual or couples counseling as well as psycho-educational groups.
CAPS uses a short term model of therapy for individuals and couples, which assists students, faculty and staff in addressing issues or concerns in about 8 - 10 sessions. We have competent staff that are trained in these modalities (meet the staff). UNO counselors have a large referral network for individuals needing longer-term support. Participation in groups, however, does not follow the same session limit.
Some of the areas of concern commonly addressed in short term counseling include:
- Life transitions
- Accepting self
- Effects of trauma
It is the goal of CAPS is to provide services to best meet the needs of the students within our current scope of practice. Short-term counseling may not be the best method to meet the needs of all students. Some areas of concern might be better addressed by a professional with more specialized expertise or by someone who can provide a long term treatment model. The staff will work with each individual to determine the best course of action such as; referral to a UNO counselor, referral to a group, or referral to a community provider.
Counseling staff work closely with UNO Health Services to provide on-campus referrals and collaboration with their services. In the case that an outside referral is recommended, counselors will assist in providing a community referral that would best meet the needs of the individual. The decision for a community referral will typically occur within the initial intake assessment but may also occur during the course of counseling services as appropriate. If you, or a friend, are not a student at UNO, and therefore not eligible for our services, counseling is available through the College of Education Community Counseling Clinic. More information can be found at the Community Counseling Clinic website.
Information regarding Alcohol and Drug support services can be found here.
The information for the current groups we are offering can be seen below.
This is a social support group for students who identify as LGBTQIA+. It is held weekly in the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) in the Milo Bail Student Center. The meetings are from 11 A.M. - 12 P.M. on Wednesdays. This is an informal social support group where students can meet with other LGBTQIA+ students to connect and find support if needed. For more information, contact Jeff Knapp at email@example.com or Jessi Hitchins at firstname.lastname@example.org. These events are sponsored by the Queer and Trans Services (QTS) office, GSRC, and CAPS.
Beyond Blue is a support group for those who are dealing with depression and/or anxiety. The group is comprised of students who are looking for support from a group of peers as well as professional counselors. Many find that talking with others about their experiences is extremely helpful. It is the goal of the group to help students feel connected socially and supported emotionally. Beyond Blue is not held over the summer. Check for times and dates at 402.554.2409.
Your First Appointment
Your first appointment will consist of a 60-90 minute intake assessment. When you arrive, you will be given a short amount of paperwork to complete. Once the paperwork is completed, your counselor will bring you to their office. During this initial intake assessment counselors will gather information, through a conversation with you, in order to build a big picture of your primary concerns. The intake is the start of counseling and is crucial to determining the direction of services.
After the initial assessment, counseling staff will discuss with you the best course of action. This may include setting up an appointment with a UNO counselor, a referral to a community provider, a referral to a group, or other referrals as appropriate.
Things You Will Need for Your First Appointment
For your first appointment it is helpful if you arrive approximately 15 minutes early in order to fill out paperwork. The paperwork will allow us to get some background information from you prior to your appointment. If you are under the age of 19 you must have a parent or legal guardian sign a Consent to Treat a Minor Form. The form can be downloaded below and brought to your first appointment. Questions related to the Consent to Treat a Minor Form are always welcome. Please call 402.554.2409 during regular business hours.
We pride ourselves in making every effort to protect your personal information. It is important that you feel comfortable in sharing information with us as it will make your counseling experience more beneficial. Information you share with the staff at CAPS is governed by professional ethics and state law. The records of CAPS are not a part of your academic records. Information will not be released except for the following circumstances:
- Imminent threat to harm self or others
- Child or elder abuse
- Written release from you
- Court ordered subpoena
- Specific legal circumstances
The Age of Majority in Nebraska is 19 years old. If you are under the age of 19 we will need to get signed consent to treat from a parent or guardian. In addition, we will need their signature to release information.
Mandatory reporting laws exist for child abuse issues related to abuse, neglect and sexual assault of a minor (child). The links below can be used to find out more related to Nebraska Law and reporting issues related to minors. If you have any questions about confidentiality, your counselor will be happy to discuss them with you.
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