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For students attending programs on the Evanston Campus, please click here for more information about scheduling an Initial Assessment at our Evanston CAPS office.

Scheduling an Initial Assessment

An Initial Assessment is your first meeting with a CAPS counselor where you will explore your mental health concerns and your hopes for support. Every student who wants to get started with recurring sessions at CAPS must first have an Initial Assessment. Please note that an Initial Assessment is an intake appointment; if you are looking for a community referral, please scroll down to "Scheduling a Care Coordination Appointment" or go to our Referral Support page

Please click here to schedule a Chicago Initial Assessment. 

Initial Assessment appointment slots are limited, and appointments available on the scheduler are released every day for timeslots two weeks in advance. If no available times fit your schedule please call the CAPS front desk at 847-491-2151 for assistance.

What should I expect during my Initial Assessment?

Your initial assessment will take approximately 45 minutes. This meeting will take place over Zoom.

Before your initial assessment, you will be asked to complete intake paperwork, which is sent to your email the morning of your appointment. This paperwork will provide your therapist with context about what services you’re looking for and help focus your discussion. This paperwork is mandatory and must be completed before your appointment. 

If your Initial Assessment is virtual, please make sure to secure a private meeting space for your appointment. If you need assistance, call the CAPS front desk at 847-491-2151.

During your initial assessment, you will meet in a confidential space with a CAPS therapist who will guide you through an initial assessment. Your clinician will ask follow-up questions to get a sense of who you are, identify your concerns and challenges leading you to seek help, and understand your hopes for support. Toward the end of the meeting, your clinician will review options for addressing your concerns and their recommendations for you, and you will make a collaborative plan to get you connected with resources that best meet your needs. 

Scheduling a Care Coordination Appointment

CAPS can also provide students assistance in connecting to therapists, psychiatrists, providers who conduct neuropsychological testing / ADHD evaluations, and other resources in the community. We make every effort to provide tailored recommendations based on students' preferences and clinical needs. Click here to sign up for a Chicago Care Coordination Appointment.

Alternatively, you can search for an off-campus provider near our Evanston and Chicago campus communities using our CAPS Provider Referral List.