Services for Graduate & Professional Students on the Chicago Campus

The CAPS Office on the Chicago Campus provides a variety of services for Graduate and Professional Students. Our primary goal is to provide direct clinical services to students. In addition, we offer a Stress Management Clinic and other Group opportunities based on interest and need. We also provide Consultation and Liaison, and Outreach services to the wider Chicago Campus Community, including FREE suicide prevention training courses.

Students in Graduate and Professional training programs are challenged on many levels. The academic environment is stimulating, challenging, and demanding. It requires tremendous focus and attention to academic life. While students welcome the rigors of this new environment, they often find such intense academic focus impacts many aspects of their lives. Time for self-care and play are often reduced due to the work demands. Attempts to balance family and other significant relationships often take tremendous time and energy. One of the primary goals of CAPS is to encourage students to maintain a solid balance between work and play.

Some of the stressors identified by students attending CAPS sessions are:

  • Anxiety, Fear, and/or Worry
  • Schoolwork and Grades
  • Procrastination
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Depression
  • Career Decisions
  • Loneliness
  • Symptoms of Stress
  • Relationship with Family
  • Performance in Training

Some additional issues that bring students to CAPS include:

  • Addressing the impact of graduate and professional training on relationships
  • Juggling new roles and responsibilities
  • Adjusting to a demanding and competitive academic environment
  • Coping with uncertainty
  • Transitioning from classroom to clinical rotations
  • Learning healthy approaches to stress
  • Developing a professional identity

CAPS works towards helping students quickly identify their difficulties and to then identify campus and personal resources that will potentially be helpful to them. In addition to individual work, CAPS offers workshops on Stress Management, Time Management, Relationship Enhancement, Communicating with Confidence, Health and Wellness, and other theme oriented presentations. We also provide convenient community referral resources for students looking for longer term therapy opportunities.

Chicago CAPS offers group therapy both in the Fall and Winter located in Abbott Hall. The Building Emotional Well-being Series is a six week structured group to help students better manage stress and anxiety, increase self-awareness, develop strategies for self-care, increase their ability to manage their emotions, and to strengthen their relationships with others. A new series will begin Fall of 2018 (starting in early October). If you are a graduate student on the Chicago campus, and interested in the group, please contact CAPS to setup an initial phone consultation. Students interested in participating in the group will then meet with the two cofacilitators to learn more about the group, schedule, and guidelines.

Chicago CAPS is located in Abbott Hall, 5th Floor, 710 N. Lake Shore Drive. Current office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm.

Graduate students located on the Evanston campus will probably use the Evanston office at Searle Hall, 2nd Floor, 633 Emerson Street. The office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.

If you need CAPS services, call 847-491-2151. When you call, you will schedule a same-day phone appointment with a counselor. The counselor will speak with you for about 15 minutes and collect some information about you and what you need. The counselor will then schedule you for a CAPS intake appointment or will help connect you to other services on campus or in the community. You may also be given a same-day crisis appointment if you need. This procedure is the same for the Evanston and Chicago campuses.

Students can be assured of strict enforcement of the highest professional standards of confidentiality. CAPS records are strictly confidential and are separate from any academic and medical records. No one outside of CAPS will receive any information regarding the student without the student's written permission, or, in rare circumstances related to safety and welfare, as regulated by law.