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“Outreach and community engagement” refers to the ways in which CAPS brings expertise about mental health to the Emory community. CAPS is committed to empowering students, faculty, and staff by providing outreach in a number of forms including: Drop-in workshops and presentations about mental health-related topics; outreach support groups; collaboration with campus partners in community programming, including participation in community efforts to support students after tragic events; social media presence (@emorycaps on Instagram and Facebook); advisement of student groups committed to mental health education and promotion; and promotion of agency resources. CAPS has consultation/liaison relationships with academic departments and offices that provide student support services. Questions about outreach services can be directed to Dr. Jane Yang, Associate Director of Outreach & Consultation Services at jyang01@emory.edu.

Outreach Services


CAPS offers a series of drop-in workshops to Emory students every semester. For Fall 2020, CAPS will be offering all workshops virtually. CAPS’ virtual drop-in workshops are a one-time 60 or 90 minute, interactive class taught by CAPS’ staff on topics that often concern students (e.g., coping with procrastination, managing stress and anxiety, managing loneliness).  The aim of our workshops is to provide psychoeducation and skills that improve well-being and promote mental health. See below image to for our current virtual drop-in workshop offerings. Students can sign up for workshops by visiting bit.ly/emorycaps and login using their Emory credentials.

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RACE and CAPS programming

Anxiety and Procrastination

CAPS’ support groups are facilitated by CAPS’ staff and bring together students with similar experiences or concerns. For Fall 2020, all support groups are being offered virtually. Our support groups are intended to provide a safe space where students can share openly and support each other in overcoming difficult challenges. Students can attend one meeting, just a few meetings, or every meeting to get the support they need. Students do not need to be clients at CAPS or physically located in the state of GA in order to participate in our virtual support groups. See below image for the support groups CAPS is offering this semester. Go to bit.ly/emorycaps to learn more about each group being offered this semester. For more information about our therapy groups, go to http://counseling.emory.edu/services/groups.html

Support Groups Fall 2020

Skill Groups Fall 2020

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Outreach is a high priority here at CAPS, as it helps us address the needs of the Emory community, especially those needs that are related to the struggles that lead to student impairment or comprise student safety. We strive to meet as many of community requests as possible; however, because of the high demand for outreach services, we will prioritize those that articulate alignment with the goals of CAPS and the most well-considered requests as indicated on the request form. Before completing a request form, check out our drop-in workshop and support group offerings to see if we are already providing programs that fill your needs.

To request CAPS' participation in an event, fill out a request form. All requests for community engagement and intervention should be made at least 2-3 weeks prior to the event.

What is “Let’s Talk?”

Let’s Talk is an informal, free, confidential, consultation service that is being offered to graduate and professional students in Laney Graduate School, School of Law, School of Medicine, and School of Nursing. Let’s Talk allows students to speak with a clinician and receive support for any challenge they may be experiencing.  Let’s Talk operates on a first-come, first-serve basis; no appointment is necessary during the Let’s Talk phone-in times.  Let’s Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling but can be used to receive short-term support and resources.

Although Let’s Talk consultants are mental health professionals, Let’s Talk consultations are not mental health treatment.  For this reason, we do not keep formal documentation other than general demographic information collected at the end of each visit.

When and Where Can I Speak with a Let’s Talk Consultant?

Laney Graduate School & School of Nursing students can access a Let’s Talk consultant on Wednesdays (3:00-5:00 pm EST) by calling CAPS at (404) 727-7450 and asking to speak with a Let’s Talk consultant. All consultations occur by phone. To allow sufficient time for consultation, please call CAPS 30 minutes prior to the Let’s Talk end time in order to access a consultant.

School of Law students can access a Let’s Talk consultant on Thursdays (2:00-4:00 pm EST) by calling CAPS at (404) 727-7450 and asking to speak with a Let’s Talk consultant. All consultations occur by phone. To allow sufficient time for consultation, please call CAPS 30 minutes prior to the Let’s Talk end time in order to access a consultant.

School of Medicine students can access Let’s Talk on Mondays and Wednesdays (11:30 am-1:30 pm EST) by using the following link to schedule a HIPAA-compliant video appointment with Dr. Amelia Hoyle Miller on Microsoft Bookings: 

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/EmoryUniversity772217@mscloud.emory.net/bookings/

*** Microsoft Bookings is only available for School of Medicine students at this time.

What Can I Expect During My Let’s Talk Consultation? 

Students will meet 1:1 for a 15-20 minute consultation with a staff member from CAPS. The goal for the clinician during a Let’s Talk consultation is to provide support by exploring the student’s concerns, suggesting coping strategies, and offering resources if additional services are needed. Students are allowed to visit Let’s Talk on more than one occasion if there are no safety concerns and if formal counseling is not needed. However, students utilizing the service on a more frequent basis may be referred for mental health treatment or other types of support services.

Is My Consultation Confidential?

Your Let’s Talk consultation is confidential.  However, there are exceptions when the Let’s Talk consultant/mental health professional is ethically and legally obligated to disclose information in order to prevent imminent danger to oneself or others, or in situations where a child or vulnerable adult is being abused or neglected. Please ask the Let’s Talk consultant about this if you have any questions or concerns. You may also contact CAPS with any questions or concerns by calling 404-727-7450.

Finn is CAPS' canine outreach specialist. Due to COVID-19, he is taking a temporary break from community events. Future events will be posted here and on the CAPS' Instagram account (@emorycaps). 

Learn More about Beowulf and Finn here!

Questions about Finn? Contact CAPS' Associate Director of Outreach, Dr. Jane Yang at jyang01@emory.edu.

All media and interview requests, including interviews for class projects, are subject to vetting by Campus Life Communications. Please allow 2-3 weeks minimum for initial vetting of your request. Submit an interview request form here.
CAPS advises or oversees four student groups: the Emory Helpline, Emory’s Active Minds chapter, the Black Mental Health Ambassadors (BMHA), and the Emory Support Network (ESN). If you would like to get involved with these groups, you can find out more information here.
CAPS has formal mental health consultants/liaisons to academic departments and student support service offices. Broadly, the role of the consultant/liaison is to serve as a bridge between the designated office/department and CAPS. The consultant/liaison can support faculty/staff in making referrals to CAPS or other appropriate campus resources, and can assist faculty/staff in developing mental health outreach programming for their respective students.
QPR is a national suicide prevention training program which stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. The 2-hour training teaches 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR is intended to teach individuals how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and provides guidelines on how to ask the difficult question about suicidal thoughts, persuade individuals to get help, and refer individuals to local and national resources for support. If you would like to request a QPR training for your group, contact the CAPS Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Irene Daboin-Dominguez, at irene.daboin.dominguez@emory.edu.

The mission of the Mental Health @ Emory initiative is to create a more supportive and therapeutic campus environment by translating psychotherapy principles into interventions on a community level to foster nuanced self-reflection, critical thinking, more authentic interpersonal encounters, and a greater sense of meaning and purpose. The aim is to create a stronger sense of belonging for students and enhance their lifelong success in both personal and professional domains.  

This mission is accomplished by involving campus partners in conversations aimed to:  

  1. Re-narrate and deepen our understanding of mental health (e.g., shifting away from an over-reliance on diagnostic language to describe struggle that leads to an over-reliance on a “recognize & refer” model of response to students who are scared and/or lonely, to incorporating a “recognize and relate” response).
  2. Prompt important conversations with students about life struggles that impact their mental health.
  3. Identify and counter toxic messages that permeate our community and society.
  4. Raise awareness about the wide array of resources and supports available to students to positively impact their mental health.   

Mental Health @ Emory is an initiative started in 2017, involving a partnership between the mental health leadership on the Atlanta and Oxford campuses, Drs. Wanda Collins and Gary Glass, respectively, and this model is adapted from the work of Dr. Glass.  If you would like to participate in our Mental Health @ Emory conversation, please contact Dr. Jane Yang at jyang01@emory.edu.   

 

Contact and Hours of Operation

Address: 1462 Clifton Road, Suite 235, Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: (404) 727-7450
Fax: (404) 727-2906
Crisis Consultation: Call (404) 727-7450, 8:30-3:30, Monday-Friday
Hours of Operation: 8:30-5:00, Monday-Friday

PLEASE NOTE: If Emory University is closed due to weather or other emergency, then CAPS is also closed. In such circumstances, students will be contacted to reschedule appointments once the university reopens.