CAPS Connect

CAPS Connect provides a place to talk about concerns during free, confidential 10- to 15-minute consultations. You can have someone listen to you and offer support, or you might prefer to receive expert suggestions about solutions and resources.

This service is available in fall and spring semesters and is open to enrolled MSU students. 

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Remember, if you need support immediately, crisis counseling is available 24/7. Call (517) 355-8270 and press “1” at the prompt to speak with a crisis counselor.

To access non-crisis mental health services and resources,  schedule a consultation to get started.

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About CAPS Connect

Preview image of CAPS Connect flyer with image of Sparty statue, QR code and CAPS description.CAPS Connect is based on the Let’s Talk model developed at Cornell University. Let's Talk has been adopted by nearly 100 universities and colleges and is shown to increase student access.

CAPS Connect hours are subject to change, particularly during University breaks and summer semester.  

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Fall 2022 Schedule

Remember, if you need support immediately, crisis counseling is available 24/7. Call (517) 355-8270 and press “1” at the prompt to speak with a crisis counselor.

Click the button below to schedule a CAPS Connect session. 

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Mondays

  • James Madison College: 2-3:30 p.m. with  Courtney Brown

    • In-person sessions will be held in  CASE S363 on: Sept . 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 14, Nov. 28 
    • Virtual:   Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5
  • College of Business , E101P Eppley Center, 1-2:30 p.m.,  Basak Khamush

    • In-person  sessions will take place in   Eppley Center room E101P  on: Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 14, Nov. 28
    • Virtual: Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5
  • College of Law: 12:30-2 p.m. with  Mollie Delzeith

    • In-person  sessions will be held in   Law School Room 230A  on: Sept . 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5
    • Virtual: Sept . 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 31, Nov. 14, Nov. 28 
  • College of Natural Science: 9:30–11 a.m. with  Abigail Waller

    • In-person sessions will be held in  Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building Room BP1312c on: Sept. 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5
    • Virtual: Sept . 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 14, Nov. 28 
  • College of Nursing: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. with  Caitlin Riley

    • In-person  sessions will be held in the   Bott Building, room C133  on: Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 14, Nov. 28 
    • Virtual: Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5
  • College of Social Science :  8:30-10 a.m. with   Dukhae Sung

    • In-person  sessions will be held in   Old Horticulture room 244  on: Sept . 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, and Dec. 5
    • Virtual: Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 14, Nov. 28

Tuesdays

  • Athletics: 11-11:45 a.m. with  Jimmy Bruce and   Olivia Scott

    • In-person sessions will be held at the  Jenison Fieldhouse in room 205 (second floor) every Tuesday. Virtual sessions are available on Fridays.
  • Gender and Sexuality Campus Center: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. with  Ginny Blakely

    • In-person  sessions will be held in the   Student Services building, room 302B,  on: Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6
    • Virtual:  Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Dec. 13
  • OISS: 1–2:30 p.m. with   Zhenshan Zhong

    • In-person  sessions will be held in the   International Center Room 7 on: Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15 and Nov. 29 
    • Virtual: Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6
  • MOSAIC (The Multicultural Unity Center):    9-10:30 a.m. with   Markie Silverman 

    • In-person  sessions will be held in  the MOSAIC 2nd floor on Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Nov. 29
    • Virtual: Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6

 

Wednesdays

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources: 3-4:30 p.m. with  Jeff Baker  
    • In-person  sessions will be held in the   PSM building, room A260  on: Sept. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 23, Dec. 7
    • Virtual dates: Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16, Nov. 30
  • College of Communication Arts and Sciences: 1:30-3 p.m. with  Kris Amos

    • In-person  sessions will be held in   room 189  on: Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16, Nov. 30
    • Virtual: Sept. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 23, Dec. 7

 

Thursdays

  • CAMP: 3-4:30 p.m. with  Jessica Oyoque-Barron

    • In-person   sessions will be held in   Holden Hall C237 on: Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, and Dec. 8.
    • Virtual: Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1
  • College of Education: 1-2:30 p.m. with  Sarah DeYoung

    • In-person  sessions will be held in   Erickson Hall Room 134G  on: Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8
    • Virtual: Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1

     

  • College of Engineering: 1-2:30 p.m. with  Jacki Fritts 

    • In-person  sessions will be held in   Engineering Building Room 1415  on: Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1
    • Virtual: Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8
  • Residential College Arts and Humanities (RCAH), Snyder C230H, 2:30-4 p.m.,  Victor Leon

    • In-person  sessions will be held in   Snyder C230H  on: Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 14, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1
    • Virtual: Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8

Fridays

  • Athletics:  10–10:45 a.m.,  Jimmy Bruce  Olivia Scott 

    • Virtual sessions are available every Friday. In-person sessions are available on Tuesdays. 
  • College of Arts and Letters: 2:30-4 p.m. with  Jovany Avendano

    • In-person  sessions will be held in   Wells Hall, room B258 on:  Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2
    • Virtual: Sept. 16, Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9
  • Lyman Briggs: 11 am–12:30 p.m. with  Sarah Fay-Koutz

    • In-person  sessions will be held in   Holmes Hall E36B  on: Sept . 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2
    • Virtual: Sept. 16, Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9

  • College of Music 3-4:30 pm with  Yvonne Connelly

    • In-person  sessions will be held in the   green room  on the following dates:   Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9
    • Virtual:  Sept . 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2
  • TRIO: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. with Chasma  Mathis  

    • In-person  sessions will be held in   Bessey Hall, room 209,  on: Sept. 16, Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9
    • Virtual: Sept . 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2

To access non-crisis mental health services and resources,  schedule a consultation to get started.

 


What is CAPS Connect?

CAPS Connect is a brief consultation program that is confidential, completely free, and available to all enrolled MSU students. Join us virtually during the scheduled times. S ign up in advance to chat with a CAPS Counselor! CAPS Connect provides a place to talk about concerns. You can have someone listen to you and offer support, or you may prefer to receive expert suggestions about solutions and resources.

Common concerns include: 

  • Stress
  • Difficulty adjusting to school
  • Academic concerns
  • Family, roommate, or other relationship issues
  • Financial concerns
  • Sadness
  • Adjustments related to COVID-19

CAPS Connect is not meant to supplement ongoing counseling or provide support in crisis situations. Students in need of crisis services can call CAPS CRISIS Line (24/7/365) at (517) 355-8270, prompt '1'.

How is CAPS Connect different from counseling?

  • CAPS Connect is a brief consultation (approximately 10–15 minutes)
  • CAPS Connect is available 90 minutes once per week in connection to multiple academic colleges and departments across campus.

What happens in a CAPS Connect session?

The student can talk about their concern or ask questions, and the CAPS Connect counselor will answer, share appropriate resources or provide support around that issue. 

Who should access CAPS Connect?

All MSU students are welcome to use CAPS Connect. The consultation is best suited for students who:

  • Aren't sure about counseling, and are wondering if it might help.
  • Are more interested in the perspective of a counselor than in ongoing counseling.
  • Are concerned about a friend and are looking for suggestions on what to do.
  • Have a specific problem they want to talk about or to talk it out.

Are CAPS Connect sessions confidential?

Conversations with CAPS Connect counselors are confidential. However, by law, counselors may need to share information in a situation in which safety for you or others is a concern. Information is also collected about d emographic information, attendance and topics discussed so that we can keep track of the students being served and those we need to continue serving. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a CAPS Connect counselor and review the information given to you during your session. 

 

Please Remember:

Preview image of CAPS Connect flyer with image of Sparty statue, QR code and CAPS description.Although CAPS Connect staff are mental health professionals, CAPS Connect is not a substitute for formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. CAPS Connect is for a consultation about a specific problem. It is also where students can ask questions about formal counseling. CAPS Connect can help you decide whether formal counseling may be helpful to you.

Click here for a PDF of the Informed Consent for MSU CAPS Connect. 

 

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