CAPS Connect

What is CAPS Connect?

CAPS Connect is a brief consultation program that is confidential, completely free, and available to all enrolled MSU students. Just drop-in during the scheduled times - no appointment is necessary! 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

CAPS Connect is not meant to supplement ongoing counseling or provide support in crisis situations. Students in need of crisis services can drop-in to CAPS on the third floor of Olin Health Center. If the crisis is after hours, students can call CAPS at 517.355.8270.

How is CAPS Connect different from counseling?

  • CAPS Connect is a brief consultation (approximately 10-15 minutes)
  • It is first-come, first-served. No appointments!

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 visit 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.
  • Students who are more interested in the perspective of a counselor than in ongoing counseling.
  • Students who are concerned about a friend and are looking for suggestions on what to do.
  • Students with a specific problem they wish to talk about or 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. CAPS Connect counselors keep brief written notes of their contacts with students only in the event that there is an emergency, or when a student is referred to CAPS for treatment. In these situations, other CAPS clinicians may see these notes. Information is also collected about attendance 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.

Where is CAPS Connect?

CAPS Connect is available in multiple locations across campus, open 90 minutes once per week at each location. 

The list is organized by day of the week. Click on the CAPS Connect counselor to learn more about them. Listings below indicate the student group or college (although each is open to all students), location, day and time, and CAPS Connect counselor.

Important Note: Hours are subject to change, particularly during University breaks and summer semester. 

MONDAYS

  • Natural Science, Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building Room BPS1312, Mondays from 9-10:30 am, Mike Alnarshi
  • COGS (IMPORTANT NOTE: Cancelled on 10/21), Library Conference Room A, Mondays from 4-5:30 pm, Meg Akehi

TUESDAYS

  • LBGT Resource Center, Student Services Building, Room 302B, Tuesdays from 1:30-3:00 pm, Ginny Blakely
  • James Madison College, Room S363, Tuesdays from 1:30-3:00 pm, Courtney Brown
  • Communication Arts and Sciences, Room 189, Tuesdays from 3-4:30 pm, Bonnie Wheeler

WEDNESDAYS

  • College of Arts and Letters (IMPORTANT NOTE: Starting date to be 11/6.), Wells Hall, B-Wing Room 441, Wednesdays from 3-4:30 pm, CAPS Staff 
  • Residential College Arts and Humanities (RCAH), Snyder Hall Serenity Lounge Room C220, Wednesdays from 2-3:30 pm, Olivia Scott
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources, Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences Building Room 260 Wednesdays from 3-4:30 pm, Jeff Baker  
  • Engineering Building, Room 1415, Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm, Kris Amos 
  • Law School, Law School Room 230F, Wednesdays from 1-2:30 pm, Talitha Easterly

THURSDAYS

  • International Students, International Center Room 105, Thursdays 1:30-3:00 pm, Zhenshan Zhong
  • College of Veterinary Medicine (IMPORTANT NOTE: Cancelled on 10/31), Room A227A, Thursdays 3-4:30 pm, Jessica Mitchell-Corsino
  • TRIO, Bessey Hall Room 209A, Thursdays 3-4:30 pm, Martez Burks  
  • MOSAIC, 2nd floor of MSU Student Union, Thursdays 4:30-6:00 pm, Jimmy Bruce   

FRIDAYS

Please Remember:

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 a 1-page flyer describing the CAPS Connect program.

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

*CAPS Connect starts fall semester 2019. CAPS Connect dates and locations will be added once they are finalized.

CAPS Connect is modeled on the Let's Talk program developed and pioneered at Cornell University.