CAPS Connect

CAPS Connect provides a place to talk about concerns during free, confidential 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 to enrolled MSU students and will include virtual and in-person opportunities for the Fall 2021 semester.

View the Fall 2021 below or click the Schedule Now button to schedule your CAPS Connect appointment.  

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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 2021 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 your CAPS Connect session: 

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Mondays

  • CAMP: 1:30-3 p.m. with Jessica Oyoque-Barron

    • In-person sessions will be held in Holden Hall C237 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 and Nov. 29

  • James Madison College: 2:30-4 p.m. with Courtney Brown

    • In-person sessions will be held in CASE S363 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

  • 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. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Nov. 29
    • Virtual: Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6

 

  • 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. 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 and Nov. 29

 

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 238 (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. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 23 and Dec. 7
    • Virtual: Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16, Nov. 30, Dec. 14

 

  • OISS: 1–2:30 p.m. with Zhenshan Zhong

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

 

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. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1
    • Virtual dates: Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Nov. 24, Dec. 8

  • College of Law: 2-3:30 p.m. with Talitha Easterly

    • In-person sessions will be held in Law School Room 230F on: Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Nov. 24, Dec. 8
    • Virtual: Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1

 

Thursdays

  • College of Arts and Letters: 1-2:30 p.m. with Jonathan Ritz

    • 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

  • College of Education: 1-2:30 p.m. with Sarah DeYoung

    • In-person sessions will be held in Erickson Hall Room 134G 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 Engineering: 2:30-4 p.m. with Kris Amos 

    • In-person sessions will be held in Engineering Building Room 1415 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

  • 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. 16 (Dr. Mitchell-Corsino will facilitate CAPS Connect on Sept. 16), Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9
    • Virtual: Sept. 16, Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9

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  • College of Veterinary Medicine12:30-2 p.m. with Silvia Leija

    • In-person sessions will be held in room A227 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

 

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 Business, E101P Eppley Center, 1-2:30 p.m., Basak Khamush

    • In-person sessions will take place in Eppley Center room E101P on: Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3
    • Virtual: Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 29, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10

  • College of Communication Arts and Sciences: 1:30-3 p.m. with BaoChun Hind

    • In-person sessions will be held in room 189 on: Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3
    • Virtual: Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 29, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10


  • Lyman Briggs: 11 am–12:30 p.m. with Sarah Fay-Koutz

    • In-person sessions will be held in Holmes Hall E36B on Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 29, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10
    • Virtual: Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, and Dec. 3

  • MOSAIC (The Multicultural Unity Center):  1:30-3 p.m. with Markie Silverman 

    • In-person sessions will be held in the small study space on the second floor of the MSU Student Union on Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3
    • Virtual: Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 15, Oct. 29, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10
    • Unavailable Oct. 1 and Oct. 8
  • College of Music3-4:30 pm with Yvonne Connelly

    • In-person sessions will be held in the green room on the following dates: Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 29, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10
    • Virtual: Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3

  • College of Social Science: 8:30-10 a.m. with Jessica Mitchell-Corsino

    • In-person sessions will be held in Old Horticulture room 244 on: Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 29, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10
    • Virtual: Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3

  • TRIO: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. with Martez Burks  

    • In-person sessions will be held in Bessey Hall, room 209P, on: Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3
    • Virtual: Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 29, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10

To access non-crisis CAPS services, schedule an initial 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. Sign 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 demographic 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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