Outreach Services

Requests for virtual outreach programs are now being accepted!


Online Screening and Self-Assessment Resources

What is Outreach?

Outreach is our means of reaching outside the physical walls of the CAPS center and engaging in the lives of those connected to our MSU community – students, parents/guardians, faculty, staff, administrators, and surrounding communities.

The outreach component of our services includes a variety of programming and consultation activities in which counseling staff members are involved in awareness, education, prevention, and collaboration by providing informational services, workshops, campus-wide programming, consultation, and student peer support among other ways of engaging our community.

Outreach Philosophy

In keeping with the philosophy that ‘multiculturally-focused [and] inclusive,’ outreach is necessarily culturally sensitive and racially responsive with multiple outlets for collaboration and community engagement; In line with our public health and wellness framework, outreach is a proactive, developmental and necessary intervention in prevention, focused on building awareness, reducing stigma and increasing help-seeking behavior on our campus; and finally, outreach efforts modeled after our MSU Mission are “innovative, research-driven and lead to a better quality of life.”

Who Provides Outreach Services?

Outreach services are provided through a broad range of CAPS staff and supporters. This may include student support (i.e. student volunteers, peer support, Active Minds membership), Masters and Doctoral level intern staff, along with senior clinical staff including those with state-issued licenses to provide psychological, counseling, marriage & family, social work, or psychiatric services. Any member of the CAPS Center can be involved in programming and consultation, including specialized outreach services provided by and in connection with the following groups:

  • Core members of the Multi-Ethnic Counseling Center Alliance (MECCA)
  • Liaisons with the Department of Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS)

Outreach – Programming Requests

We offer a wide range of programming through Outreach Services. Members of our staff can be available to provide outreach services for your student group, academic department, residential hall, campus or community program.

Common Workshop topics include:

  • Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) Information – Overview of services
  • Stress Management
  • S.P.A.R.T.A.N. – Suicide Prevention and Response Training Ally Network

Requests for Virtual Outreach can be submitted here.  Once a request is made, you can expect to be contacted by a member of our outreach team to further review your request. Throughout the academic year, we do receive a large number of requests; to best accommodate your requests, we recommend submitting programming requests at least 3 weeks prior to your event date. If we cannot meet your request, we can likely be helpful in exploring alternative options.