Our Mission

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers confidential and free professional mental health services to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Penn. Our goal is to assist students in their adjustment to university life and help them take full advantage of the academic and social environment at Penn. Students learn to manage personal problems, situational crises, and academic stresses, as well as develop self awareness, personal responsibility, and skills for life-long learning.

CAPS offers clinical prevention, intervention, and consultation services as well as training and supervision with special attention on issues of diversity and multiculturalism.


Thrive at Penn:
Wellness Message for Undergraduate Students

Thrive at Penn:
Wellness Message for Graduate and Professional Students

Confidentiality

CAPS strictly protects the confidentiality of information shared during sessions. We are ethically committed to confidentiality and federal/state laws require it. This means that even your attendance in counseling is kept private and confidential.

State and Federal law states that there are four exceptions to this general rule:
1. You may request (by means of a signed release) that your counselor reveal information to other individuals or agencies of your choice.
2. In instances where there is imminent danger of serious harm to yourself or others.
3. In cases involving physical and/or sexual abuse of children or endangered adults.
4. Where otherwise requested by subpoena or mandated by court order or state/federal law.Collaborations and Partnerships

CAPS has extensive partnerships with Schools and Centers across campus and the community.
Academic Support - Career Services - Learning Resources - LGBT Center - Office of the Chaplain - Penn Police - Penn Women's Center - RAP Helpline - Student Disabilities - Student Health - Student Intervention

Staff Directory

The CAPS clinical staff consists of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and a nurse practitioner.  We also have trainees on staff.
See full staff directory