About CAPS & WSU
Our Philosophy, Role, and Mission
CAPS operates within the philosophy of Student Affairs, which emphasizes helping students become integrated into the total academic, social, and cultural environment of the university. We seek to promote the intellectual, emotional, and social growth and development of WSU students.
Central to our philosophy is value for the worth of every individual and respect for human diversity, including (but not limited to) race, sex, age, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, gender, religion, class, philosophy, and culture.
The role of CAPS is embodied in the statement “helping students help themselves.” Counselors work to assist students in developing lifelong skills that are essential for achieving and maintaining academic and personal competence. The agency serves as a resource within the university for promoting student well-being and an affirming environment where students can enjoyably live, learn, socialize, and work.
Our primary mission is to assist students with problems and concerns that interfere with daily functioning, academic development, and persistence toward degree. Through developmental, remedial and preventive interventions, our services are designed to help students improve their mental health and wellness.
Interventions may include groups, workshops, outreaches, biofeedback, and brief focused individual or couples therapy. A testing program is maintained to help students with ADHD, LD, and psychological assessment.
Also central to our mission is training doctoral interns and advanced graduate students in psychology. We offer supervised training experiences, with an emphasis on clinical service informed by practice, theory, and research.
Our Training Facilities and Administrative Support
We are located in the recently renovated Washington building, which also houses Health & Wellness Services, the Access Center, and Behavioral Health. CAPS is within walking distance of the residence halls, campus libraries, and the Compton Union Building, where many student services offices, the university bookstore, and a food court are located.
Each intern at CAPS has a private office with an ergonomic and electric sit-stand desk, a desk chair, a small locked filing cabinet, book shelves, therapy furniture, and a portable table for conducting LD, ADHD, and psychological assessments. Each office also has adjustable lighting, a telephone, a computer with biofeedback capacity, regularly updated software programs and applications, and a printer.
SPSS has been installed on interns’ computers for use to complete dissertations or other research. Each computer also has a digital recording option, allowing for recording and viewing of clinical and supervision sessions for training purposes. Interns’ computers provide access to internet and email, the CAPS scheduling system, policies and procedures, clinical paperwork templates, outreach materials, and the intern handbook and training materials.
CAPS has three group rooms with computer, internet, and projection capacity that are used for faculty meetings, outreaches and workshops, and training seminars. The Center also has a large testing room with individual testing desks and monitoring capacity, and a resource room with biofeedback equipment and a projective sand tray. CAPS has gender neutral restrooms and a kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, and dining access.
Testing Services is located within CAPS and keeps up-to-date, standardized psychological and learning disability testing and assessment instruments. The Testing Coordinator maintains a library of assessment texts that interns may borrow.
CAPS employs several administrative personnel who provide a wide range of clerical and technical support for the interns. These positions include a program manager, two program coordinators, two office assistants, and an information technology professional.
The University and Region
WSU Pullman is one of the top 50 public research universities in the U.S. (according to US News & World Report) and one of the largest residential campuses west of the Mississippi.
Located on the rolling hills of the Palouse Prairie, WSU’s 620-acre campus has much to offer. Year-round residents and students of Pullman and nearby Moscow, Idaho, have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of cultural and recreational activities on and off campus.