Counseling and Psychological Services
The current political climate has brought on strong reactions for many of our students, staff and faculty. Many in our vibrant community have been impacted by the recent immigration executive order. The staff of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Montclair State University deeply value our global and diverse community and remain committed to inclusivity and belongingness for all in our campus community. We take a stance against discrimination and oppression in any form. CAPS support our international students, staff, and faculty. We encourage any student who is struggling with the personal impact of the political climate, experiencing negative treatment, threats or more subtle forms of oppression because of race or ethnicity, religious affiliation, country of origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other aspect of identity to schedule an appointment (973-655-5211) or drop by a Let’s Talk session.
CAPS provides a safe space for discussions on identity, empowerment, and intercultural competency. As this is a highly emotional time for our nation, we recommend several strategies to care for yourself and help you remain productive throughout the semester including:
- Acknowledging your feelings: check your emotional state before you engage in conversations. Are you in a space to talk?
- Focusing on tasks or events that are in your control
- Connect with friends, family, a community, or safe space to ground and support you
- Focusing on the present and shifting away from the future focus
- Monitoring your media use—check your reactions before and after taking in the information; set time limits
- Opt out of unproductive conversations. Pay attention to whether the discussion is going to benefit anyone or just increase stress levels
- Take care of basic needs such as eating, sleeping, drinking water, playing, and laughing. Incorporate activities that recharge you and relax you every day
- Volunteer for an organization that supports your values and interests on or off campus
- Attend a program sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement, Health Promotion, LGBTQ Center or CAPS
- Contact the Bias, Education, and Response Team (BERT) (www.montclair.edu/student-development-campus-life/oed/bias-response-taskforce) if you have experienced a bias or identity-based violence
- Connect with Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths: https://www.muslimadvocates.org/
- Utilize self-care apps such as Breathe2Relax (iPhone, Android); Mindshift (iphone, Android); Stop, Breathe, Think (iPhone, Android); Headspace (iPhone, Android); Virtual Hope Box (iPhone, Android)
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers short-term individual and group counseling to students, as well as a variety of educational and consultative services designed to promote wellness in the campus community.
We are located in Russ Hall. The entrance to our office is on the west side of the building.
All counseling services are free, voluntary and confidential. Please call (973) 655-5211 or stop by Russ Hall for an appointment. CAPS hours are: