A Statement from CAPS
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) joins the rest of the Montclair State University community in expressing our grief, sorrow and compassion to those who have been impacted by the hate and violence against communities of color – most recently against people of Asian Descent in the wake of the pandemic. For years we’ve witnessed violence directed against the Black/African American community. These tragedies reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of systemic racial injustice in our country that we condemn and are dedicated to addressing. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt. As a mental health service, CAPS is committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma. We encourage you to contact our office if you (or someone you know) would like support with coping and healing.
CAPS provides a host of drop in support groups in which recognizing and coping with racialized trauma may be discussed. During the semester, these virtual drop in groups include COPING 101 (Tuesdays 3-4 pm), Mosaic Women (Wednesdays 1-2 pm) and Connecting Across Cultures (Thursdays 2-3 pm). For a one-on-one consultation, please drop-in to Let’s Talk, offered five days a week. We hope you join us there for dialogue, support and strength.
We are a department within the Dean of Students Office designed to provide free personal counseling and psychological services for Montclair State students, as well as referrals and consultations for faculty and staff. We are fully accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Centers (IACS).
- Allow students to make the most of their academic experience
- Help prevent future problems
- Help students develop to their fullest potential by learning new skills and resolving issues that may limit their performance
- Assist and support faculty and staff through consultation
- Promote wellness through workshops, presentations and major campus events
- Provide a positive training environment and close supervision for graduate students in counseling and psychology