Services

Counseling and Psychological Services offers programs and services with licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, and trainees with expertise dealing with student concerns and development. Students who are currently registered at Florida International University are eligible to utilize these services and participate in the programs. The services offered by CAPS are funded by the student health fee and therefore free to currently enrolled students.

If you are an online student, click the button below to see a list of services designed especially for you: 

Online

  • E-workshops

    CAPS clinicians offer a plethora of virtual, psycho-educational, drop-in workshop sessions focused on helping students thrive. These 60-minute workshops are described below. They are designed to assist with coping and provide concrete skills.

    Workshops do not provide mental health treatment. If you would like to speak with a counselor, call us at (305) 348-2277. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact 911 or an emergency mental health service in your local community.

    Please visit our PantherConnect page to access all event information including Zoom links, to RSVP, and to add them to your personal calendar!

    Managing Social Isolation and Anxiety in Crisis 

    A workshop focused on providing psycho-education on coping with current transitions through radical acceptance, while still fostering meaningful social and emotional connection with others

    Now you can also request this presentation for your class by visiting this link and filling out the workshop request form.

    #Adulting: Relationships Edition

    Relationships with parent(s), friends(), partner(s), coworker(s)… basically relationships with anyone in our lives can be quite complex. These two workshops will be focused on providing psycho-education for students interested in learning life-long skills to improve any relationships.

    • Building Healthy Relationships: This session focuses on learning skills for developing and maintaining healthy relationships with significant people in your life. Join us to explore relationships skills that are proven to be effective and relevant when developing meaningful and healthy relationships.
    • Managing Relationship Conflicts: Conflicts in relationships are common and are an important part as we get to know people and desire closeness. This session focuses on learning skills for managing conflicts in relationships. Join us June 8th at 11am to explore skills that are research-based and successful for addressing relationship conflicts.

    Anxiety Toolbox

    A two-part workshop focused on utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to disentangle the experience of anxiety.

    • Calming the Body: we will take a broad look at physiological symptoms of anxiety and introduce methods for slowing down and putting our bodies in a relaxed state.
    • Calming the Mind: we will focus on increasing insight into the thought patterns that impact anxiety; increasing awareness and understanding are major tools in addressing anxiety.

    Career

    • Exploring My Career Path: In this workshop you will explore how factors such as personality, interests, family, culture, values, and skills impacts your current and future career identity.
    • Setting Goals for My Career: In this workshop you will learn to apply goal setting techniques to make decisions about your career identity and journey.

     Getting Unstuck

    Increase your understanding and knowledge about depression. The goal is to provide you with some skills to recognize and manage symptoms you may be experiencing.


    Improve Reading Comprehension and Retention

    A Clinical Outreach Workshop for a group or groups of FIU students (clients and non-clients) run via Zoom and consisting of 2 sessions (45 minutes long) covering:

    1. Self-assessment regarding reading strategies and retention abilities
    2. Passive reading strategies vs. active reading strategies
    3. Reading speed & how to read faster
    4. Self-assessment Re-Test
    5. Tips how to use textbook correctly
    6. Strategies that help to remember content
    7. Tips on highlighting
    8. Self-assessment regarding textbook use

    This clinical outreach workshop is directed at the general student population, but it also may help students with reading disorders or ADHD


    Improve Math Understanding and College Math Study Strategies

    A Virtual Clinical Outreach Workshop for a group or groups of FIU students (clients and non-clients) run via Zoom and consisting of 1 session (45 minutes long) covering:

    1. Depicting the correct mindset for college math
    2. Making College Math less difficult
    3. Strategies how to study during the Math Class
    4. Strategies to make Math Homework more effective
    5. Strategies how to study for the Math Exam
    6. Strategies how to tackle the Math Exam
    7. Strategies how to learn from mistakes on the Math Test


    This clinical outreach workshop is directed at the general student population, but it also may help students with ADHD or Math Testing Anxiety


    How to Read a Scientific Paper

    A Clinical Outreach Workshop for a group or groups of FIU students (clients and non-clients) run via Zoom and consisting of 1 session (45 minutes long) covering:

    1. Strategies how to critically read a peer-reviewed primary research paper
    2. Strategies how to evaluate the results of a primary research paper

    This clinical outreach workshop is directed at the general student population, especially upper-class students thinking about enrolling in graduate school.


    ADHD

    A series of workshops focused on providing psycho-education for students with ADHD or probable ADHD and those who would like to learn more about it!

    Playlist of recorded versions:

    • About my ADHD: This session focuses on knowledge building: Understanding of symptoms of ADHD and how ADHD interferes with life activities 
    • Coping with my ADHD: This session focuses on skill building: Improving coping mechanisms to deal with stress due to the condition & coping with the corona virus. 
    • Who is in control?: This session focuses on skill building: Improving time management strategies to take control of ADHD concerns. 
    • Learning to Manage Myself: This session focuses on skill building: Improving planning and organizational skills to take control of ADHD concerns. 
    • How do I Remember All This?: This session focuses on skill building: Improving study skills and memorization strategies.
    • Career Exploration: This session focuses on skill building: Improving skills and habits related to the work place. 
    • Learning to Work Well with Others: This session focuses on skill building: Improving Soft Skills related to the work place. 
    • Wrap-up: This session “wraps-up” the workshop series. It includes debriefing and the scheduling of one (virtual)coaching appointment.
  • Caretaker Support Forums

    Are you a caregiver in need of supportive services? Let CAPS clinicians help you learn about self-care practices, resources and provide emotional support. We will be hosting bi-monthly Zoom support forums for students in the caregiver role. Join us to share your stories, vent, and get ideas on how to cope!

    Please visit our PantherConnect page to access all event information including Zoom links, to RSVP, and to add them to your personal calendar!
  • Forums to Counter Racism with Love & Support

    These are available upon request for student groups or departments in response to recent and on-going events impacting various communities including, but not limited to: Xenophobia, police violence against people of color, systemic racism, privilege, oppression, and institutional challenges.

    A space to discuss reactions to recent and on-going events, self-care, and relevant resources. Hosting unit will have the option to select a forum based on their intended audience.

    Please note the All Panthers Inclusive Forum is open to all racial groups.

    Please fill out a workshop request form and select Forum to Counter Racism from the drop down list, if you wish to co-host with us. Make sure to specify in the comment section the type of forum you wish to request.


    Student Forum 1: Black/Black-Caribbean/African-American Panthers

    Forum for self-identified Black/Black-Caribbean/African-American Students – a healing space of care and support for the Black community.


    Student Forum 2: People of Color Panthers

    Forum for all self-identified People of Color – a healing space for POC to discuss unique impacts of systemic racism.

     

    Student Forum 3: White Panthers

    Forum for self-identified White Students– a connecting space for allies to share experiences, identify ways to take action against racism, and how to support and advocate for peers and friends who identify as Black/POC.

     

    Student Forum 4: White Hispanic/White Latinx Panthers

    Forum for self-identified White Hispanic/White Latinx Students – a reflection space for students to identify privilege, power and racism within the Hispanic/Latinx community and ways to advocate for racial justice.


    Student Forum 5: All Panthers Inclusive Forum

    Forum inclusive of All Racial groups – a uniting space for both allies and marginalized groups.

     

  • Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)

    The TAO therapy is an online platform of tools and educational materials to help you to learn about and change how you think and feel. Along with the educational materials in the platform, every week you will be completing a short mood survey and meeting online with your therapist in a brief video conference.

    Your therapist will provide you with support, encouragement, problem solving, and accountability. These modules are designed to help you have a better understanding of your personal situation and equip you with tools to aid you in feeling less anxious now and as you go forward in your life. Some concerns that may be addressed by TAO include depression, anxiety, communication, and substance use issues.

     

    Sign-In (If you already have an account, otherwise, please fill out the form below)

     

  • Kognito

    CONVERSATIONS CAN CHANGE LIVES

    Have you ever been worried about a student or friend on campus? Faculty, staff, and students are in an ideal position to recognize when someone is struggling emotionally and may need help. Kognito is an online simulation that lets you practice conversations with a virtual student, so you’ll know what to say in real life.

    FIU's Counseling & Psychological Services is making this program available to faculty and staff to help create a safer and more supportive campus.

    These simulations have been deployed by more than 350 schools in the U.S., Canada, UK, and New Zealand and are research-proven and evidence-based.

    Intrigued? Check it out! Kognito is free for FIU students, faculty and staff!

    Take me there!

  • RIO Online

    RIO stands for Recognition, Insight and Openness and is an online workshop that will show you skills to handle uncomfortable feelings through a series of short videos and journal exercises. RIO online is based on the RIO workshop created and generously shared by the Cal Poly University Counseling Services Team. This online workshop will help you recognize what you want to change in your life and give you a roadmap to reach your desired goals. 

    Check it out!

  • Online Screenings

    Self-screening programs provide a quick and simple way to screen yourself with complete anonymity. CAPS offers anonymous and confidential online screenings for for depression and anxiety. Completing these screenings will help you determine if your recent thoughts or behaviors may be associated with a common, treatable mental health issue.

    Take one today!

     

  • Improve your knowledge on alcohol, drugs and relationships!
  • Podcasts

    PeerCast

    Casual conversations about topics that sometimes aren’t so casual.

    PeerCast: A casual chat with the Peer Educators is a Florida International University podcast series created & hosted by Eliandro Ramirez Chang; a Miami local, student in his senior year, and university employee working as a LEAD Team Peer Educator at FIU’s Counseling and Psychological Services & The Victim Empowerment Program.

    Join Eli along with the other Peer Educators while they discuss topics such as stress, sexual assault, mental health and more. Oh! and sometimes they get into arguments about philosophy and aliens.

    Listen Here!

    On the couch with Kiwi

    “On the couch with Kiwi” is a short podcast series featuring FIU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) clinicians being interviewed by Psychology Doctoral Interns.

    Take a Listen!

  • CAPS Talks

    In CAPS Talks you can see various of our clinicians and peer educators as they go over various topics regarding mental health that affect our everyday life and how we can overcome some of these.

    Playlist of Episodes:

On-Campus

  • Group Counseling

    At CAPS we believe group counseling is one of the most effective ways to deal with some issues that affect College Students. Check out the groups we are currently offer below:

     

    • Defy Your Fears Group

      Provides students a supportive environment to gradually face what they have been avoiding because of fear, including social interactions with new people.

    • Understanding Self and Others Group

      Understanding Self and Others Group is a safe space where students can experiment with new ways of relating to others and get support and feedback from others.

    • The Leading Ladies Women's Group

      Offers a warm and supportive environment for women to explore issues related to improving relationships with other women, increasing self-esteem and self-confidence, balancing multiple roles, and enhancing communication.

    • The Bro to Bro Men's Group

      Offers a safe place for men to explore issues related to the pressures of what's acceptable for men and their relationships with others.

    • ADAPT Group

      Offers students the opportunity to learn and develop adaptive coping skills to better manage life’s challenges, such as academic distress, painful emotions, and interpersonal conflict.

    • The Seeking Safety Survivors Group

      Assists students in developing skills that can reduce the impact of past traumatic life experiences as well as helping them gain insight as to how these past experience may be impacting their current relationships.

    • Sista Circle

      “Sista” Circle is a supportive space created to help women who identify as being a member of a marginalized ethnic/racial group work through issues associated with academics, familial difficulties, interpersonal-intrapersonal conflict, identity development, self-esteem, mental health difficulties and so much more.

    • Art & Soul Expressive Arts Group

      Offers a safe space where students can use various expressive art mediums and the creative process to gain insight into themselves and experiment with new ways of relating to others.

    • Pride Tribe:

      This interpersonal process group provides a safe space for LGBTQIA-identified students to process their struggles, support one another, and learn about themselves through interactions with peers.

    • Body Acceptance Group:

      This interpersonal process group provides a judgment-free space for students to discuss their struggles with food, weight, and body image. Emphasis will be placed on exploring more effective ways to express difficult thoughts and emotions, rather than acting them out through eating disorder behaviors. Members will also learn and practice new, healthier ways of relating to others.

    • “Free Your Mind”

      This weekly group treatment helps clients who experience intrusive and distressing thoughts, and who then engage in time-consuming rituals and/or avoidance of triggers to decrease anxiety in the moment. Students learn to challenge and replace beliefs and attitudes that maintain obsessions and compulsions. The main component of this treatment is exposure plus response prevention therapy, the gold-standard treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). With guidance from psychologists facilitating the group, students gradually face their fears without relying on compulsions.

  • Individual and Couples Counseling

    CAPS offers individual counseling to those students with concerns appropriate to be treated in a brief psychotherapy model.

    Couples who are both registered FIU students may be seen at CAPS for couples counseling.

  • Testing

    CAPS offers comprehensive psycho-educational testing services for students with possible ADHD and/ or learning disorders, and other medical or psychiatric conditions negatively affecting academic performances.

    During your Access appointment, you can request a testing consultation and/ or an ADHD screening to find out whether a full psycho-educational evaluation would be helpful for you. Testing consultations and ADHD screenings will take around 90 mins. Both are free of charge.

    • A psycho-educational evaluation (2 sessions, each 2 to 3 hrs long) will assess your strengths and weaknesses and will determine the presence of ADHD, learning disorders, or other mental conditions negatively affecting your academic performance.  It also provides you with meaningful recommendations regarding necessary accommodations that will help you to pursue  your academic goals. The current fee is $300.
    • A  neuropsychological evaluation with personality testing (3 sessions, each 2 to 3 hrs long) is necessary when you are requesting special accommodations from entities outside of FIU  (like LSAT, MCAT, GRE, Board exams) as these entities have very stringent testing requirements. The current fee is $600.

    A clinician also may refer you for diagnostic or therapeutic reasons for a personality testing. A session will take around 90 mins and is free of charge.

  • Biofeedback

    BFB treatment takes place at CAPS BBC as well as CAPS MMC (Fridays only). BFB treatment can be offered as adjunct to therapy or as a stand-alone treatment.

    BFB treatment is helpful for many mental conditions but also for stress prevention & burnout prevention. In BFB therapy, the client learns awareness & voluntary control over autonomous physiological states (Breathing rate, heart rate, GSR, muscle tension, body temperature) to increase self-regulation. 

    Common Referral Reasons for BFB:

    • Anxiety Disorders (including Math Anxiety or other specific phobias, GAD, PTSD)
    • Panic Attacks
    • Hyperventilation
    • Tension Headaches
    • Stress
    • Sleeping Troubles
    • Stress Prevention (Graduate Students)
    • Burnout- Prevention (Graduate Students, Teachers, Nurses)
  • Body Acceptance Program (BAP)

    Do you diet or work out too much? Does food stress you out? Are you preoccupied with your weight or how you look? And are you looking for help? BAP may be for you. Participation entails meeting with our multidisciplinary team of professionals: a psychologist, to help you understand and work through your food problems; a registered dietician, to evaluate and make recommendations for improving your relationship to food and body; and a primary care physician, to assess your overall health and its role in your food and body image problems.

    If you would like to take advantage of these services, contact CAPS to request a ‘BAP screening’ with our clinical psychologist. Typically, this screening includes referrals for a medical assessment by our primary care physician and nutritional assessment with our registered dietician. If you meet criteria for participation in BAP, you will be invited to engage in short-term individual counseling concurrent with regular follow-up nutrition consultations and medical evaluations, in order to treat your problems most comprehensively. For more information, contact CAPS at (305) 348-2277.

  • Medication Management
    Psychiatric services are offered to students who are receiving psychotherapy at CAPS. When indicated, a therapist may make a referral to the psychiatric staff for crisis, consultation and evaluation for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment. Treatment may include the prescription and monitoring of medication.
  • Trauma and Victimization
    The Victim Empowerment Program specializes in working with students who have experienced threatened or actual violence. Please click here for more information.

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Contact

To make an appointment with us, please call:

305-348-2277 (CAPS)

Appointments will be held over the phone or by videoconference (through a HIPAA-compliant platform).

 

Emergency/Crisis/After-Hours

If you are in need of immediate services, please call our 24-Hour hotline 305-348-2277 (CAPS) to speak with a licensed clinician.

 

MMC

SHC 270

305-348-2277

Remote Hours of Operation 

Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

 

 

BBC

WUC 320

305-919-5305

Remote Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM