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!

    Click Here to see our upcoming workshops on PantherConnect

    Click here to learn more about our workshops

  • Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)

    TAO is an online platform of tools and educational materials to help you to learn about and change how you think and feel. It may be used in conjunction with your therapist, or as a self-help tool. TAO includes over 150 brief, effective, educational sessions covering over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness, and substance use issues. It also includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools all aimed at helping you achieve your goals.

    You may access this platform by clicking here and using the "TAOSelf" as your enrollment key.

    You can also download the TAO mobile App on your mobile device from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android). Leave the enrollment key field blank when prompted.

  • 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 by logging in to your FIU Develop portal!

    Kognito is free for FIU students, faculty and staff!

  • 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!

     

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  • 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)
  • 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 to visit the Victim Empowerment Program.
  • Office of Social Justice and Inclusion Trainings

    The Office of Social Justice and Inclusion (OSJI) facilitates your social justice, equity, and inclusion training needs. Facilitation of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings are FREE for all FIU students, student groups, and classes.

    All faculty and staff requests can be found online in the "Trainings" section of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website. Please know that our team will work directly with each individual request to ensure our presentations meet your needs.

    Programs on demand MUST BE REQUESTED TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE of the scheduled date(s).

    Individuals with a disability requesting an accommodation to attend these events, workshops, or seminars must make the request no less than five working days in advance by calling 305-348-2436 or TTY via FRS at 1-800-955-8771.

    Click here to request a training

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Contact

To make an appointment with us, please call:

305-348-2277 (CAPS)

Note: We continue to offer initial appointments through telehealth.

 

Emergency/Crisis/After-Hours

If you are in need of immediate services outside of our normal operating hours, please call our 24-Hour hotline (305-348-2277 and follow prompts)  to speak with a licensed clinician.

 

MMC

SHC 270

305-348-2277

Telehealth Hours of Operation 

Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

Face-to-face Hours of Operation

By appointment

 

BBC

WUC 320

305-919-5305

Telehealth Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

Face-to-face Hours of Operation

By appointment