Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

About Us

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) helps Duke students enhance strengths and develop abilities to successfully live, grow and learn in their personal and academic lives. We offer many services to Duke undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, including brief individual counseling/psychotherapy, consultation, couples and group counseling, assistance with referrals, and more. CAPS staff also provide outreach education programs to student groups, particularly programs supportive of at-risk populations. on a wide range of issues impacting them in various aspects of campus life.

Faculty, administrators, staff, parents and concerned students are also encouraged to contact CAPS to discuss students in need of assistance, or to address other matters relating to mental health in the university community.

The CAPS staff includes psychologists, clinical social workers, and psychiatrists experienced in working with college-age adults. From the everyday challenges of life to more profound impairment or "interruption" of daily functioning, we recognize that any student may face some level of challenge at any point in their careers here at Duke. Our work is guided by sensitivity to the needs of a diverse student body.

CAPS is designed as a short-term care clinic and, therefore, we are limited in our ability to provide care for students needing long-term or more open-ended care.

In addition, certain specialized services are not available through CAPS. These include ADD/ADHD services and Substance abuse treatment.

We do recognize that several our students will need longer term or a more specialized type of care and we have a strong network with area community providers for these.  For more information on these community resources, contact the CAPS Referral Coordinator at 660-1000.

Vision, Mission and Goal Statements

CAPS Vision. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is guided by the missions and goals of Duke University and the Division of Student Affairs. CAPS incorporates these goals into its strategic plan by offering students opportunities to address barriers to learning, to increase understanding of themselves and others, to reflect about their behaviors and life patterns, and to increase skills for positive change and growth. Within the learning community, CAPS contributes strongly to learning outcomes that promote students’ emotional, social, ethical, cognitive development, and safety. CAPS collaborates with others in the university who are concerned with students’ well-being and creating conditions for optimal learning and growth. CAPS’ professionals are committed to identifying and responding to patterns of unhealthy or oppressive behavior in order to advocate for systemic interventions. Maintaining a highly competent, multiculturally diverse and multidisciplinary staff of mental health professionals committed to sustaining a healthy and inclusive learning community is central to CAPS’ vision.

CAPS Commitment to Diversity

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to diversity as a core value of our organization. CAPS provides services within a context that values the uniqueness of each human being and remains sensitive to cultural and individual diversity in the immediate and extended community.  This includes our respect for how race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, disability, and veteran status might impact a person’s experience in the Duke community and the larger societies and world in which we live. 

The staff at CAPS is also committed to maintaining awareness that our various cultural lenses have an impact on how we view our colleagues and our students, and we remain committed to dismantling our biases. This commitment is guided by the professional standards and ethics of our diverse mental health disciplines. CAPS commits to these diversity principles and policies out of our profound respect for each student, staff, faculty, parent, family member and colleague within our community.

Confidentiality and Privacy

The entire staff at CAPS takes students' privacy very seriously, and our personal and professional ethics guide us in ensuring that the services students receive here remain confidential.  Information revealed in counseling, even the information that you have made an appointment, is not disclosed to others unless you provide written authorization for that information to be released.
The exceptions to this practice are:


Clinical Staff

Administrative Staff