Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

About Us

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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 and group counseling, couples counseling and more. CAPS staff also provide outreach to student groups, particularly programs supportive of at-risk populations, on a wide range of issues impacting them in various aspects of campus life.

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

There are certain specialized services such as ADD/ADHD and treatment for Substance Use Disorders that are not available through CAPS.

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.

Phone: 919-660-1000
Fax: 919-660-1024

Office Hours:
Monday; Wednesday; Thursday; Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 7:00pm

If you have an urgent concern about yourself or another student after hours, call the Dean on Call at 919-970-4169 or call 984-974-6303 and let the Health-link staff member know you were referred by Duke CAPS.

Location:
3rd Floor
Duke Student Wellness Center
305 Towerview Drive

Mailing Address:
Duke Student Wellness Center
CAPS | 3rd Floor
305 Towerview Road
Durham, NC 27708

Our 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. 

Click here for our staff directory.

In case of an emergency in which your or another's immediate safety is at risk, please call Duke Police at 919-684-2444. If calling off campus, dial 9-1-1.

If you have an urgent concern about yourself or another student after 5:00pm call the Dean on Call at 919-970-4169 or call 984-974-6303 and let the Health-link staff member know you were referred by Duke-CAPS.

For concerns related to sexual assault, click here.

For additional resources in the case of a crisis or urgent situation, please also refer to the resources listed on the DukeReach web site.

The mission of CAPS Campus Community Engagement is to extend the caring wisdom and expertise of the traditional counseling session into the campus community.   Recognizing that the challenges facing students are often linked to the environment in which they live and learn, we devote a great deal of resources on trying to make the Duke University community a more therapeutic place, including challenging some of the unhealthy or harmful norms that often emerge in society. We provide various forms of outreach in the service of  CAPS' endeavors in clinical, developmental,  and social justice domains, all situated within the mission of the Division of Student Affairs.

Our Outreach Services come in various forms, including:

  • Consultation and Advising with students, faculty, and staff on efforts to improve campus mental health and create a more supportive community.
  • Programs By Request of faculty, staff, and student communities.
  • Delivering Presentations on yopics Related to Mental Health, Student Development, or Campus Life
  • Facilitation of Dialogue and Discussion on issues facing student communities.
  • Training Sessions in topics such as How To Help a Peer, Facilitating Group Discussion, and Launching Effective Initiatives aimed at improving the campus community.
  • Serving on Panels in which the expertise of CAPS staff contributes to issues being addressed on campus.
  • Distributing Materials and Tools to Inform the Duke University community about CAPS services or areas reflected in the expertise of CAPS staff.

CAPS Pledge of Support

When our community is shaken by tragic or abhorrent events on campus or beyond, CAPS’ staff wants to acknowledge the impact of these events on the students we serve.  As believers in every human being’s potential for healing and growth, we hold firm to the values of inclusion, multicultural diversity and social justice. We believe in empowering all people – including those who are marginalized and oppressed – to act together to challenge injustice, to condemn discrimination, and to promote a common humanity of equitable treatment and social cooperation.

We seek to foster a community that is safe for all students.  Just as reactions to controversial events vary across campus, they also vary among the CAPS staff.   We are each uniquely affected and respond with an array of complex emotions and viewpoints. At the same time, we strive to understand and respect perspectives that may be different from our own. Therefore, we join voices in making this pledge to all Duke students: your perspectives, values, and experiences will be welcome at CAPS, you will be safe, you will be respected, and you will be heard.

We want to remind you that you are not alone and that there are a variety of services available to support you through arduous times.  We applaud the tireless efforts of campus organizations, student groups, and committed individuals who provide spaces for discussion of all forms of inequality at our university and in our world.  We invite students to access these many resources.  We also invite you to reach out to CAPS as needed for emergency walk-in appointments, individual or group counseling, or tailored outreach programs by request.

As actions of hatred, threats of violence, and expressions fo disrespect continue to occur on campus (and beyond), CAPS stands by all communities that suffer from the racism, sexism, islamaphobia, and assaults on communities that reflect our sexual and gender diversity! CAPS would like to re-iterate our pledge of support to our students and the campus community.

We take your privacy very seriously, and our personal and professional ethics guide us in ensuring that the services you 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:

  1. When a counselor believes you present an imminent danger to yourself or others.
  2. When a counselor believes the life or safety of a readily identifiable third person is endangered.
  3. When a counselor believes that a child or vulnerable adult is being subjected to abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
  4. When disclosure is made necessary by legal proceedings.

Please note that we operate as a team when we provide services. To provide effective and up-to-date services, our individual counselors sometimes consult with with one another about our work with students. However, we all maintain the same allegiance to confidentiality described here to protect your privacy.

Email Policy:

No e-mail communication regarding clinical issues or appointments is permitted due to the lack of security available when communicating via e-mail.

Staff differ in how often they check email, and it is important that you not rely on e-mail as a means of trying to contact CAPS for counseling or consultation about mental health concerns. 

We rely on more traditional ways of communicating--the telephone or stopping by in person. We hope you understand.

We offer training experiences for pre-doctoral psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and social work interns. 

At CAPS we utilize an integrated multidisciplinary model in the delivery of a comprehensive range of psychological services to the university student community. We provide training 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. Our training programs are service oriented and individually tailored to provide a broad range of training opportunities, with particular consideration to the unique goals of each discipline.

Thank you for taking time to share your feedback with us!

We take feedback very seriously, whether it's a compliment, complaint, or suggestion about how to improve our services.

Your feedback is anonymous; yet if you would like a response, please provide your name and your preferred contact method in the form below. 

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Student Wellness Center

The Student Wellness Center, located in the heart of Campus Center, opened its doors in January of 2017. Thoughtfully designed to deliver a broad approach to wellness in an integrated manner that supports our students holistically, the Center represents the first time in Duke’s history that all student wellness units have shared the same location.

The new facility will directly assist us in our efforts to redefine success through wellness. From the first moment you walk through the doors you are welcomed by natural light and greeted with a state-of-the-art space that reflects our desire to help your student flourish. Through our educational efforts about self-care, by addressing health needs, and by providing students the opportunity to be an active participant in their wellness, we will put wellness at the center of performance and success.

Finally, the true strength of our wellness efforts are found in the world-class providers and professionals that fill the building. Student Health, DukeReach, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), DuWell, Nutrition Services, a pharmacy, physical therapy, a dental office, and a mindfulness garden overlooking the Anderson woods are some of the services you can find in the Student Wellness Center.

We believe performing academically, socially, and physically should never come at the expense of your broader wellness. Stop by and learn how you can pursue wellness and flourish on campus, and beyond.