Eastern Michigan University

Information for Parents

Introduction

CAPS offers a variety of mental health care services to EMU students, including counseling and psychiatry. Our services are confidential, and free (with the exception of psychiatry). We are located on the top floor of the Snow Health Center.

Our Staff

Our professional staff are licensed and experienced mental health professionals. In addition to our professional staff, clients may be seen by post-doctoral trainees, post-master's trainees and graduate students from the departments of Psychology, Social Work, and Leadership and Counseling. The work of post-graduate and graduate student counselors is supervised by professional staff.

Eligibility

Only currently-enrolled EMU students are eligible for services at CAPS.

Confidentiality

As a parent, it is understandable that you would want to know about the services that your child might be receiving at CAPS. However, confidentiality in the mental health arena is a professionally and legally complex issue. Treating information confidentially means not releasing it to anyone outside of CAPS without written consent, including parents. Our staff understands that this may be difficult for some parents; however we are legally and ethically required to maintain these standards of confidentiality. What may be helpful to know is that in many instances, students are more than willing to sign a release of information that would allow the therapist to discuss their situation or concerns with their parents.

However, for any number of personal reasons, there are students who are not willing to sign a release of information. In these cases, we cannot release information without our client’s permission, unless we determine that the student is a danger to self or others, in situations involving child or adult abuse or neglect, court orders or the subpoena of records.

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