Prevention & Outreach
Prevention and outreach allows for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff to connect, educate and intervene with the larger UCF community and ultimately strengthen our "community of caring." Providing education and prevention to university students, faculty and staff is often called outreach.
Outreach is a broad term and includes facilitating workshops (e.g., stress management, introduction to mental health services, how to help someone in distress), forming liaison relationships with units and departments focused on student needs, consulting between faculty, staff, parents and concerned students about a student who may be in distress, and being present at numerous events.
Through prevention and outreach, CAPS is able to reach numerous students, from those who are interested in learning more about college student mental health and may benefit from gaining information about the variety of services CAPS has to offer, to those who may want to know more about how to help a friend, to reaching out to those students who may experience too much stigma to actually feel comfortable seeking therapy. CAPS creates a web of support not only for students, but also encourages staff and faculty involvement through a variety of education and prevention efforts.