WELCOME TO CAPS

CHRISTINE F. PRICE Center for
Counseling and Psychological Services

In a Crisis? Need Help Now?   Concerned about a Student?   Location and Office Hours   Christine F. Price

Our Center

The Center for Counseling at Psychological Services (CAPS) is a department within the Division of Student Affairs at UNC Charlotte. CAPS, along with the Student Health Center, the Center for Wellness Promotion, and University Recreation, is a component of Health and Wellbeing, an administrative unit whose primary goal is to provide comprehensive wellness-related programs and services to UNC Charlotte students.

CAPS is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc., and our pre-doctoral internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.  Our permanent, full-time staff consists of licensed and license-eligible psychologists and social workers with terminal degrees.

On this website, you will find information about the services we offer, including individual and group counseling, consultation, outreach, and training.  In addition, you will find links to a variety of resources that may be a good starting point for you as you seek to learn more about various mental health issues.  Details about our postdoctoral fellowships, doctoral internships and  practicum training are also available.  

If you have questions about our services, please contact us by phone at 704‑687‑0311 or by email at caps@uncc.edu. Please do not send clinical information to us via email.  We cannot guarantee confidentiality of email information, nor can we ensure that a clinician will see your email in a timely fashion.  If you are in need of immediate help, please see the "Need Help Now?" section of this website.  

Please let us know how we can help as we provide services to help you succeed as a student at UNC Charlotte.

Our History

Counseling and Psychological Services began as the UNC Charlotte Counseling Center in 1967.  Dr. Bonnie Cone, founder of the University, persuaded Dr. Ronald "Sam" Simono to leave his position at Duke University to become the founding director of the Center. The Center began as a two-person department operating out of what was then called Reese Building (now King). After a few years, the growing Center was moved to the ground floor at the base of the Atkins Library tower and then to the space in the Atkins annex where the Center remained until 2017.

Over the next few decades, the Counseling Center grew to become a comprehensive department that provided high-quality psychological services to UNC Charlotte students. During this period the Center also began preparing future mental health professionals through its training program. The doctoral internship program was accredited by the American Psychological Association in 2000.

Dr. Simono held an academic rank in the Department of Psychology throughout his tenure. He retired as Director in 2003 after 36 years at the helm. Upon retirement, Dr. Simono was awarded the rank of Professor Emeritus in Psychology.

In recent years, the Center staff has built upon the foundation Dr. Simono and his team established. The Counseling Center was renamed the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, informally known as CAPS, shortly before the opening of the Price Center building on September 29, 2017.  With its staff of psychologists and social workers and as well as graduate assistants in psychology and social work, doctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows in psychology, CAPS continues to grow and adapt to meet the diverse counseling and mental health needs of ther University’s nearly 30,000 students. With its high quality staff and state-of-the-art facility, CAPS is well-positioned to serve current and future generations of UNC Charlottte students. 


 

Our Mission

The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at UNC Charlotte supports the holistic well-being and academic success of students and contributes to a healthy and inclusive campus climate.  This is accomplished by providing short-term individual and group counseling, crisis management, consultation, referral services, and educational and preventive initiatives for the campus community. In addition, CAPS supports the academic mission of the University by serving as a training site for graduate students and supports scholarly activity and professional development of staff.

our vision

We aspire to promote optimal well-being by providing psychological services to the University community. This community will experience our center as a welcoming, affirming, and accessible campus resource, with a staff that is multidisciplinary and reflective of our diverse student body.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The UNC Charlotte Center for Counseling and Psychological Services aspires to create an affirming, accessible, and safe environment that celebrates human diversity. We understand diversity to include but not be limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identify and expression, sexual identity, sex, age, socio-economic status, religion, ability, nationality, and language. We are dedicated to social justice through increased awareness of the effects of oppression, prejudice, and discrimination.

 

 


 

Parent and Family Resources

Articles and books to assist parents and other family members in effectively supporting the college student in the family.

Disaster Distress Helpline

Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after any natural or human-caused disaster.

The Center for Wellness Promotion
Student Health Center
 
university recreation

 

At Risk is an interactive training program for faculty, staff, and students to help recognize common indicators of psychological distress and how best to respond to someone you're worried about.

Campus Connect is a 3-hour, experientially based suicide prevention gatekeeper training program for college and university faculty, staff, and students. Faculty and staff members or departments interested in learning more about this program can call the Counseling Center at 704‑687‑0311.