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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychological Services, located on Hawk Hill in Merion Gardens and at the University City location in Whitecar Hall, promotes the psychological wellbeing of Saint Joseph’s University students through the provision of a variety of therapeutic interventions and outreach programs. The delivery of these services is framed by “transformative learning goals” and occurs within a campus climate that supports the whole person; academically, socially, physically and spiritually.



Between May 20 and August 2, 2024, CAPS will be following the university's Summer schedule. Our hours of availability will be Monday through Thursday from 8:15 am - 5:00 pm, and closed on Fridays. However, during holiday weeks, CAPS will be open on the following schedule:

  • Memorial Day week (May 27 - 31): 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Closed Monday for the holiday
  • Juneteenth week (June 17 - 21): 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Closed Wednesday for the holiday
  • July 4th week (July 1 - 5): 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Closed Thursday for the holiday

Also, during the month of July, CAPS will be operating remotely and scheduling appointments via Zoom. 

Please contact us if you have any questions!



Hello, Lancaster students! The services noted here are for students at the Hawk Hill campus and University City location. For information about Health and Well-being resources at Lancaster, please visit the Lancaster Campus Portal.

Mental Health Emergencies

In the event of a personal emergency during normal working hours, Hawk Hill students can call 610-660-1090 or come in person to A504 Merion Gardens. University City students can call 215-596-8536 or come in person to Suite 1200 in Whitecar Hall.

After office hours, on weekends and holidays, students may access support for emergencies by calling 911, Hawk Hill SJU Public Safety (610-660-1111), University City Public Safety (215-597-7000) or accessing after hours counselors (610-660-1090, option 2).

When helping someone in crisis, it is important to remember to:

  • clarify the problem
  • communicate your commitment to help
  • contact appropriate professional staff
  • talk in a calm, direct and reassuring manner
  • stay until assistance arrives

The following resources are additional sources of help:

Fire or Medical Emergencies 911
Philadelphia Mental Health Crisis Line 215-685-6440
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line Text START to 741-741
SJU Rape Education Prevention Program (REPP) 610-733-9650 (24hr helpline)
Addiction Hotline 844-222-0553
AIDS Hotline 800-342-2437
Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence 215-985-3333
Domestic Violence Hotline 866-723-3014

Our Services

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CAPS offers a safe atmosphere where personal concerns can be openly explored and discussed with a professionally trained counselor. 

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Throughout the academic year, CAPS offers programs on specialized topics of interest to the university community. 

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The professional staff of CAPS is available to provide outreach programs, guest lectures and trainings on a variety of topics for students, faculty, and staff. 

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Mental Health Resources

Suicide Prevention Training

The SJU Are Not Alone Gatekeeper training program teaches participants to effectively recognize and respond to emotionally distressed individuals who may be at risk for suicide. Requests can also be made for QPR Training (Question, Persuade, and Refer). 

CCAPS-Screen Mental Health Screenings

Brief, online, anonymous screenings for a wide range of mental health and substance use issues.

JED Campus Program

Saint Joseph's University is an alumni member of the JED Campus Program. It is designed to help colleges and universities enhance emotional well-being and mental health promotion efforts, reduce substance abuse and prevent suicide among their students.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Saint Joseph's University’s CAPS strives to affirm, value, and celebrate diversity in all of its forms while integrating a perspective of cultural humility. Aligned with the goals of the University, we acknowledge the dignity of the individual and are committed to increasing and promoting awareness of and sensitivity to human differences. We view this commitment as an ongoing process and actively seek opportunities to learn about other cultures, identities, and beliefs in an effort to provide support to the entire Saint Joseph’s community and respect all of its members. Prejudice and discrimination in the areas of race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, religious/spiritual beliefs, disability, age, socio-economic status or class, body size/physical appearance, and marital status are detrimental to the populations we serve as well as to our own personal and professional development. Therefore, we resolve to work toward the recognition and elimination of such prejudice and discrimination and strive to build an open and trusting environment in which to foster interaction and understanding between ourselves, as well as among all groups in the greater University, local, national, and global communities.

Confidentiality Statement: So that students can talk freely and openly with a CAPS counselor about their concerns, we maintain strict professional standards of confidentiality and privacy under the laws of the Commonwealth of the Pennsylvania and ethical guidelines set for forth by the American Psychological Association. Confidentiality may not apply if a person is deemed to be in imminent danger to self or others, in cases where the counselor has reason to suspect a child under 18 is being or has been abused or by order in a court proceeding. To ensure the highest quality of care, CAPS psychologists may consult with one another on cases. Every effort is made to safeguard the privacy of the client during these consultations.