Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Counseling and Psychological Services, located in Merion Gardens, 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.
Mental Health Emergencies
In the event of a personal emergency during normal working hours, students can call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 610-660-1090 or come in person to A504 Merion Gardens and state the nature of the emergency to the administrative assistant.
After office hours, on weekends and holidays, students may access support for emergencies by calling 911, SJU Public Safety (610-660-1111), 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|
|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)|
|Women Organized Against Rape||215-985-3333|
|Domestic Violence Hotline||866-723-3014|
Appointments and Eligibility
Mental Health Resources
The SJU-iCare Gatekeeper training program teaches participants to effectively recognize and respond to emotionally distressed individuals who may be at risk for suicide.
Brief, online, anonymous screenings for a wide range of mental health and substance use issues.
Saint Joseph's University is an active 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.
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.