Our Mission

Mission Statement:

The mission of UC Merced Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to support the mental health and well-being of our students. It is the intention of all CAPS staff to provide a safe, confidential atmosphere of acceptance and accessibility to professionals in the field of psychology. Services specialize in the unique needs of UC Merced students in an effort to promote their academic, personal and social development.

Diversity Statement:

The University of California, Merced (UCM) is one of the most diverse college campuses in the United States with the highest percentage of first-generation college freshman amongst all of the UC campuses. UCM Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) focuses on meeting the unique needs of this population as well as striving to maintain an environment that is supportive and affirming of all cultural diversity statuses, including but not limited to:

• Ethnicity
• Race
• National Origin
• Age
• Socioeconomic Status
• Gender Identity and Expression
• Sexual Orientation
• First Language
• Ability Status
• Religion or Spiritual Beliefs/Affiliation
• Immigration Status
• Military Status
• Class
• First Generation (college student and/or American)

We acknowledge that the pursuit of multicultural awareness is a lifelong learning process. At CAPS, we believe part of that evolution involves increasing self-awareness by recognizing our own cultural limitations through our clients, community, colleagues and other educational resources. We welcome dialogue of varying perspectives as we continue to expand our knowledge base and understanding of the influences of diversity, marginalization and discrimination on the health and wellness of our students. Our aim is to integrate this learning process by celebrating differences, affirming diversity, and promoting equity and inclusion for all of our students. Our ultimate goal is to provide a safe, supportive, inclusive, and affirming environment for each and every UC Merced student.

Counselor's Corner
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    March 16th, 2015

    The Jed Foundation is currently accepting Applications for the Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award. This annual award recognizes a college student who is leading the way on their campus in:
    · Reducing prejudice around mental illness
    · Raising awareness of mental health issues on campus
    · Encouraging help-seeking among peers
    The college student selected for this award receives:
    · $3,000 cash scholarship
    · Recognition on The Jed Foundation’s website
    · A trip to New York City to attend The Jed Foundation’s 14th Annual Gala on Wednesday, June, 3rd to receive the award
    We are accepting applications now through Wednesday, March 25th at 5pm EST. Apply Today!

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    December 4th, 2014 Don’t Forget to Breathe

    As we all know, the last few weeks of the semester can be very stressful. You can find temporary relief and a brief sense of relaxation, however, by simply paying attention to something you do thousands of times each day without ever noticing it—breathing.

    All you need to do is momentarily shift your attention away from your thoughts and onto your breath as you take three mindful breaths. This means that you breathe in deeply and slowly through the nose such that your chest raises. Pause briefly, then exhale out of your mouth, making a soft “O” shape with your lips as you empty out your lungs and your chest falls. Repeat this process two more times. This can take perhaps 35-40 seconds to do, depending upon how deeply and slowly you inhale and exhale.

    You will find--if you pay close attention—that you feel a mild sense of calm and well-being afterward. This is a simple but significant relaxation tool you have access to any time you need it.

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    October 10th, 2014

    Welcome to the new, updated website for Counseling and Psychological Services. We hope that you find useful information on our site to help you or someone you are concerned about get the mental health support needed. We also have some new features in our Counseling Center, including the use of iPads to check in and a monitor with mental health wellness messaging. The Just In Case app is available on smartphones, so please upload it onto your phone where you will have it anytime you need it. This fall we are promoting the Each Mind Matters campaign, which is a California-wide initiative regarding mental health awareness and the importance of sharing our stories with others. The campaign features a lime green ribbon and we invite you to get a ribbon from us and wear it to support the 1 in 4 Americans who have mental health concerns, as all of us are touched by this issue. October is Mental Health Awareness month—a perfect time for you to join in. We will have all kinds of materials available around campus reminding you that “Each Mind Matters”!

Just in Case App
If you or someone else are in crisis, click below to learn more about the Just In Case app, available for downloading onto your smartphone.
Each Mind Matters
Click below to learn more about Each Mind Matters, California’s initiative promoting awareness of mental health issues.