The NJIT Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (C-CAPS) is staffed by psychologists and professional counselors who are here to help students with the transitions and stresses of college life as well as with more serious psychological problems or crises. Personal challenges such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationships and low self-esteem can impact academic and personal functioning. Counseling may help you to identify and explore available options, increase self-awareness and make realistic decisions about concerns that may be distracting you from achieving your personal and academic goals. Speaking with a professional can increase a students’ ability to achieve a sense of clarity and in turn regain a sense of empowerment to make decisions that feel right. C-CAPS provides a safe, non-judgmental and highly confidential environment where students can meet with a professional to discuss any discomfort or concerns they may have. For situations or conditions that require more comprehensive or longer-term services than the C-CAPS offers, we will assist students with referrals to off-campus providers.
In addition to counseling, C-CAPS offers a number of other services. These include accommodations and support services for students with disabilities, workshops on topics such as test anxiety, stress management, and assertiveness; CLEP tests for eligible students seeking credit by examination for certain core courses and pre-law information.
Confidentiality and trust are very important to the counseling process. Therefore, except as described below, the information disclosed during counseling and the identity of counseling clients will not be shared with anyone outside C-CAPS without the client’s express (usually written) consent. This confidentiality extends to situation in which a client is referred to C-CAPS by a faculty member, administrator, or friend.
However, exceptions to confidentiality may be necessary or be required by law when the C-CAPS professional believes there is risk of harm to yourself, other individual(s), or the university community; in cases of medical emergency; in situations involving probable child abuse; or other legal mandate. Should that occur, relevant information may be disclosed only to university personnel and/or others with responsibility for protecting safety or with legal jurisdiction.
Situations involving exceptions to confidentiality occur infrequently. We encourage you to talk with a staff counselor or psychologist if you have concerns about this.