Outreach and Prevention Services

CAPS Outreach and Prevention Services is a multi-faceted program that extends beyond the walls of our offices and into our campus community to promote students’ psychological and interpersonal wellness. CAPS provides wellness initiatives to Penn students, faculty, staff, and parents that honor students’ experiences through a multicultural and developmental lens. We believe that students’ mental health is strengthened by self-awareness, knowledge and skills, and that we all thrive in a socially just climate and culture that values diversity, inclusion, and care for one another.

What are our goals?

CAPS overarching outreach and prevention goals are to improve students’ emotional resiliency and to strengthen our community of care, compassion, and collaboration. We hope to reach students who may not traditionally utilize CAPS services and to equip students, and the Penn community at large, with the knowledge and skills to take care of themselves and each other.

We are committed to promoting college student mental health through initiatives that focus on:

  • Suicide prevention
  • Supporting student mental health and referring to appropriate resources
  • Increasing self-awareness and help seeking behaviors
  • Reducing mental health stigma
  • Fostering community building and belonging
  • Improving wellness and coping skills
  • Strengthening our campus partnerships

What services do we provide?

CAPS outreach includes trainings, workshops, orientations, resource fairs, panels, and postventions, that are provided (by request) to student groups, faculty, and staff in various departments or programs, university classes, and other campus entities. These initiatives can cover a wide range of topics, including CAPS services, stress management, trauma, supporting a student of concern, mental health and minority populations, suicide prevention, eating concerns, and mindfulness.

  • Trainings
  • Workshops
  • Orientations
    • 15-30 minute presentation that includes an introduction to CAPS’ services, defining mental health, and ways to support wellbeing.
  • Resource Fairs
    • Staff attend tabling events where we connect with attendees and provide CAPS informational materials.
  • Panels
    • CAPS staff participate in a range of panel topics related to mental health, diversity and inclusion, and ways to support student mental health.
  • Postventions
    • CAPS provides support to individuals or groups affected by crises and unexpected or traumatic events.
  • Campus Partnerships
    • Collaboration with programs/departments and student groups in the promotion of mental health and wellness initiatives across campus.
    • If you would like to learn more about CAPS’ liaison system, please email Dr. Batsirai Bvunzawabaya.

How to request our services?

Use the link to the form below to request support for your mental health initiative. We require at least 2 weeks’ notice to allow for staffing and preparation. We try to accommodate as many requests as possible, but at times, the volume and timing of requests means we cannot meet every request.

Outreach Request Form

 

How To Contact Us:

Batsirai Bvunzawabaya, Ph.D, Associate Director of Outreach and Prevention Services
Alaina Spiegel, Psy.D, Coordinator of Prevention Programs