In Response to Racial Violence and Injustice
The counseling staff joins the rest of the EWU community in expressing our grief, sorrow and compassion for the racial injustices and tragedies that have been occurring across our nation. These events have impacted all of us and reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice and racism that we condemn and are dedicated to addressing.
While these tragedies can be traumatizing for all of us, we recognize that they may be especially injurious to members of our Black and African-American communities. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing this trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt.
As a mental health service, the counseling staff is committed to affirming and providing care for students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma. We encourage you to contact our office if you need support or assistance supporting others. We are here to listen, to advocate for what is right and to remain humble in the process.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers short-term counseling for students who want to explore personal concerns with a therapist. Group counseling, online treatment resources, biofeedback, consultation, and outreach services are also available. CAPS provides assistance with referrals into the community for longer-term therapy.
The Mission of Counseling and Psychological Services is to support and promote the emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual health and wellness of students, staff and faculty of Eastern Washington University. To this end, CAPS provides individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and outreach programming for university students, along with consultation services for the entire campus community.
Counseling and Psychological Services' staff are committed to promoting inclusion, and the affirmation of diversity in its broadest sense. We strive to provide respectful treatment to people of every background who seek services, train, or work at CAPS. Our staff value the richness brought by the intersections of gender, ethnicity, race, sexual/affectional orientation, age, physical attributes, as well as other personal and social characteristics that comprise individual identity.
WE TAKE A STANCE AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AND OPPRESSION IN ANY FORM. Our Center can provide a facilitated space for dealing with the impact of policy and oppression individually or with a group. We encourage you to reach out to us if you are struggling with finding effective ways to manage the personal impact of the political climate. CAPS staff can also offer support if you are experiencing negative treatment, threats or subtler forms of oppression because of your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religious affiliation, or other aspects of your identity.
EWU Counseling and Psychological Services' professional staff of counselors, psychologists, and graduate trainees abide by the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association, as well as state laws regarding confidentiality.
All CAPS records are strictly confidential and do not become part of university records. Information may be released only with the expressed written consent of the student. Exceptions to confidentiality occur when there is a threat of serious harm to self or others.
CAPS services are provided free of charge to all currently enrolled students of Eastern Washington University who have paid the Health and Wellness Fee. Consultation services are available for all EWU community members.
CAPS is located on the second floor of Martin Hall. Currently, Martin Hall is closed until further notice.
To schedule an appointment, please call our receptionist during regular office hours. Those hours are 8:00 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm from Monday through Friday. Our phone number is 509.359.2366.
Telehealth "walk-in" counseling services are available Monday to Tuesday and Thursday to Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Telehealth counseling services for students at the Riverpoint campus are currently available by contacting the Cheney campus at 509.359.2366 during regular office hours.