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What is Outreach? Outreach is probably a word you hear a lot. In different contexts, it can mean different things. Here at CAPS, Outreach is an integral part of the activities performed by our staff. In general, outreach is a treatment philosophy based on a social and community mental health model of care that advocates for a comprehensive range of mental health services to increase access to as many members of the community as possible.

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More specifically, outreach is our way of extending the caring wisdom and expertise of the traditional counseling session into the broader Stanford community. With outreach, we are able to reach a larger number of students in a shorter amount of time. We embrace that students come from diverse backgrounds and have unique concerns. 

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CAPS is strongly dedicated to social justice and reaching out to all students, especially those from underrepresented identities, and marginalized communities who may not utilize traditional counseling. Our center offers a variety of services with the goal of creating and maintaining a healthy, empowered, student population and campus climate aimed toward academic and social success.

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Outreach Services

We achieve our outreach goals through providing a wide variety of services and programming

  • Satellite clinics in multiple community centers offer Let’s Talk in community. You can meet individually with a CAPS clinician to get support, learn about therapy, and potentially get help connecting to therapy. Check the Community Center website you affiliate with, for Let’s Talk in Community sign-up options.
  • Outreach workshops support mental health and promote other services at CAPS. 

Partnerships are built across the university with staff directly serving students- such as RDs and GLO, with a focus on increasing access to students marginalized by systems due to identity, disability, or economic systems. 

We are always happy to consult with you about community mental health concerns. Check out the Red Folder for info on support, and don’t hesitate to call our crisis consult line 650.725.7385 during CAPS hours to speak with an on-call CAPS clinical staff for advisement.

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Request an Outreach

CAPS is a member of the Vaden Flourishing Alliance (VFA) which collaborates to provide outreach and support to Stanford students. If you would like to request an outreach or workshop, please complete the VFA outreach request form here.

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Let's Talk in Community

Let’s Talk in Community (Zoom) is a way to access a CAPS counselor for a short, informal consultation. Let’s Talk in Community (Zoom) is a CAPS Service offered in partnership with some Stanford Community Centers.