CAPS provides help to students whose concerns range from normal social or developmental issues to serious psychological problems.
Common issues for which students seek assistance include
- crisis management support (e.g., a broken relationship or the death of a loved one, legal problems)
- academic performance
- poor self-confidence
- stress and anxiety
- substance abuse
- sexual concerns/sexual identity
- relationship/marital/family issues
- eating disorders
- self-defeating/injurious behaviors
- personal growth
- anger management
- issues affecting learning
Please call the CAPS office at 843-792-4930 to schedule your first appointment.
If you have been seen before at CAPS, you can check your appointment date and time, schedule a follow-up appointment with your current provider, or cancel an appointment on-line at https://lifenet.musc.edu In order to provide good continuity of care, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers phone appointments when an MUSC student who is currently receiving CAPS services is on rotation or out of town. Due to licensing regulations, the student must be within the state of South Carolina to receive this service.
CAPS is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday by appointment. Although appointments are preferred, a CAPS staff member is on call during office hours for emergencies.
In case of an emergency on weekdays before 8:00am or after 5:00pm or on all weekends and holidays, call the MUSC operator at 843-792-2123 and ask him/her to contact the Senior Psychiatry Resident on call.
In addition to following the regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the CAPS staff carefully adheres to the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association and the International Association of Counseling Services. Information regarding a student will not be released to persons outside of CAPS without the student's written consent, unless legally mandated (e.g., a court order) or there is a clear indication of imminent physical danger to self or others.
CAPS is available to all full- or part-time MUSC students who have paid their tuition and fees. Distance education students who are residing outside of Charleston can access CAPS services when they come to campus for required program activities. There is no additional charge for the services provided by CAPS. A student’s spouse or significant other will be seen with the student for couples counseling when a relationship problem is the focus of treatment. The spouse or significant other may be an MUSC student or a non-student.
CAPS does not file insurance claims. No confidential information will be shared with the policy holder.
We understand that student academic obligations as well as unforeseen circumstances may sometimes make it necessary to cancel, re-schedule, or even miss an appointment; however, please try to provide 48 hours notice when cancelling or rescheduling an appointment. You may cancel or reschedule appointments by callings CAPS at 843-792-4930 or by using LifeNet if you are a current patient.
- American Psychological Association Website
- Managing Test Anxiety – Ideas for Students
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention