CAPS provides a range of mental health services to the Brown community, including individual psychological treatment, mental health support, medication management, trainings and consultation for faculty and staff, crisis stabilization, after hours assessment and urgent care, outreach programming, and groups. If you have any questions that are not answered on this page, please contact us so we can help (options below).
Please see below for our statement on CAPS commitment to anti-racism.
COVID-19 UPDATE & FAQ
7/8/20 Update 18: We are fully committed to our community and will be here for you, regardless of what is happening with COVID-19. CAPS services are available for all current students: undergrad, grad, and medical; both near campus or away. Our current hours are university business days (Mon-Fri) from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. We are open for the summer. Please note that our office space is currently closed and we are offering our services remotely.
Meeting Details: All scheduled meetings are taking place remotely (for both mental health and psychiatry). We are offering meetings using Zoom, and we can explore other communication options as well like the phone if you prefer.
Already connected to CAPS: If you need to change anything about an existing appointment, or want to schedule for the next business day, please email [email protected]. If you're emailing about scheduling, it can speed things up if you also send times between 9-4 the next two working days with your request.
New to our services: Please contact us at [email protected] to start working together. When you email, tell us the times you have available between 9-4 the next two working days, and keep an eye on your email for our replies to set it up. If you had been in awhile ago and want to see the same provider or someone new, please let us know that too.
If you have an active prescription with us: For all inquires about medication (refills, adjustments, etc), please email us so we can get you to the right person [email protected]
Urgent needs: We continue to provide services for urgent situations. In those cases, please access one of the urgent help options immediately, including our number at 401-863-3476. If you call, follow the prompts to be connected to someone who can help. This is available 24/7, every day of the year, and you can access it from anywhere.
Recent Grads: If you have recently graduated and need assistance finding a mental health provider near you, start with our page on Finding Care Off Campus. If you need more assistance, email us and someone on our team can help sort things out with you.
For all other inquiries: Contact us via email [email protected] and someone will be in touch to help during our business hours. If you have specific questions about services for the Fall 2020 semester that are not answered above, write to our Director, Dr. Will Meek, at [email protected] and he will reply promptly to help.
Check back here for any updates, and be in touch with any questions or concerns related to your mental health needs. Take good care of yourself and each other.
Our Commitment to Anti-Racism
Racism is undoubtedly the most insidious and principal threat to the well-being and survival of people of the global majority (people of color). This disorder of society is systemic and is manifested throughout our institutions, communities, and even in our own psyches. Anti-racism work is inherently intertwined in healing trauma, social justice efforts, and building community. At CAPS, we are committed to undoing racism in its various forms, whether this is systemic, interpersonal, or internalized. That being said, we recognize that given the gravity of this issue, we must do more and our current work is not enough. We acknowledge this and are humbly committed to the process of examining the continued development of our anti-racist work through ongoing reflection and departmental growth.
Anti-racism work is, out of necessity, work that is communal and advocates for the needs of those who have historically been oppressed. The trauma of racism for people of color ranges from microaggressions, to being pressured to assimilate, to the very real threat of losing one’s life. In a community such as Brown, there is the need for continued examination of the impacts of slavery and racial injustices (e.g., Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, 2006). Healing cannot occur in our community without addressing the present and generational trauma of racism.
As a center, we advance the following commitments and values to transform our work and to hold a mirror to the healing practices we undertake. First and foremost, we are committed to engaging in our community, which we have been tasked to serve. It is not enough for CAPS to solely exist as an office; we must also be part of the community and advocate alongside one another when issues of social justice and anti-racism arise (i.e., Brown Center for Students of Color, 2020).
Next, we as staff will continue to engage in work related to fostering our cultural competencies. This involves ongoing training that promotes specific skills targeted at dismantling racism, examination of our inherent biases, and soliciting feedback from our clients regarding areas of growth (e.g., Alleyne, 2011; Hook et al., 2017). Training related to introductory topics of diversity and equity are not enough. We must promote our cultural competencies via anti-racist trainings, fostering allyship for white therapists, and empowering therapists of color.
CAPS is furthermore committed to engaging in anti-racism work by questioning the Eurocentric assumptions embedded in psychotherapy and psychological theories. We will seek to culturally adapt our interventions to align with diverse worldviews, understanding that treatments are most effective when they consider culture, race, and other intersecting identities (Barrera, et al., 2017; Smith & Trimble, 2016; Soto et al., 2018).
As a staff, we seek to understand the pain and trauma experienced by racism, knowing that we will never fully grasp it unless we have experienced it ourselves. We are and will always be fully committed to anti-racism work in our practices, values, and support for our community. We also acknowledge that privilege engenders biases and other limitations. We have the privilege of selective attention to struggles within our community and we are committed to doing better. If you have any suggestions for how we can improve our anti-racist framework, or if you are struggling with these issues and want to talk through this with us, please contact us and help us grow together.
Alleyne, A. (2011). Overcoming racism, discrimination and oppression in psychotherapy. The handbook of transcultural counselling and psychotherapy, 117. McGraw-Hill Education.
Barrera, M., Berkel, C., & Castro, F. G. (2017). Directions for the advancement of culturally adapted preventive interventions: Local adaptations, engagement, and sustainability. Prevention Science, 18(6), 640-648.
Brown Center for Students of Color (2020). A Note of Solidarity and Support. Retrieved from https://mailchi.mp/cd0387c7198e/a-note-of-solidarity-and-support?e=efa4767a35
Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery & Justice (2006). Slavery and Justice. Retrieved from http://brown.edu/Research/Slavery_Justice/documents/SlaveryAndJustice.pdf
Hook, J. N., Davis, D., Owen, J., & DeBlaere, C. (2017). Cultural humility: Engaging diverse identities in therapy. American Psychological Association.
Smith, T. B., & Trimble, J. E. (2016). Foundations of multicultural psychology: Research to inform effective practice. American Psychological Association.
Soto, A., Smith, T. B., Griner, D., Domenech Rodríguez, M., & Bernal, G. (2018). Cultural adaptations and therapist multicultural competence: Two meta‐analytic reviews. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 74(11), 1907-1923.
In paying the Student Health Fee, you are eligible for services at CAPS. There are no additional charges for services at CAPS, and we do not bill your insurance for any reason. Please read through the rest of this site to learn more about what we offer and our scope of practice. Note that for Summer 2020, there is no Health Fee being charged, so all continuing students are eligibity without cost.
A Different Kind of Counseling Center
Our center operates differently than a lot of other college counseling centers. For [email protected], we really strive to provide help as fast as possible and on-demand. Given that, we offer a substantial number of meetings you can book the next day, so we can help when you need us the most. Our average wait for a first meeting during the COVID-19 transition is 1 day. We spend even your first meeting working to support you with the immediate situation you are struggling with, and your provider will collaborate with you on a follow-up plan that matches your needs. We do that in a culturally informed, trauma informed, and social justice framework.
Questions / Ideas / Concerns
If you have any general questions about CAPS, ideas for things we should try out for CAPS Labs, ways to improve our services, or concerns you want addressed, please email our Director, Dr. Will Meek at [email protected], and he will respond promptly. If you'd prefer to submit this anonymously, you can do so on this form. Thank you for your time and thoughfulness.