Let's Talk

Although many students come to the CAPS offices (J Walter Wilson, 5th floor) for services, we are aware that other students, due to time constraints, stigma, or other factors, may not be willing to come to CAPS for mental health services. In an effort to reach students who we were not seeing in our offices, CAPS initiated the use of the Let's Talk program during the fall 2016 semester. This semester we will be expanding the Let's Talk program in a number of offices around campus.

Let's Talk is a community based program designed to reach out to student populations that would not otherwise seek counseling services. Students and counselors engage in brief conversations regarding counseling services, community resources, and simple problem solving. The end goals are helping students navigate available resources more effectively and reducing barriers to help-seeking. Let's Talk encounters are not therapy and cannot be used as a substitute for mental health treatment or as a mechanism for expediting entry into the CAPS system. Those who might benefit include students who are curious or uncertain about the benefits of counseling or those seeking to improve upon their self-care.

Conversations with Let's Talk counselors are confidential, with a few very rare exceptions. Counselors may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to self or others.

All students are welcome to speak with counselors this semester (Spring 2017) at the times and locations listed below.

Nelson Fitness Center, Room 108E (the Conference Room)

  • Erin Lane-Aaronian, PsyD 8:50-9:50 am Tuesdays 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16
  • Jamall Pollock, LICSW 1:50-2:50 pm Thursdays 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11, 5/25

Sarah Doyle Women's Center (Lounge, 1st floor)

  • Kate Stewart, PhD Tuesdays 1-1:50 pm

First Generation College and Low-Income Student Center (Room 518)

  • Linda Welsh, PhD Tuesdays 12-1 pm

Brown Center for Students of Color (Informal Lounge, 2nd floor)

  • Nikole Barnes, LICSW Thursdays 1-3 pm 3/2, 3/16, 4/6, 4/20, and 5/4.
  • Heather Wong-Bailey, PsyD Fridays 11-1 pm 3/10, 3/24, 4/14, and 5/12.

This program is modeled in part on the "Let's Talk" program at Cornell University. Some material that originally appeared on the Cornell website has been duplicated with permission.