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CAPS Mission Statement

Our mission is to help Purdue University students maximize the value of their life experiences. As we develop collaborative relationships in a safe and respectful environment, the unique value and dignity of each individual and group is held paramount. We accomplish our mission through a variety of professional services, including individual, group, and couples psychotherapy; psychological testing; psychopharmacology; crisis intervention; alcohol and other drug program; outreach and consultation; and the training of helping professionals.

CAPS Diversity Statement

Purdue University is a diverse community that includes many groups of people. Some groups have been historically and are currently discriminated against on the basis of their identities. The staff of CAPS believes that prejudice and discrimination are detrimental to human development.

Therefore, CAPS has a strong commitment to meeting the needs of diverse people. In all clinical, assessment, training, psychiatric, consulting, and outreach services we strive to create an environment where all people feel welcome. As a staff, we attempt to facilitate mutual respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, and national backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, mental and physical abilities, languages, classes, ages, religious/spiritual beliefs, socioeconomic background as well as other types of diversity. Purdue University is an equal access and equal opportunity university.

CAPS also values the creation and maintenance of an atmosphere of openness and trust in which everyone is encouraged to explore and discuss their attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviors. The staff at CAPS continues to assess its progress in fostering an environment where everyone is respected, welcomed, and appreciated.


CAPS maintains two main locations, in the Psychological Sciences Building (PSYC) and in the Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH) with several other satellite offices.  Interns, post-doctoral residents, and practicum trainees are active service providers at both main locations. CAPS' interdisciplinary staff is composed of Ph.D. and Psy.D. licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed mental health clinicians, M.D. psychiatrists, a psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist, a registered nurse, and support staff.

Interns have individual, fully furnished and equipped offices at the PSYC location. Desktop PC's have access to the university mainframe and internet. Webcams are utilized for recording clinical sessions and are stored on a secure server. Recordings are accessible only to the individual intern, his or her supervisor, and to CAPS web administrators. CAPS maintains a library of relevant and up to date psychology books and journals.

Practicum students share two offices at the PSYC location. Therapy sessions are conducted in separate offices within the PSYC location. Sessions are recorded using computers equipped with webcam devices.