Intro to CAPS and Mason

The Setting

George Mason University (Mason) is located in Northern Virginia, which is part of the Washington, D.C. metro area. This location provides exciting personal and professional opportunities for students and adds to the rich multicultural landscape of Mason. More information about the motto, mission, and values of the university can be found here.

The university enrolls more than 37,000 students. The students represent a range of nationalities (130 countries represented). Over 40% of the students identify as a racial or ethnic minority, and around 30% of the undergraduate population is first-generation college students.  For additional information about the student population, review the information included at this link.

Mason also prides itself as a “young” university (established in 1972) and setting benchmarks for “progressive education and innovation.” The university is the largest public research institution in Virginia and consists of multiple campuses. The largest campus is in Fairfax, and other campuses include: Science and Technology Campus (in Manassas, VA), Arlington Campus (in Arlington, VA), Smithsonian Campus (in Front Royal, VA), and an international campus in Korea (in Songdo, South Korea).

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

The diversity of services provided by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), a department in University Life, reflects the student body and the mission/vision of the Division. We serve the community at three different campuses through multifaceted services and a multidisciplinary full-time and part-time staff (psychologists, social workers, counselors, psychiatrist, and learning specialists). The center provides services including: brief screening and assessment, crisis consultation, short-term individual therapy, group therapy, case management support and referral to community mental health providers, short-term psychiatric services, skill-based workshops, and community education/outreach programming. We are also available for consultation with faculty, staff, and community members. The center has learning services to promote academic success, including academic coaching and academic skill workshops. We invite you to review the other pages on this website for additional information about our services provided!

Vision/Mission and Multicultural Statement of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Vision

CAPS welcomes you to visit our Mission/Vision statement.

Mission

CAPS supports students through ethical and responsive care and prevention. We foster the well-being of the diverse Mason community through psychological, learning, outreach, and consultation services. We provide high-quality training to emerging mental health professionals. We are committed to excellence in psychological and learning services by promoting student safety, enhancing emotional growth, and supporting academic success.

Multicultural Commitment

As members of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff, we strive to integrate multiculturalism into the everyday functioning and structure of our agency. We have a great appreciation for the dignity and worth of each person we encounter. In our work, we advocate a philosophy of acceptance, compassion, and support for those we serve and provide an emotionally safe and respectful environment. We support students of all identities including age, culture, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, mental and physical ability, national origin, religion, spirituality, size, socio-economic status, immigration status, political perspective, and worldview. In so doing, we strive to provide services that foster the development of behaviors necessary for success at George Mason University as well as in a complex global environment.

CAPS welcomes you to visit our Multicultural Commitment.

 

In Crisis?

Emergency Contacts

Online Crisis Chat

Crisis Text Line

    Text HOME to 741-741

CrisisLink

    703-527-4077

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

    800-273-8255

Veterans Crisis Line

    800-273-8255, Press 1

Mason Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Crisis Line

    703-380-1434

TrevorLifeline

    866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline

    877-565-8860

Mason Police

    703-993-2810