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. 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) and other diverse identities. For additional information about the student population, review the information included at this link.

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). The counseling center has a presence at the Fairfax, Science and Technology, and Arlington campuses. Interns exclusively work at the Fairfax campus.

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 vision/mission 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, and psychiatrist). 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. 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/Mission

CAPS welcomes you to visit our Vision/Mission statement.

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.