Getting Mental Health and Academic Support at University of Cincinnati
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
Location: 225 Calhoun Street Suite 200 (between Target and Spectrum)
Phone/24-hour Crisis Helpline: (513) 556-0648
Hours: M-F 8:30a.m.-5p.m.
CAPS is a professional counseling office within Student Affairs that provides counseling, outreach programs, and related services for UC students and those concerned about their welfare. They help students address and resolve personal issues so that they can make the most of their educational opportunities at the University of Cincinnati.
The Counseling Office generally operates on an appointment basis, and will do a prescreening phone call. Urgent needs will be handled as needs arise.
CAPS does charge a fee for some services. The initial consultation and first three individual sessions are at no cost to students. There will be a $35 fee for most individual therapy sessions after the third individual appointment in a fiscal year. There is no charge for group therapy. No student will be denied services due to financial barriers. If you have questions or concerns about fees, please speak to your initial consultation therapist or ongoing treatment provider about a fee waiver.
Who Provides Counseling Services?
The staff consists of full-time and adjunct licensed mental health professionals.
Counselors are personally, professionally, and legally committed to the students’ right to privacy. Counseling protects the confidentiality of students in all aspects of services including student files and student information. Information will not be disclosed outside of the Counseling Office without a students’ written permission, with the exception of circumstances which would result in clear danger to the individual or others or as may be required by law.
Behavioral Health Center
Location: 255 Calhoun St. Suite 380 (Between Target and Spectrum). Located on 3rd floor of the new U-Square Building.
Phone: (513) 556-5559
Hours: By appointment
The UC Behavioral Health Center is a clinic run by the UC Psychology Department. The clinic provides free individual and couples therapy as well as low-cost psychological and dyslexia assessment. Therapy and assessment services are conducted by graduate student trainees and supervised by licensed clinical psychologists.
The BHC runs on a by-appointment schedule. To set up a phone screening, call the clinic at (513) 556-5559 and leave your name, phone number, and email address, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Therapy services are free for UC Students.
Accessibility Resources Office
Location: Commons Edge North, 57 West Daniels St.
Phone: (513) 556-6823
Hours: 8 am – 5 pm Monday-Friday
The Accessibility Resources Office is dedicated to empowering students with disabilities through the delivery of reasonable accommodations and support services while educating the UC community to see beyond disabilities to the richness of inclusion.
Students with disabilities who need academic accommodations or other specialized services while attending UC will receive reasonable accommodations to meet their individual needs as well as advocacy assistance on disability-related issues. We are strongly committed to maintaining an environment that guarantees students with disabilities full access to educational programs, activities, and facilities.
Registering for Services
1) Complete an Online Application for Services and Upload Documentation
Students who require academic accommodations due to a disability will initiate the registration process by completing an Online Application for Services. Students will also need to upload documentation with their application that supports and verifies their disability. Documentation is required and must be from a qualified professional, i.e., someone with direct experience specific to the disability diagnosis. Accepted documentation includes: IEPs, 504 Plans, psychological evaluations, medical records and letters provided by qualified medical professionals.
Documentation must include:
- A diagnosis of disability or impairment that limits a major life activity
- How the condition will impact the student within the academic environment
- Provide a listing of reasonable, appropriate accommodations that will lessen the impact of the disability within the academic setting
2) Complete an Intake Appointment
Call (513) 556-6823 to schedule an intake appointment. During the intake, the student meets with their Accommodation Coordinator to discuss how their disability impacts their academics, how accommodations may have been used in the past, what reasonable accommodations will lessen the impact of their disability and how to utilize their accommodations while completing coursework at the University of Cincinnati.
Accommodations are provided free of charge to qualified students.
To ensure timely implementation of academic accommodations
- Make your request as soon as your disability is confirmed.
- Make your request at least eight (8) weeks before the quarter begins.