For Faculty & Staff


Psychological Consultation

We provide assistance to faculty and staff to support your efforts in helping distressed students. To consult with a CAPS psychologist, call 518-442-5800 or send an email to We will make every effort to respond to your questions or concerns within 24 hours on weekdays.


Guest Lectures & Seminars

We also present in-class lectures and seminars regarding topics that complement academic learning with a focus on mental and behavioral health issues. Click here for examples of educational presentations.


Signs of Student Distress
  • Problems in academic performance
  • Change in typical habits or behavior
  • Problems and/or loss in personal relationships
  • References to harming oneself or others
Making a Referral: Speaking to a Student about Seeking Help
  • Express concern for the student’s wellbeing.
  • Be specific regarding the behavior that concerns you.
  • Ask the student to consider a visit or consultation with Counseling and Psychological Services.
  • If the student agrees to the referral, offer to call CAPS on their behalf (518-442-5800). Whereas some students prefer to make their own contact, a distressed student may appreciate your assistance.
Signs of an Emergency Situation
  • Recent suicide attempt or stated intention
  • Behavior posing a threat to the individual or to others
  • Inability to care for oneself
Responding to Urgent Situations