Mission & Confidentiality Statement

The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to provide students with mental health services that allow them to improve and maintain their mental well-being and to meet their educational, personal, emotional and spiritual goals.  Our goal is to assist students’ learning by helping reduce psychological symptoms and developmental stressors, cope with difficult life events and balance academic and social life. CAPS accomplishes this with high-quality, time-effective and culturally sensitive counseling, consultation, outreach and training.

Confidentiality is the key to our services. You have a legal right to privacy and can expect your contact with us to be kept private. Your written permission must be obtained before CAPS will release information to anyone, with only limited legal and ethical exceptions. Counseling records are maintained separately from any other records of the University.

CAPS Anti-Racism Statement

At Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), we believe in the diversity of thoughts, ideas, experiences, and the inclusion of people regardless of their race, color, gender, sexual orientation, language, national origin, religion, or age. In addition to supporting these principles of diversity and inclusion, we recognize that structural inequalities in society result in differential access to and distribution of power (economic, political, social, and cultural) for groups of people. We believe in the elimination of structural inequalities and in the establishment of policies to ensure equity and accountability to people of color defines anti-racist counseling and clinical practice.

USF CAPS is on a journey to be an anti-racism center. Our anti-racism statement defining our journey is as follows:

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of San Francisco (USF) affirms our commitment to recognize, address and eradicate racism and ethnic oppression. We focus on engaging in assisting students by providing culturally sensitive mental health services and educational outreach that challenges oppressive and unjust forces, and works to reduce racial injustices both within the university and the broader community. By embracing the principles of diversity and inclusion, our culture is strengthened and our workplace is more dynamic. USF CAPS licensed and support staff, fellows, and interns, are united in the pursuit to acknowledge and end racial and ethnic bias.

We acknowledge that regardless of one’s own race or ethnicity, individuals are at various points along an anti-racist journey. We also understand that bias can be unconscious or unintentional and that racism is the combination of social and institutional power plus racial prejudice. Oppression and disparate outcomes does not automatically mean that those involved intended negative impact, but having these conversations requires courage, respect, compassion, and may not always be comfortable. As an anti-racist and ethnically unbiased center we:

  •  Purposefully strive to identify, discuss, and challenge issues of race, color, ethnicity and the impact(s) they have on students, faculty, staff members, and outside community
  • Challenge ourselves to understand and correct inequities we may discover and gain a better understanding of ourselves during this purposeful process
  • Explicitly and Publicly affirm our identity as an anti-racist university entity
  • Develop and Work to implement strategies that dismantle racism within all aspects of our department, college, university, and society
  • Being an anti-racism organization is a journey and it is our learning along the way that makes this work worth our efforts.

     "I resolutely believe that respect for diversity is a fundamental pillar in the eradication of racism, xenophobia and intolerance. There is no excuse for evading the responsibility of finding the most suitable path towards the elimination of any expression of discrimination against indigenous peoples."

     Rigoberta Menchu, Nobel Peace Prize winner who dedicated her life to raise awareness on the plight of Guatemala's indigenous' persecutions.