Mission & Values Statement
Through assessment, counseling and psychotherapy, consultation and outreach, CAPS works to enhance student learning and reduce psychological distress both by (a) empowering and encouraging students to be responsible for their development and (b) intervening clinically with students when necessary. CAPS aids students in the acquisition of skills and abilities that result in increased self-efficacy, increased understanding of self and others, and enhanced ability to meet future challenges as capable and productive members of society.
This statement acknowledges that the mission of CAPS, along with that of the University, is to facilitate seamless and life-long learning, citizenship, leadership, wellness, personal growth and responsibility and service to the community. Our mission emphasizes high quality services such a early intervention, primary and secondary prevention, and mental health and wellness through education, outreach, crisis intervention and brief therapy.
The spirit, goals, and activities of CAPS are driven by our core values that include:
- Striving to treat all individuals with equality, respect, appreciation, and compassion.
- Creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere that promotes acceptance, trust and safety.
- Showing awareness, sensitivity, and understanding to the issues of cultural and individual diversity.
- Continuing to learn, develop, and better ourselves as people and professionals.
These core values support our long-term goal to promote and enhance wellbeing, growth, and success within the UMW community, students, and the CAPS team.