Community-Based Counseling

Our Community-Based Counseling is based on a model known as a “Meso Practice.” It’s a midpoint between a micro (individual) and a macro (public health) approach to providing mental health treatment.

In Community-Based Counseling, CAPS counselors are placed within departments, professional schools, and cultural centers throughout campus at set days and times. By embedding themselves in these spaces, counselors are able to build relationships, familiarity, comfort, and trust with the students, staff, and faculty within the community.

Community-Based Counselors can provide:

  • Initial connection to CAPS services, including support and/or therapy based on an individualized action plan as well as referrals to other services
  • Tailored workshops, group therapy, retreats and presentations
  • Informal drop-in support during “Let’s Talk” hours or during scheduled times
  • Specialized assistance with critical incident response
  • Consultations with concerned staff or faculty
  • An assessment of that community’s needs
  • Guidance and assistance with departmental guidelines and efforts focused on wellness

Let’s Talk

“Let’s Talk” is a CAPS service offering drop-in hours at a number of locations across campus. No appointment is necessary. You do not need to be affiliated with one of these centers or locations to make use of the drop-in hours. Conversations with CAPS counselors are private and confidential.

Students must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the end of the time listed.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for Let’s Talk outside of the designated hours, please call 848-932-7884, option 2.

“Let’s Talk” was developed by Cornell University’s, Gannett Health Services

Still have questions? Visit our FAQ section. Click here to Learn More.

Spring 2020 Hours

Drop-in hours are currently offered at the following times and locations.

Please Note: The last drop-in session is a half-hour before the end time.

Student Access and Educational Equity
The last day of the fall semester for Let’s Talk at SAEE is December 9. Let’s Talk will not be available at SAEE over winter break. Hours will resume on January 27.
Mondays: 1:30 – 3:30pm
54 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Livingston Campus
Lucy Stone Hall, Room A222
Piscataway, NJ 08854
CAPS Counselor: Fanteema Barnes-Watson

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Mason Gross School of the Arts
The last day of the fall semester for Let’s Talk at Mason Gross on Mondays is December 16. Let’s Talk will not be available at Mason Gross over winter break. Monday hours will resume on January 27.
Mondays, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Rehearsal Hall
85 George Street (at Route 18), Room 011, Douglass Campus
It is near the covered bridge, in the basement.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Richard Carlson

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Rutgers Hillel
Mondays, 2:00-4:00
Let’s Talk at Rutgers Hillel will not be available on January 13.
70 College Avenue
2nd Floor Wellness Room
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Dana Weinstock

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School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Tuesdays: 10:00am – 12:00pm
88 Lipman Drive, Cook Douglass Campus
Martin Hall, Room 10B
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Jessica Trusiani

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Center for Latino Arts and Culture
The last day of the fall semester for Let’s Talk at the CLAC is December 17. Let’s Talk will not be available at the CLAC over winter break. Hours will resume on January 21.
Tuesdays, 3:00 – 5:00pm
172 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus
Room 304
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Antonio Morales

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Honors College
The last day of the fall semester for Let’s Talk at the Honors College is December 10. Let’s Talk will not be available at Honors College over winter break. Hours will resume on January 21.
Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00pm
5 Seminary Place, College Avenue Campus
Room E125
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1167
CAPS Counselor: Shan Reeves

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Rutgers Global: International Students and Scholars Services
Tuesdays, 3 – 5pm
106 Somerset Street, College Avenue Campus
Room 739
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Yushi Wang (fluent in Mandarin Chinese)

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Asian American Cultural Center
The last day of the fall semester for Let’s Talk at AACC is December 18. Let’s Talk will not be available at AACC over winter break. Hours will resume on January 22.
Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00pm

49 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Livingston Campus
Conference Room
Piscataway, NJ 08854
CAPS Counselor: Yushi Wang

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School of Business
Wednesdays, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Janice H. Levin Building
94 Rockafeller Road, Livingston Campus
Room 222
Piscataway, NJ 08854
CAPS Counselor: Jessica Trusiani

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Rutgers Global: International Students and Scholars Services
Let’s Talk will not be available at Rutgers Global on Wednesdays over winter break. (It will still be offered on Tuesdays.) Hours will resume on January 22.
Wednesdays, 5 – 7pm
180 College Ave, College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Dr. Pierre Albert

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Center for Social Justice and LGBT Communities
The last day of the fall semester for Let’s Talk at SJE is December 12. Let’s Talk will not be available at SJE over winter break. Hours will resume on January 23.
Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:30pm
17 Bartlett St, College Ave Campus
2nd Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Mina Vargas
Please note: This site is not handicap accessible.

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Mason Gross School of the Arts
The last day of the fall semester for Let’s Talk at Mason Gross on Thursdays is December 12. Let’s Talk will not be available at Mason Gross over winter break. Thursday hours will resume on January 23.

Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Visual Arts Building*
33 Livingston Ave
Office is in the Gallery: 2nd right and to the back
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Richard Carlson
*Building is in Downtown New Brunswick

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Rutgers Graduate School
Let’s Talk at the Graduate School is not available on January 16.
Thursdays, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Cabm Building
679 Hoes Lane West
Research Tower, Room 015
Piscataway, NJ 08854
CAPS Counselor: Dana Weinstock

Please Note: You must be eligible for services through Rutgers Student Health – CAPS to attend Let’s Talk.

If you are eligible for services through the Wellness Center, please contact: rwjms.rutgers.edu/education/gsbs/student_affairs/WellnessServices.html

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School of Engineering
The last day of the fall semester for Let’s Talk at the School of Engineering is December 12. Let’s Talk will not be available at the School of Engineering over winter break. Hours will resume on January 27.
Thursdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm
599 Taylor Road, Busch Campus
Biomedical Engineering Building (BME)
Room 130A (The Reading Room)
CAPS Counselor: Fanteema Barnes-Watson
Piscataway, NJ 08854

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Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
The last day of the fall semester for Let’s Talk at the School of Pharmacy is December 13. Let’s Talk will not be available at the School of Pharmacy over winter break. Hours will resume on January 24.
Fridays, 2:00 – 4:00pm
160 Frelinghuysen Road, Busch Campus
Room 109
Piscataway, NJ 08854
CAPS Counselor: Richard Carlson

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Paul Robeson Cultural Center
The last day of the fall semester for Let’s Talk at PRCC is December 20. Let’s Talk will not be available at PRCC over winter break. Hours will resume on January 24.
Fridays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
600 Bartholomew Rd, Busch Campus
Conference Room/Main Office
Piscataway, NJ 08854
CAPS Counselor: Antonio Morales

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