Welcome to our psychiatric services at CAPS SMU! This handout is provided to orient you as a student so that you know how our services work.
We will generally complete a psychiatric evaluation in anywhere from 1-3 visits with you though specifics can vary from student to student. During this process, we may, with your written permission, consult with other professionals (therapists, medical professionals, etc.) about you or refer you for medical and/or psychological testing. Being evaluated by a psychiatrist does not ensure continued services beyond the evaluation period. Part of the purpose behind an initial evaluation process is to determine if treating your difficulties fall within the scope of care we can provide at CAPS.
Prior to and by the end of the evaluation period, we will provide you with recommendations for ongoing care. This may or may not consist of ongoing psychiatric care depending largely on whether or not medications are recommended and prescribed. If your treatment requires a level or duration of care we cannot provide at CAPS, we will provide referrals to psychiatrists or mental health clinics in the community so that you can obtain necessary care. Due to limited resources, students seeking services for the treatment of ADHD will be referred to the community.
As a client, we ask that you actively involve yourself in your care by 1) being forthcoming, 2) cooperating with your treatment plan, 3) taking medications as prescribed, 4) discussing any concerns you have about your treatment and 5) keeping appointments. We ask that you call at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. Otherwise a late cancellation or no show fee may apply.
If you have any concerns about your psychiatric care, please feel free to discuss this with us as we are committed to providing high quality care to support your success here at SMU. You may also be asked to complete a brief questionnaire either during or after treatment about the services you have received.