Students seek help through CAPS for a variety of reasons. Many students experience social, developmental, or emotional stressors during their college experience that can hinder academic growth and success. Recognizing the obstacles to progress and working to learn skills to more effectively handle these difficulties goes a long way in reach personal balance AND academic achievement. We are here to help. We provide services in a supportive, confidential environment that is free to all current IU Kokomo students. Our professionally qualified and licensed clinicians are trained in a variety of treatment modalities and interventions. Your success is our success.
What to Expect
CAPS utilizes a primary solution focused, individual approach. You can reach us by phone at 765-455-9203 or 765-455-9553 or via email at IUKCAPS.iuk.edu to make an intake appointment. This first session is a little different than others because we need to get to know who you are and how we can best help. Please arrive at your initial appointment 15 minutes early to complete the initial intake paperwork. You will be asked questions about why you are seeking services as well as some questions about your health history. These services are offered to current IU Kokomo students at no cost to the student.
Near the end of the initial session, you and your counselor will decide frequency and duration of additional sessions (and/or discuss alternative treatment referrals if needed). Individual counseling sessions usually last 45-50 minutes. During the first few sessions, you and your counselor will discuss treatment goals and work to implement a short-term approach. The remainder of the treatment will work towards the identified goals.
Extended duration services will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. Please note, students with more intensive treatment needs may be referred to community providers after the initial evaluation in conjunction with or as an alternative to IU Kokomo CAPS.
IU Kokomo CAPS reserves the right to refer individuals to other mental health care providers for concerns that are beyond the scope of practice of the providers. During times of high clinical demand, CAPS may also make referrals for individuals in need of more immediate care.
Counseling services are provided by highly qualified and trained licensed mental health counselors. Each is highly trained and licensed by the state of Indiana. Students will be scheduled with providers according to availability but special requests and circumstances may also be considered.
Elizabeth Barnett, LMHC LCAC is the Director of Counseling and Psychological services on campus. Beth is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor in the state of Indiana. She has worked in the field and this community for more than 15 years, with extensive experience in individual counseling, anxiety, mood, trauma-focused care, and addictions. She is trained in IMR, TF-CBT, and addictions treatment.
Tara Eytcheson, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working both on campus and in private practice within the community. Tara specializes in areas of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders, as well as relational/family issues and grief and loss. She is trained in EMDR, natural health, mindfulness, art therapy, and equine therapy.
Dr. Joseph Waters, Ph.D. is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at IU Kokomo. Dr. Waters teaches a variety of classes within the psychology department. In addition, he maintains his clinical skills set by providing counseling services through CAPS.
Faculty and Staff Resources
CAPS is also available for a variety of faculty and staff needs. These include:
- Consult faculty/staff regarding concerns about the specific student.
- Consult on mental health issues relevant to the campus community.
- Collaborate on workshops or seminars for staff, faculty, and/or students.
- Present in class on a variety of mental health topics.
Call 765-455-9203 or 765-455-9553 to set up a time for any of these needs or concerns. You may also email us at IUKCAPS@iuk.edu.
The CAPS office does not provide counseling services to faculty and staff. These services are provided by the IU Employee Assistance Program and can be accessed by calling 888-234-8327.