Southern Utah University’s Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) center has been recognized for its training practicum for graduate students, earning the University of Utah’s “Distinguished Agency Service in Training College of Social Work Students” award.
SUU’s CAPS has partnered with the University of Utah’s College of Social Work to offer a distance program for master students, and every academic year students can nominate the facility they were at for this distinguished award.
Associate Professor of Family & Consumer Science Shawn Christiansen nominated CAPS after completing a practicum at SUU during the 2010-11 academic year.
CAPS Training Director Jennifer Ellsworth said she was unaware Christiansen had nominated the center and felt surprised and honored when she learned about the recognition.
“It’s an honor to have our training program recognized and to know that our graduate students value their experience here so much,” she said.
The center was evaluated on its professional services (including student practicum opportunities offered), commitment to social work education, membership in professional organizations and agency collaboration to enhance social work education.
Besides offering practicums, CAPS offers several other services, and Ellsworth said the center has grown significantly in the past 10 years.
Some of the resources, beyond individual therapy, that the center provides include but are not limited to group counseling, a pre-doctoral internship for psychology students, a support and discussion group for the LGBTQ community and stress management workshops.
Ellsworth foresees such services and the center’s overall efficacy will continue to improve, “We’ll keep doing a great job of helping students through personal counseling. I think we’ll also continue to strengthen our other programs."