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CAPS @ Dentistry

CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) @ Dentistry is an in-house counseling center committed to the emotional wellbeing of students at the School of Dentistry. Through a variety of services, the Center strives to promote emotional resilience and to facilitate a positive learning environment in a multicultural context.


  • One-on-one meetings with students
  • Referrals to community psychotherapists and other resources for longer-term help
  • Workshops and groups for students with the purpose of:
    • Education and skills training promoting emotional wellbeing and resilience
    • Emotional support
  • Consultations with faculty and staff about students of concern
  • Workshops for faculty and staff about topics relevant to students’ wellbeing

All services are free, confidential, short-term and solution-focused.

For Appointments

School of Dentistry, Room G532
Pamela Harnick, Psy. D.

Reasons Students Come to Counseling

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship problems
  • Academic issues (i.g., test/performance anxiety, trouble concentrating, procrastination)
  • Stress related to diversity issues
  • Insomnia
  • Eating and body image concerns
  • LGBTQ concerns
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Alcohol/drug abuse and addictions

Free, confidential on-line Screenings provided by CAPS. Screenings for depression, anxiety, eating issues, alcohol use, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.

For urgent and crisis resources after business hours, dial the CAPS phone number (734.764.8312) and press "0" to speak to a trained mental health professional. Mental health phone services are provided after hours, weekends, and holidays through ProtoCall, a third-party call center. All call centers are staffed exclusively by master's-level or doctoral-level mental health professionals who work closely with CAPS clinicians to assure continuity of care for students. This extended service is available to U-M Ann Arbor students for urgent and crisis matters.

Support and Referral

Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program (AODPP)

The AODPP is a student-centered program that uses strategic interventions, collaboration, innovation to reduce the harmful consequences of alcohol and other drug use.
Information about alcohol and other drug health concerns, educational initiatives, environmental strategies plus collaborative efforts between the UM campus and Ann Arbor community


BASICS is a two-session alcohol assessment and education program offered free to all University of Michigan students through University Health Services. This program is designed to assist students in examining their own drinking behavior in a judgment-free environment. The goals are selected by the student and aimed at reducing risky behaviors and harmful consequences of drinking.

Campus Mind Works

Campus Mind Works was created to support University of Michigan students who have been diagnosed with an ongoing mental health disorder. This site provides information and resources to help students manage their illness, such as treatments, medications, insurance, and strategies for managing academic challenges. You will find an extensive, easy-to-search resource database with U-M and community support services and useful tools to help you stay healthy while facing the unique challenges of academic life.

Those who want to help a friend with a mental health problem can learn which strategies are most effective and which to avoid at Campus Mind Works.

Comprehensive Depression Center (U-M)

Rachel Upjohn Building
4250 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2700
Phone: 1.800.475.MICH (6424) or 734.936.4400

The University of Michigan Depression Center was created to fight depression and its cousin, bipolar disorder. You can find information and treatment options for these common disorders, as well as others, on their website.

Depression Toolkit

Created by the professionals at the University of Michigan Depression Center, the nation’s first ever multidisciplinary center dedicated to depressive and bipolar illnesses, this site brings together world class resources from across the University of Michigan and the U-M Health System with a common purpose: to understand, diagnose, treat, and eventually prevent depression. You can visit Depression Toolkit.

MiTalk (U-M)

MiTalk (pronounced "My Talk") is a website created for University of Michigan students and is the place to start if you have concerns about the mental health of yourself or a friend. On this site you will find a number of mental health resources, including information about living with chronic health conditions, online screenings for depression and anxiety, skill-building tools to help you manage stress and academic life, and digitally recorded workshops, lectures, and some relaxation exercises that you can play on the website or download to your mp3 player.

Rackham Mental Health Resources

The Rackham Graduate School has compiled a comprehensive listing of mental health resources.

Sexual Misconduct: Policy and Support

The University of Michigan and its Law School take very seriously cases involving sexual assault or harassment. For information about the University's policy and relevant resources

U-M Mental Health Resources

The U-M Mental Health Resource organizes the many resources available at the University of Michigan for student mental health and is intended for a variety of constituents -- students, faculty, staff, parents, family members, and loved ones. The site is one result of the Student Mental Health Work Group's (MHWG) ongoing effort to provide support and direction to work being done on campus to support student mental health in a variety of ways and through the dedicated efforts of many units on campus.

University of Michigan Support Groups

Counseling and Psychological Services sponsors several support groups on a variety of issues ranging from depression, chronic illness, LGBTQ, recovery and more.

Wolverine Wellness Coaching

Wellness coaching uses a person’s own motivations and strengths and supports behavior change(s) through a collaborative, non-judgmental partnership. Wellness coaches work with students to help them set and achieve wellness goals, balance dimensions of health and wellness, and learn resilience and coping skills for a well life. For more information, visit Wolverine Wellness Coaching.


International students may experience some difficulties that are unique to them because of added pressure of adjusting to a new culture, language, and a different academic environment. For many international students, counseling may not be a common practice. However, in the United States, counseling is becoming a more common way of dealing with personal stress and difficulties. All U-M students have access to professional counselors. Talking with a professional counselor allows you the opportunity to discuss your concerns with someone in a safe, friendly, and culturally sensitive environment. Please see additional information just for international students