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Welcome to the Cowell Center

We're here to help you get the care and information you need to feel your best.

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We offer a full range of medical and psychological services
to help you be your best self here at SCU.

Medical services include primary and specialty care, health promotion, and disease prevention.
Psychological services include psychiatry, medication management, individual therapy, and group therapy.


Mental Health Resources to Support our Students

24/7 Mental Health Support Line

Call 408-554-5220

Licensed Clinicians

  • Licensed clinicians will answer student calls on nights and weekends
  • You will be offered a risk assessment, in-the-moment support, a link to next steps
  • Available to students in all 50 states and abroad

Treatment Options

  • We have partnered with a broad network of providers which allows access to counselors via telehealth or face-to-face community visits, when available.
  • Five free visits are offered to all students
  • Referral back to resources on- and/or off-campus

Wellness Hub

  • Custom content designed for students
  • Access to videos, written content, and self-assessments
  • Visit

CAPS Reminder

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is located in the Cowell Center and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our phone number is 408-554-4501
  • Our Crisis (drop-in) hours are available daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • A counselor from CAPS is available for students in crisis via its after-hours crisis line. A counselor can be accessed through Campus Safety Services at 408-554-4441.


Mental Health Training and Grief Support

At Risk Mental Health for Students Course

Santa Clara has partnered with Kognito to offer a brief [40-minute] online course: At Risk Mental Health for Students. The interactive experience equips students with skills to support their own mental health and that of their peers. The course introduces positive coping strategies, prepares students to recognize signs of distress, effectively communicate their concerns, and take action to find additional support, Create an account with the enrollment key: santaclarastudent.

Drop-in Grief Support Group

We will offer a drop-in Grief Support Group in Benson #201 every Monday between 5:00 - 6:30 pm beginning on January 3, 2022.  No registration required; feel free to drop in.

Mental Health First Aid

Santa Clara has launched Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), a nationally recognized training program that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health concerns and substance use.  Training will be offered in two, four-hour time blocks over consecutive days. [Fridays from 3-7 pm followed by Saturday from 9am-1pm.] Participants will need to be available for both days and for the entirety of the training which will be held in person. Each session is limited to 30 participants.  Click on a date to secure your spot in one of the MHFA student sessions: January 28-29, February 25-26, March 4-5.


Mental Health Staffing Support

CAPS Staff Job Openings

Two additional direct service positions in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) were approved for immediate posting. Searches are currently underway for a Counselor in Residence, and Case Manager. Other vacancies include a Staff Psychologist, Assistant Director and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. All staff openings can be found here.

Partnering with Local Therapists plus Increased Access to Therapists

The University is partnering with local therapists to expand the availability of individual therapy offerings in CAPS and through community referral.


If you are experiencing a medical or psychological emergency, please call 911.

Upcoming Events

Fall 2021 Programs and Groups


All Cowell Center groups have open registration during weeks 1-3 of the quarter, with the exception of the Students of Color Support and Empowerment Group, which will keep registration open through week 4. After weeks 3 & 4, the enrollment period will close until the next quarter.


Body Positive

This is an 8-week group that focuses on an individual's relationship with their body and changing the culture and messaging around body image.


Understanding Yourself and Others

This group will allow you to explore your inner emotional world, how you make decisions and interpret life's events, and how to relate with others.


Difficult Families

This group provides a space for students who come from difficult family backgrounds to connect with others who can understand and relate to the experiences shared in the group.


Students of Color Support & Empowerment

This group seeks to cultivate an open and supportive space for students of color to connect and gain wisdom and energy from each other.


To register call (408) 554-4501 or visit MySCU Portal and click on My Student Health Portal.