student walking together at Chapman
Student Psychological Counseling Services

» Services

All full-time undergraduates pay a Health Services fee each semester which allows them to use the Health Services and the Student Psychological Counseling Services at no additional charge. Part-time students and all graduate students not required to pay the fee must pay the Health Services fee if they wish to use these services after a brief screening appointment. Please note: This fee is not the same as Health Insurance. Regardless of what insurance coverage you may have, you are still eligible for basic health services at the Health Center and for counseling at SPCS if you have paid the Health Services fee.

  • Individual CounselingOffered to students who meet the criteria for short-term therapy. Students needing longer term therapy are assisted in finding off campus resources.
  • Couples and Family Counseling:  Offered to student couples who are both students at Chapman University. Family and other persons important to the student client may be involved in counseling sessions on a limited basis with student permission. Decisions to involve others will be determined by the student and their counselor.
  • Groups and Workshops:Groups and/or workshops are offered at SPCS each fall and spring semester upon enough interest to form a group. SPCS groups and workshops have been offered on various issues including stress, anxiety, self-image/self-esteem, social confidence, and relationships. Please see Groups/Workshops tab below for updated information or campus flyers around campus prior to the start of each semester. If you would be interested in a particular group you don’t see offered, please feel free to contact the counseling coordinator at (714) 997-6778.
  • Psychiatric Services: Limited psychiatric services are available to active student clients of SPCS who have never seen a psychiatrist or who have been under the care of a psychiatrist in the past and are no longer under care. Referrals to the psychiatrist must be made by SPCS clinical staff and serves as a bridge to students securing outside community psychiatric care. Urgent issues can be reviewed on a case by case basis.
    • Students who already have a psychiatrist for medications and have resources to get their medications through reciprocity with pharmacies or through the mail and are seeking refills for prescriptions are not eligible to be seen by the SPCS psychiatrist and would be referred to local Urgent Care facilities.
    • Students attending Chapman who are out of state/out of the area who are currently under care by a psychiatrist at home and are just unable to see them while on campus are not eligible to be seen by the SPCS psychiatrist and would be provided with outside resources or encouraged to go through their insurance company for providers near campus or their residence while attending Chapman.
    • Students seeking assessment for ADHD and/or ADHD medications are not eligible to be seen by the SPCS psychiatrist. Community resources can be provided upon request. 
  • Training and Consultation: SPCS provides services throughout the campus. Staff members develop and lead programs and trainings in the residence halls, and for various campus groups organized by students, faculty and staff and at University orientation programs. SPCS also offers consultation to student groups, faculty and staff upon request.  Examples include how to help a friend, how to support a student in crisis while setting appropriate limits, how to solve interpersonal conflict in a group or how to recognize students with problems and how to refer them to SPCS.

Toggle Section


Check back again soon for future workshops!

Scope of Practice

SPCS Scope of Services
Student Psychological Counseling Services (SPCS) offers limited counseling services by licensed and professionally trained staff to eligible* and currently enrolled Chapman University students. Our mission is to provide services for students’ needs in achieving their academic and personal goals. We evaluate their current psychological concerns in order to provide appropriate short-term interventions on campus or make referrals off campus for longer-term treatment. Counseling services at SPCS are not focused on remedial, reconstructive or long-term therapeutic experiences for clients.

SPCS utilizes brief goal-directed models of therapy in order to utilize limited resources effectively and help students address the most common issues in a college setting. These include:

  • Personal Issues: Stress and anxiety, loneliness, self-esteem, grief and loss, and homesickness
  • Relationship Issues: Romantic relationship difficulties, roommate conflicts, issues with family or friends
  • Developmental Issues: Identity development, gender identity, adjustment to college, life transitions, cultural concerns
  • Academic Concerns: Reduction of academic performance-related anxiety, time management and motivational enhancement
  • Other Issues: Spiritual concerns, healthy lifestyle choices, alcohol and drug use assessment, sexual assault and financial distress
  • Students in immediate crisis will always be seen for same day triage assessment

SPCS encourages students to schedule a brief assessment to determine the best response to their needs. A decision will be made by our professional staff regarding whether the specific needs of the student fall within the scope of clinical care offered by SPCS.

  • All students will be scheduled for a brief telehealth screening to ascertain their concerns and discuss possible treatment plans
  • Students who will benefit from short-term goal-directed interventions at SPCS will be assigned to a counselor who will recommend an individualized plan
  • Students whose needs will be best served by a higher level of care will be given community referrals
  • Temporary psychiatric services may be offered as a bridge for students referred to community psychiatrists

Students who need services other than short-term intervention at SPCS and who will be referred off campus include students who:

  • Need on-going inpatient or outpatient services requiring long term treatment and/or multiple sessions per week
  • Are best served in a specialized venue (e.g. inpatient substance abuse, eating disorders requiring medical monitoring)
  • Need ongoing management of imminent danger to self or others, and/or is deteriorating (e.g. suicidal or homicidal, experiencing hallucinations or unable to care for themselves)
  • Need medical detoxification or medical stabilization
  • Demonstrate chronic or recurring concerns of suicidality, self-injury, previous hospitalizations, untreated psychosis
  • Seek comprehensive assessments for ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities
  • Seek psychological assessment for forensic purposes, employment clearance, emotional support animals, other non-academic needs
  • Are unwilling to address problem behavior or unable to comply with recommended treatment, including repeated attendance problems
  • Are already receiving therapy with another mental health provider

Service Limitations/Attendance Policy

Services are not focused on remedial, reconstructive or long-term therapeutic experiences for students. It is important to render services in line with the mental health needs of the individual, therefore if SPCS does not have adequate resources for treatment or lacks staff with specific expertise required to provide such treatment, students will be referred to community resources. Students are responsible for the cost of these off-campus services. These resources will be given with students’ needs in mind, after speaking with an SPCS counselor, who will follow up with students to ensure that a connection was made with an outside provider.  

Attendance Policy
In order to best support student responsibility, encourage continuity of counseling treatment and to meet the high volume of students we serve, we need our clients to attend their scheduled appointments. We therefore have firm policies regarding cancellations and no-show appointments.

  • If you miss a scheduled appointment without calling to cancel or reschedule and do not contact SPCS within 24 hours following the missed appointment, the same appointment time and/or counselor may no longer be available and you must contact your assigned counselor to initiate the reschedule.
  • Late cancellations (Less than 24 hours notice) due to onset of illness or an emergency will not affect your ability to reschedule.
  • Repeated no-show or cancellation of appointments may result in a termination of services at SPCS. In that instance, appropriate outside resources will be provided.

After Hours Emergencies

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency after normal business hours, weekends or holidays, please seek assistance by doing one of the following:

  • Call 911 or Public Safety on campus at (714) 997-6763
  • Go to the ER at St. Joseph’s Hospital at 1100 W. Stewart Drive, Orange (off of La Veta)
  • Go to the ER at UCI Medical Center at 101 The City Drive, Orange (off of Chapman)
  • Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)

A psychological emergency exists when, if someone doesn’t get immediate help, serious psychological or physical consequences result.

Other Services

Disability Services
Jason McAlexander, M.S., M.A.
(714) 744-7971 
(714) 744-7940 fax

PEER and Health Education
Dani Smith
Director & Sexual Assault Advocate
(714) 744-7080

Health Services
Jacqueline Deats
(714) 997-6851

Public Safety
(714) 997-6763

Dean of Students
(714) 997-6721

Residence Life and First Year Experience
(714) 997-6603

Frances Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy
(714) 997-6746

Contact Us

Phone: (714) 997-6778
Fax: (714) 744-7940

Location: 410 N. Glassell St.
(House between Public Safety & Student Health)

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed 12-1 p.m.)

SPCS After Hours
Consultation & Crisis Services
(714) 997-6778

Safe Space Logo

Concerned about a student?

Please report your concerns to help keep our campus healthy and safe: 
Student Concerns Intervention Team.

national suicide prevention lifeline logo

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Find out more about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at