Educational Counseling

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Mission for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Educational Programs

CAPS Educational Programs provides students success and life skills that promote academic success.  Our program assists students in navigating the university by informing them of SJSU resources and policies and serving as a bridge to personal counseling to help students’ overall well-being.  We work with students on an on-going basis to create tailored educational plans to meet their goals.

Vision Statement:

Educational Programs will increase the retention and graduation rates of SJSU students.  This will be achieved by providing a positive space for students, by promoting accountability and empowerment and by helping students to set short and long term educational goals. 

Our Services:

  • Provide workshops, groups and special programs
  • Help students learn study-skills, time-management skills and life-skills
  • Help students set measurable goals and help with decision making
  • Empower students to better navigate the university and SJSU policies to reach their educational goals
  • Assist students who are disqualified or placed on probation
  • Assist students in exploring major/career options
  • Help students overcome academic difficulties and improve academic performance

What Can You Expect From Educational Counseling?

Sessions run for 30 minutes.  Students, on average, receive 1-2 sessions per semester.

Confidentiality and Limitations will be outlined.

Educational Counseling addresses:

  • Navigating MySJSU (Schedules/Grades/Admin Tasks)
  • Guidance on Campus Policies and Procedures
  • Classroom Strategies (i.e. note taking)
  • How to Communicate with Professors and Peers
  • Identify Learning Styles
  • Time- Management
  • Test-Taking
  • Decision-Making (Major/Career)

Follow-up Sessions may include:

  • Referral to Workshops
  • Return Session with Educational Counselor
  • Referral to Personal Counseling

Please click on the links below to learn more about how educational counseling can support:

Appointments. You can make an appointment by calling 408-924-5910 or by coming to our location (Student Wellness Center, third floor, Room 300B). Appointments are available from 8:30am-4:30pm daily. Appointments are 25-30 minutes. You should arrive about 30 minutes before your first appointment to complete some paperwork.

What to Bring. All students should know their user ID and password for their MySJSU. It is a highly recommended that you bring copies of your academic records/transcripts, especially if you are a transfer student or a returning student after a leave of absense from SJSU.