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COVID-19 related Update from Counseling and Psychological Services

Dear Students,

As President Smith outlined in her recent update on the academic year, the College will invite a cohort of students back to campus this fall, with many students continuing to take classes remotely. In anticipation of the coming semester, we are writing to share an update on CAPS services and to affirm our commitment to supporting the health and wellness of our students by offering access to mental health care. 

With the safety of our students in mind, we will continue to offer all CAPS sessions virtually this fall semester, both for students who are on campus and those who are off campus. Please be aware that due to varying state regulations on how psychologists and social workers are licensed, CAPS will have to alter our delivery of services this fall. 

  • In-State: all students who reside in Pennsylvania, whether on- or off- campus, will be able to access individual tele-mental-health services at CAPS. 

  • Out of State: CAPS counselors will offer up to 3 tele-consultation sessions to out of state students.

  • CAPS plans to offer alternatives to its Group Therapy program this fall, and will share more information as soon as it is available.

As an additional resource, Swarthmore College is partnering with Talkspace. With Talkspace, you can have up to 4 live 30-minute video sessions a month, and send asynchronous text, audio, and video messages to a dedicated licensed therapist. Learn more at

Beginning on August 31, you may visit our website and select “Schedule an Appointment at CAPS” from our main menu to request an appointment. If you need access to care outside our regular hours, please contact our CAPS On-Call service at 610-328-7768 which can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In case of emergency, contact Public Safety at 610-328-8333 or dial 911. 

We are still in the process of determining additional programming and workshops this fall, and expect to be able to share more information soon. Additional information on the fall semester and the College’s response to COVID-19 can be found on the Swarthmore COVID-19 website.  

David Ramirez, Ph.D., ABPP