The Institute's History

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CAPS at UC Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department is one of the oldest university counseling centers in the world.  For over 70 years, It has been a national leader in the design and provision of counseling and mental health services to students and is considered one of our nation’s top sites for the training of post-masters, doctoral and post-doctoral interns and fellows.

Response to Global Need

As a response to the growing internationalization of our campus population and our counseling and psychology profession, CAPS entered into an innovative plan to expand its scope and reputation globally. This effort was stimulated by two particular drivers:

  1. The need for our counseling and psychiatry staff to be more proficient in the mental health systems, educational systems, and cultures of our growing numbers of international student clients and patients.
  2. The increasing numbers of requests from international colleagues for consultation and training to develop and improve the professionalism of student counseling at their universities.

Timeline

July 2012
Dr. Vincent Yang, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services of Shanghai Jiao Tong University visited Berkeley 

Oct 2012
Agreement signed between Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai Ocean University and UC Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services regarding staff exchange program, with the purpose of learning about counseling practices and college student mental health in both the U.S. and China. 

May 2013
CAPS sent 1st group of exchange staff to Shanghai, to learn about counseling practices and college student mental health in China

July 2013
Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Shanghai Ocean University sent 1st group of exchange staff to UC Berkeley CAPS, to learn about counseling practices and college student mental health in the U.S.

Oct 2013 
Agreement signed between National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan and UC Berkeley CAPS regarding staff exchange program.

Nov 2013
Agreement signed between Shanghai Educational Commission and UC Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services regarding annual Summer Institute training program for 10-15 counselors from universities in Shanghai, China.

May 2014
CAPS sent 1st group of exchange staff to National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan.

Jul 2014
1st Summer Institute launched and 10 counselors and student affairs professionals from Shanghai, China participated in the training. CAPS also hosted 6 visiting master's in counseling students from National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan to join our intern orientation training. 

Apr 2015
1st pilot of online supervision class with 30+ college counselors from Shanghai, China.

Oct 2016
13 college counseling center directors from P.R. China participated in 2016 annual conference for AUCCCD (Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors) in Tampa, Florida. The institute hosted the first US-China College Student Mental Health Summit at UC Berkeley for all the directors from China.

Aug 2017
1st pilot of supervision program for 2 staff from
University of Dammam in Saudi Arabia

Jul 2019
The Institute  formally changed its name from "UC Berkeley International Institute for Counseling and Student Mental Health" to "UC Berkeley Global Institute for Counseling and Student Mental Health"

Aug 2019
Global Institute started developing a relationship with United Arab Emirates University in UAE, regarding potential training program for their master's students in clinical psychology