Student Mental Health Resources
Graduate school is a time of tremendous learning and growth that is professionally and personally rewarding, but it can also be filled with challenges. The USU Psychology Department wants you to feel well-supported as you progress in your education. If you find yourself experiencing psychological distress, please know there are a number of resources available to you. Some of these resources are free or are available on a sliding scale as part of your student fees. These resources include remote and in-person therapy with a psychotherapist, bibliotherapy, and an online psychotherapy resource, ACT Guide. You may opt to see a psychotherapist of your choosing, but may need to pay out of pocket for their services.
Links to Resources
- USU's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
- Doctoral students in the Psychology Department's graduate programs access CAPS services by emailing Dr. Justin Barker. Dr. Barker is the contact for graduate students in the Department. He will let you know how to access services, which include in-person and telehealth. There are two therapists available who work exclusively with graduate students. When you reach out, be sure to let Dr. Barker know you are a graduate student in Psychology – we have a specific process for Psychology graduate students that helps students access care in an expedient manner.
- If you find the waitlist is long or experience challenges getting into care, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Becky Blais, who is happy to help facilitate referrals. She will protect your privacy and work with you to be seen.
- Self-Help Resources through the USU Library
- ACT Guide
- Dr Levin’s laboratory is excited to offer free access to ACT Guide, our new online self-help program based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), for all current USU students including graduate students in the psychology department. You can access the program here. You can obtain free access to ACT Guide by entering your A Number and USU password on the initial signup page. After doing so, you will be redirected to a qualtrics survey where you will create a separate login for ACT Guide. We do not have access to which A Numbers are used to begin registration, since the USU login simply redirects to our registration page. So please do use your A number to register for the program initially.
- However, we do collect all data entered after that point in the Qualtrics registration survey and ACT Guide program. Since ACT Guide is staffed by a psychology graduate student and supervised by Mike Levin, some psychology graduate students may prefer to increase their confidentiality by registering using pseudonyms that cannot be reasonably linked to their identity. The program also requires an email address to register, which is primarily used to send over your login information (username/password). If you have concerns about privacy/confidentiality, you might use a new email that is not identifiable to staff or just enter the email ACTGuide@usu.edu. This will ensure your participation remains anonymous while also ensuring your login credentials are sent to a secure place and not to an unauthorized user. If you do choose to create a pseudonym with a different name and email please make an effort to remember your username and password since you might not be able to retrieve them if you forget.
- Campus Recreation Group Fitness
- USU Student Health Services
- Students may see a prescriber at the Student Health Center. You can make an appointment online or you can contact Judy Baldwin at 797-1660. When making an appointment, please mention that you are a Psychology doctoral student. If you experience delays in getting care or need to be seen immediately, but have trouble getting a prompt appointment, feel free to contact Dr. Becky Blais, who can help facilitate speedy referrals.
- Instructions to Access In-Person Mental Health Resources through Graduate Student Insurance
We recognize that students have several roles on campus that may make them reticent to seek mental health services at one of the locations on campus. Students may access in-person treatment using their student health insurance option. To determine who is accepting new clients in the area, please use the following instruction sheet to learn about providers are available to you. Please note this program is only available to those who opt-in to the insurance plan offered through USU. Those who have insurance provided elsewhere (e.g., parents, spouse) should contact their insurance directly to learn about what options they have.