Dominican University Counseling and Psychological Services (DUCAPS)


The Dominican University Counseling and Psychological services offers a variety of individuals, couples, and group counseling services which are provided by counseling psychologists, clinical psychologists. It offers her services to the fully enrolled students who have paid their registration fees and the staff of the university and their immediate families. The service opened throughout the academic opening calendar times. The reception hours remain from Monday to Friday, opening hours of the University
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The Service is staffed by a team of qualified and licensed counselors and therapists. Counselors are all specialized in serving people from multicultural backgrounds and with a wide variety of personal, academic and work-related challenges.
The University Counselling Service serves both the students and the staff. Although, many people’s personal decisions are made and problems solved through discussions with friends or family, College Lecturers or Director of Studies, Dean of a faculty, a Nurse, Chaplain, colleague, or a Doctor. However, the university counseling Centre encourages that it is right to seek help away from one’s familiar daily environment. The University Counselling Service exists to meet such a need. Dominican University Counseling and Psychological Services(DUCAPS) further encourages that seeking professional counselling is about making a positive choice to get help by talking confidentially with a professionally trained listener who has no other role in your life.
The Centre also offers the following:
  • Peer counselling training on basic counselling skills and personality formation.
  • The peer counsellors do needs assessments in the different hostels in order to come up with appropriate interventions to address the most pressing needs. This is done through seminars, workshops and health talks, etc.
  • The center also dialogues with students on different topics through brochures.
  • DUCAPS runs informative workshops/ seminars on different topics e.g, leadership, drug and substance abuse, relationship issues, career etc.
  • The peer counsellors are also involved in community service for example, visiting the children’s homes, giving informative talks in high schools visiting prisons and correctional Centres for young people, etc.
  • Psychological assessments for clients and candidates for religious life and priesthood
DUCAPS offers services that are guided by the Ethics for Counseling and Psychotherapy. These services offered by DUCAPS reflects this ethical diversity and supports practitioners being responsive to differences in client abilities, needs and culture and taking account of variations between settings and service specializations by considering:
  • Values
  • Principles
  • Personal moral qualities
DUCAPS fundamental values of counselling and psychotherapy include a commitment to:
  • Respecting human rights and dignity
  • Protecting the safety of clients
  • Ensuring the integrity of practitioner-client relationships
  • Enhancing the quality of professional knowledge and its application
  • Alleviating personal distress and suffering
  • Fostering a sense of self that is meaningful to the person(s) concerned
  • Increasing personal effectiveness
  • Enhancing the quality of relationships between people
  • Appreciating the variety of human experience and culture
  • Striving for the fair and adequate provision of counselling and psychotherapy services
For DUCAPS, Values inform principles. They represent an important way of expressing a general ethical commitment that becomes more precisely defined and action-orientated when expressed as a principle. DUCAPS requires that all her practitioner’s obligation is to consider all the relevant circumstances with as much care as is reasonably possible and to be appropriately accountable for decisions made.
The Dominican University counselling Centre also serves as a training Centre for psychology/counselling psychology students in training as a place for practicum where they acquire the practical skills of their training.
Beneficiaries: The University Counselling Service will serve both the students and the staff and their family members.