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Center for Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University
501 Student Health Center
University Park, PA 16802-4601
Phone: (814) 863-0395
Fax: (814) 863-9610
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Counseling Center Assessment of Psychological Symptoms (CCAPS)

The first CCAPS instrument was developed by Counseling & Psychological Services at the University of Michigan in 2001 for the purpose of creating a high-quality, multi-dimensional assessment instrument that was free and clinically useful for college counseling centers. Based on this foundation, the current family of CCAPS instruments, clinical/administrative reports, and related research are managed by CCMH as a service to university and college counseling centers. The CCAPS instruments are intended to meet the clinical, research, and administrative needs of counseling centers while also contributing valuable information to the science of mental health in college students.

In addition to very strong psychometric properties and a balanced rational/empirical design that is highly relevant to clinical work in counseling centers, the CCAPS instruments provide regularly updated peer-based norms drawn from very large samples. For example, the current CCAPS norms (2012) are based on approximately 60,000 students seeking counseling services at institutions across the US. Because of the size and diversity of the norming group, clinicians can feel very confident that a scored CCAPS profile provides an up-to-date, relevant, and accurate evaluation. The CCAPS norms will be continually updated and improved as data becomes available.

CCAPS-62

The CCAPS-62 was first released in June, 2009 and was updated in 2012. It is a 62-item instrument with eight distinct subscales related to psychological symptoms and distress in college students. Details about the development of the CCAPS-62 can be found here: Locke, B.D., Soet Buzolitz, J., Lei P.-W., Boswell, J.F., McAleavey, A.A., Sevig, T.D., Dowis, J.D., & Hayes, J.A. (2011). Development of the Counseling Center Assessment of Psychological Symptoms-62 (CCAPS-62). Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58(1), 97-109.  

The eight CCAPS-62subscales are:

  1. Depression
  2. Generalized Anxiety
  3. Social Anxiety 
  4. Academic Distress 
  5. Eating Concerns 
  6. Family Distress 
  7. Hostility 
  8. Substance Use 
  9. Distress Index

The CCAPS-62 takes approximately 7-10 minutes to complete. Due to its more comprehensive nature, sensitivity to low-range distress, and the inclusion of family-related questions, the CCAPS-62 is best suited for initial and post-treatment assessments though it can also be used to monitor ongoing treatment. Clinicians find the range of items under each subscale clinically useful during initial assessment and at termination as a useful check on treatment effects.

CCAPS-34

The CCAPS-34 was released in September, 2009 and updated in 2012. It is a 34-item instrument with eight distinct subscales related to psychological symptoms and distress in college students. All items of the CCAPS-34 are present in CCAPS-62 under the same subscales. The CCAPS-34 does not have a Family Distress subscale and the Substance Use subscale of the CCAPS-62 is renamed Alcohol Use in the CCAPS-34 because all subscale items refer to alcohol. The CCAPS-34 takes approximately 2-3 minutes to complete, can be used as a brief assessment instrument at any point in treatment and, due to its brevity can be used for repeated measurements of clients at every session, a specific interval, or on a calendar basis.

Availability and Scoring

All college or university counseling centers may use CCAPS instruments for free and without explicit permission. Non-counseling center entities are required to contact CCMH to learn about current distribution policies. The CCAPS is available for use in social science research. To request a copy of the CCAPS User Manual please contact us.  
Automated scoring of the CCAPS instruments is currently available in these ways:
  1. Titanium Schedule - The CCAPS Instruments have been available via Titanium Software since 2008. Titanium was instrumental in the creation of CCMH and plays a central role in the technology behind CCMH. 
  2. CCAPS Web Service - Vendors of electronic medical records (EMR's) can complete a thorough certification process to become an "Authorized CCAPS Distributor". Click here for details
  3. SPSS Syntax
  4. Excel-based scoring system (contact us