About CARE at CAPS

CARE at CAPS is a safe place for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking to get support, consultation, and have a safe place to talk. CARE at CAPS offers:;

CARE services include 24-hour crisis counseling, referrals to the Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica – UCLA Medical Center, medical and legal options, and consultation.

Counselors help students work through feelings and explore the impact and meaning of their experience. Medication and referrals to long-term treatment are also available.

Resource Navigation, Support and Advocacy
Student Care Managers/Advocates for CARE are available to consult with students, families, staff, and faculty to determine a helpful approach or course of action. 

Prevention & Education Programs
CARE workshops and trainings are offered to students, faculty, and staff to educate the community about sexual violence prevention and response. The CARE Training Certificate program is offered to student leaders committed to taking a stand against sexual and gender-based violence.

CARE is located in The Counseling Center at Wooden Center West.

To access a CARE Counselor, call (310) 825-0768, or contact: 
Michal Scharlin, LC.S.W. – mscharlin@caps.ucla.edu
Mark Veldkamp, CARE Advocate – (310)794-7291
Kiara Lee, CARE Advocate – (310)794-7299

You can get help without formally reporting an assault or requesting formal treatment.


CAPS Counselors act as your advocates on campus, should you need them. We assist students through in making decisions about reporting and next steps, accessing health services and academic support.

What does this look like on UCLA’s Campus?

  • Housing
  • Academic
  • Accompaniment to appointments as needed for support
  • Referrals to campus Resources (CAPS, Dean of Students, Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Student Legal Services)

How can the Advocate support students off campus?

  • Accompaniment to appointments with law enforcement, court and other community resources
  • Referrals to community resources


Counselors at CAPS help students work through feelings, and explore the impact and meaning of their experience of assault or violence. Medication treatment and referrals to long-term treatment are also available.

  • CAPS clinicians available by phone 24 hours per day
  • CARE Manager is available as a low barrier 1st contact for immediate response
  • CAPS clinicians available for nonscheduled walk-in sessions Monday through Friday
  • CAPS Clinicians are specially trained to provide Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • 7 Designated clinicians serving as CARE clinicians Psychiatry
  • Group Therapy – “Healing from Sexual Assault”
  • Referrals
  • Collaboration with Student Care Manager/Advocate

Message from University of California Police Chiefs

Working together to end violence: www.sexualviolence.ucla.edu/