Student Veterans Services

UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a welcoming and valuable resource for student veterans. CAPS works with several campus partners, including working closely with the Veteran Resource Office and the Veteran Resource Team to assist student veterans in maximizing their full potential at UCLA and accessing specialized services for student veterans. Our CAPS services capitalize on the strengths, experience, leadership and diversity that student veterans and military personnel bring to our campus. We are invested in your successful transition to UCLA and here to provide support as detailed in our services below.

CAPS provides a range of services to student veterans, and additional services are available upon request. Explore the available services through the drop-down menus below.

Visit Veteran Resources for additional veteran resources in the Greater Los Angeles area and online.

Boots to Bruins

Boots to Bruins Fiat Lux course for student veterans and military members

Research focusing on impediments to academic success indicates that as many as 40% of returning veterans may struggle with psychological and cognitive concerns, as well as issues of social and academic integration. Conversely, research also highlights the assets that student veterans can bring to their college experience, including specialized vocational experience, self-reliance and organizational skills, and an ability to function adeptly within a hierarchical organization. The course aims to:

  • Build a sense of community among student veterans by connecting you with other student veterans on campus (who are typically older & have varied life experiences such as living overseas, combat, more work experience, etc.)
  • Raise awareness of common transition experiences for student veterans to the UCLA community and campus
  • Educate student veterans about academic and veteran-specific resources that are available to them on and off campus to enhance success at UCLA.

Please e-mail the instructor, Dr. Katy Jakle, if you would like additional information about the course. Please contact Emily Ives, if you have any difficulty with enrollment.

Counseling & Psychotherapy

Counseling Services, including individual counseling and psychotherapy, group therapy, couples counseling, emergency intervention, and psychological testing. Common areas of counseling include:

  • Transition to UCLA and transition from military
  • Anxiety, including panicky feelings and avoidance of situations, places or thoughts because they make you anxious  
  • Trauma, PTSD
  • Substance use
  • Academic distress
  • Other concerns    

In addition to the Student Veteran Specialist on staff, we have several other staff members with prior experience working with veterans. We also have staff members trained in empirically-supported treatments for PTSD including Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

Visit CAPS for a Brief Screening, to explore options for counseling or to begin treatment.

If you have urgent counseling needs, please call our 24-hour counseling line at 310-825-0768. You can also call the VA hotline at 310-273-TALK (8255). In an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.

Student Veteran Group

Student Veteran Group, is designed for military veterans and active servicemembers to talk about how skills from the military may impact their transition to UCLA. The goal of the group is to promote successful navigation of new roles and promote attainment of educational and professional objectives. The structure of this group is flexible and will deal with issues that arise from members’ concerns. Please e-mail Dr. Katy Jakle for more information and to schedule a pre-group screening appointment.

Outreach Programming

For students: Check the Veteran Resource Office website and Facebook page for more information about social and educational programming for students, including Student Veteran First Mondays Series, a monthly lunch from 12pm-1pm on a topic of interest to our students.

For staff/faculty/administration: The VA Campus Toolkit provides faculty, staff, and administrators resources to support student Veterans on campus.

Please e-mail Dr. Katy Jakle, if you would more information about outreach opportunities for students, faculty or staff.

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