CAPS at Wharton

Wellness at Wharton and Wellness at Penn provide services from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for all Wharton students as part of the University-wide commitment to students, faculty, and staff in a shared culture of well-being. Find out why and how you access these resources through the Frequently Asked Questions below, or visit the CAPS site to connect.

Access CAPS

Abe Zubarev will be providing in-person counseling on Tuesdays from 1-5pm and Wednesdays from 9am-2pm.

Courtney Hutchison will provide counseling via telehealth on Tuesdays from 3-7pm and Thursdays from 9am-1pm.

You can make an appointment with Courtney or Abe by calling Student Counseling/CAPS (215.898.7021, press 2) during business hours and identify yourself as Wharton student seeking to see one of the Wharton embed clinicians -or- you can email Courtney (chutchi@upenn.edu) directly to set-up an appointment.

All students can speak directly to a Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) clinician 24/7, 7 days a week by calling 215-898-7021. All students can make appointments at CAPS by calling or dropping in at the main office at 3624 Market Street during business hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CAPS embedded program?

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) created the embedded clinician pilot program to honor requests from professional schools where students’ busy schedules precluded them from visiting CAPS during business hours. CAPS began the embedded clinician pilot program in 2015 at the School of Veterinary Medicine with one staff member on-site for up to 10 hours a week between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The program expanded to the School of Dental Medicine in 2016,  and in 2017, to the Perelman School of Medicine and Penn Law.

The 2018 expansion of the pilot program at Wharton represented the next phase of this initiative: Assigning an embedded clinician to a school building that serves both undergraduate and graduate students. Wharton is funding the program as part of its ongoing wellness initiatives. Wharton and CAPS work closely throughout the academic year to assess demand, utilization, and student feedback.

Please note that due to COVID-19, the embed program in JMHH has transitioned to a telehealth delivery method until classes resume on January 24. Courtney will continue to provide counseling via telehealth after January 24 and Abe will provide in-person counseling starting the week of January 24.

What is the goal of the CAPS embedded program at Wharton?

The goal of the program is to extend CAPS’ services to provide opportunities for brief intervention, consultation, and referrals in a convenient, comfortable, familiar space for undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral business students.

The embedded CAPS clinician at Wharton works closely with school student services staff to assist with programming, public health interventions, and referrals.

REMINDER: All students can speak directly to a CAPS clinician 24/7 by calling 215-898-7021. All students can be seen immediately by dropping into CAPS during business hours. All students can make appointments at CAPS by calling or dropping in. CAPS is open Monday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CAPS’ main office provides comprehensive services with a range of clinical specialties.

COVID-19 Update

CAPS is now open at 3624 Market Street. All of Wellness services remain fully operational and in alignment with CDC public health guidelines, continue to incorporate more telehealth for ultimate student choice and convenience.  Current in-office hours are 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hours of operation are 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday. CAPS is available 24/7 at 215-898-7021, option 1.

CAPS staff remain available to offer a full range of clinical services. You may connect with a member of the Drop-In team or schedule an Initial Assessment to begin crafting a support plan. Visits will be conducted primarily through telehealth. If you feel you need an in-person consultation, please call 215-898-7021, option 2. You will be asked to participate in a brief health screening followed by a clinical discussion about your needs.

What does not happen at the CAPS embedded program at Wharton?

The embedded clinician will not hold long-term therapy sessions or provide specialty clinical care to students. This program is for brief intervention and consultation only.

Who are the providers?

Courtney Hutchison, is a licensed social worker and psychotherapist with a background in community mental health and college counseling settings.  Hutchison holds master’s degrees from Bryn Mawr College and UC Berkeley and earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University. She won the 2018 Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work Award for Clinical Excellence. Hutchison trained at CAPS and previously worked with Wharton student groups to facilitate workshops.

Abe Zubarev, LCSW, BCD, ATR is a licensed and board certified clinical social worker and mental health clinician at Penn’s Student Counseling. As an embedded therapist, Abe will provide dedicated time and attention each week to supporting the specialized needs of Wharton students. Abe has over a decade of experience in supporting diverse students with a wide range of concerns and is a generalist who has worked extensively in treating depression and anxiety. Abe previously served as a therapist at Temple University’s Tuttleman counseling as well as directing counseling services departments at Penn State Brandywine and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has particular interests in stress management/adjustment, self-esteem, existential concerns, gay men’s issues and the autism spectrum. Abe holds masters degrees in clinical social work from Columbia University, in education from Harvard, in art history from Cornell, and is currently completing a doctorate in bioethics at Albany Medical College. Abe looks forward to being a resource to all Wharton students and invites any Wharton student, whether undergraduate, MBA, or PhD, to reach out if you need to talk.

How and when can Wharton students access the clinician?

Abe Zubarev will be providing in-person counseling on Tuesdays from 1-5pm and Wednesdays from 9am-2pm.

Courtney Hutchison will continue to provide counseling via telehealth on Tuesdays from 3-7pm and Thursdays from 9am-1pm.

You can make an appointment with Courtney or Abe by calling Student Counseling/CAPS (215.898.7021, press 2) during business hours and identify yourself as Wharton student seeking to see one of the Wharton embed clinicians -or- you can email Courtney (chutchi@upenn.edu) directly to set-up an appointment.

How will the Wharton CAPS clinician’s time be allocated?

The weekly hours will be set aside for pre-scheduled 30-minute initial assessments and 45-minute follow-up appointments. Students can make appointments by calling CAPS (215-898-7021, press 2) during business hours and identifying themselves as Wharton students seeking a meeting with Courtney or Abe or by emailing Courtney (chutchi@upenn.edu) or Abe (abezub@upenn.edu) directly.

Who can see the Wharton CAPS clinician?

This program expansion serves only full-time Wharton undergraduate, MBA, and PhD students. This includes dual-degree students who may not have Wharton email.

I’m in Engineering but take classes at Wharton. Why can’t I see this CAPS clinician?

This part-time embedded clinician serves a large population, with undergraduates and graduate students. Given the limited hours and capacity, only Wharton students can utilize this service.

Students in other schools should continue to call CAPS 24/7 (215-898-7021) to speak directly to a clinician and/or make appointments during office hours. Students in any school can drop into CAPS at any time during business hours and be seen immediately. All students can call CAPS 24/7 to speak directly to a CAPS clinician by phone.

What happens after my meeting or appointment?

Next steps will depend on the clinician’s assessment and student’s need. Options include:

  • The student may resolve their concerns during their initial appointment with the clinician.
  • The student may be seen for brief psychotherapeutic treatment.
  • The student may be referred to CAPS for a fuller assessment.
  • The student may be referred to a CAPS group or other campus resource.
Have additional questions? Please contact Wellness at Penn to expand this FAQ.