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Alcohol & Marijuana Assessment and Education

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) is a two-session alcohol assessment and education program for UW-Eau Claire students. Some students are assigned to attend BASICS to fulfill a requirement as a result of an alcohol-related offense, while others participate because they would like to learn strategies to reduce negative consequences they experience due to drinking. BASICS helps students examine their own drinking patterns in a judgment-free environment. During BASICS sessions, students identify individualized goals to reduce the harmful outcomes of drinking.

CASICS (Cannabis Screening and Brief Intervention for College Students) is a nationally recognized marijuana education and prevention program for college students. Following a harm reduction approach, CASICS aims to reduce risky behaviors and harmful consequences of marijuana abuse. The program is designed to assist students to examine his/her own behavior in a judgment-free environment.

What can I expect from BASICS or CASICS?

BASICS/CASICS consists of two sessions, two to four weeks apart, which last between 60-90 minutes each. All sessions are one-on-one between the student and a trained BASICS/CASICS facilitator. Students who are required to complete BASICS/CASICS due to a University violation will receive a deadline for completing both sessions.

  • Session 1 assesses the student's alcohol/marijuana consumption patterns, history and related issues. A homework assignment will be explained.
  • Session 2 provides personalized feedback based on assessments and focuses on ways the student might reduce future health, social, and legal risks.

How can I register for BASICS or CASICS?

Registration for BASICS/CASICS is completed through the Health Promotion office in Schofield 26. Contact Katie Wilson to register.

How much does it cost to take BASICS or CASICS?

For those assigned to BASICS/CASICS as a sanction, the total cost for the 2 sessions is $100. Payment is made at the time of the first session. Students who self-refer to BASICS/CASICS will not be charged a fee.

Who should I contact if I have questions about BASICS or CASICS?

For more information about BASICS/CASICS contact the Health Promotion Office by emailing Katie Wilson or by calling 715-836-5112 or by stopping by our office in 26 Schofield Hall.

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