Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is a service for students who want to explore their alcohol use. It is designed to assist students in examining their own substance use behaviors in a non-judgmental and non-confrontational environment.
The goal of BASICS is to help students reduce risky behaviors and harmful effects from drinking.
No. While your healthcare provider or someone in the campus community might recommend you to BASICS, you do not need a referral from anyone to participate in BASICS.
The BASICS program at Hall Health Center does not provide certificates of completion for anyone mandated to BASICS by court order or student conduct violation.
BASICS involves two 50-minute sessions that are one-on-one with a provider. BASICS is not therapy or substance abuse treatment.
Here is what you can expect in the two sessions:
At your second BASICS session, you and your provider will have a discussion about additional resources and recommendations that might be helpful to you. Your provider may recommend counseling or treatment options.
BASICS is provided by trained professionals in the Mental Health Clinic at Hall Health Center.
The BASICS Program is offered at no charge.
BASICS sessions are by appointment only. Appointments are scheduled through the Mental Health Clinic at Hall Health Center. Please call 206-543-5030 and ask to schedule a BASICS appointment.
BASICS is a confidential service. Your information will not be shared with others without your written consent, except in circumstances when there are legal limits to confidentiality.
Read the UW Medicine Notice of Privacy Practices.
BASICS is an evidence-based approach specifically designed for college students to prevent/reduce high-risk drinking and related negative consequences. BASICS was developed at the University of Washington, Addictive Behaviors Research Center: http://depts.washington.edu/abrc/basics.htm
BASICS is a recognized Model Program through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Dimeff, L. A., Baer, J. S., Kivlahan, D. R., & Marlatt, G. A. (1999). Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS): A harm reduction approach. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.