Alcohol Use Self-Evaluation
Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students
BASICS is a “drinker’s checkup” that helps you examine your use, identify changes that could work for you and reduce your risk of future problems. It’s not therapy or substance abuse treatment.
In BASICS, you'll complete an online assessment, creating a personalized profile of your use. The online assessment instrument is the Alcohol e-CheckUpToGo and is accessible on a link at the bottom of this page. You will then schedule an appointment with a BASICS team member and bring the personalized profile to the interview. The BASICS team member will talk with you about these results, helping you identify consequences of your choices and explore ways to reduce risks.
BASICS will generally consist of an initial feedback and exploration interview and a second follow up interview to see how you are doing with altering problematic use patterns and/or reducing associated risks. Further meetings can be set up based upon the desires and goals of a given student.
If you’re mandated to attend BASICS, you'll receive an e-mail with instructions on scheduling your appointment. If you want to take part on your own, Diane Von Ruden at the Counseling Center can assist you at extension 3062. You can also e-mail Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no cost to students for this service.
Who will know that I've used BASICS?
Your work online and with the prevention specialists is confidential. Documentation of attendance is generally required if you are mandated to complete BASICS.
BASICS team members consist of a group of staff from the student life division who are trained in motivational interviewing and the delivery of the BASICS program. The current members of the team are from:
The Counseling Center
The Wellness Center
St. Olaf College’s BASICS program is based on research conducted at the University of Washington and was launched in January of 2011. The e-CheckUpToGo is an interactive online survey developed by the San Diego State University Research Foundation. It provides personalized information about a given student’s drinking patterns and risk factors.
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