What is BASICS and CASICS?

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) and CASICS (Cannabis Screening and Intervention for College Students) are nationally renowned and peer reviewed programs designed specifially for college students to help them explore, in a non-judgemental environment, their decisions around alcohol or cannabis use to minimize its harmful effects in their life. BASICS and CASICS use a "harm reduction" philosophy with the purpose of reducing harm rather than telling students not to use alcohol or cannabis.

Meeting Structure:

BASICS & CASICS at Amherst consist of two confidential, one-to-one sixty minute sessions with Karrina Dehle, the Alcohol and Other Drugs Educator. The two sessions occur approximately 10 days apart.

SESSION I: An assessment the student's alcohol/cannabis consumption patterns, history, and related issues.

SESSION II: A follow-up session providing personalized feedback based on screenings and discussion of ways the student might reduce future health, social, and legal risks.


If you have been referred to the BASICS/CASICS program, you will be provided with a link to schedule your two BASICS/CASICS appointments.