What is BASICS at Amherst?
BASICS is a nationally renowned program designed specifially for college students to help them explore, in a non-judgemental environment, their decisions around drinking to minimize its harmful effects in their life. BASICS has a "harm reduction" philosophy with the purpose of reducing harm rather than telling students not to drink.
The Amherst BASICS Structure:
BASICS at Amherst consists of two confidential, one-to-one sessions with a trained professional staff member. The two sessions occur approximately 10 days apart.
SESSION I: An initial 30 minute session assessing the student's alcohol consumption patterns, history, and related issues.
SESSION II: A follow-up 60 minute 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 program, you will be provided with a link to schedule your two BASICS appointments.