BASICS & DEC

BASICS – Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students

BASICS is offered to all USC students who want to explore their alcohol use in a confidential and judgment-free environment. To make an appointment, call OWHP at 213 740-4777.

Reasons to Participate

BASICS is appropriate for anyone that drinks alcohol. BASICS is not an abstinence-only program. It provides a structured opportunity for students to compare personal alcohol use with alcohol use norms, and reflect on individual negative consequences. Goals are created and determined by the student and are aimed at reducing risky behaviors and harmful consequences.

What Students Can Expect

BASICS is two sessions, each of which is 60 minutes. All sessions are one-on-one between a student and an OWHP Health Promotion Specialist. BASICS sessions are confidential and free of charge.

In Session I, the student meets with a Health Promotion Specialist and completes an assessment questionnaire. During Session II, the student receives a feedback profile about their personal use and how it compares to other students at USC. The Health Promotion Specialist works with the student to assess their own risk, identify potential changes, and help to reduce the risk for developing future problems.

The Fine Print

BASICS is based on research conducted at the University of Washington and Western Washington University. The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Task Force members found strong research evidence to support BASICS for individual problem, at-risk, or alcohol-dependent drinkers, ranking the program in Tier 1 for effectiveness among college students. Additionally, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized BASICS as an evidence-based indicated prevention strategy.

Since BASICS was first implemented in 1992, the program has been used on over a 1,000 campuses and has reached tens of thousands of students.

DEC – Drug Education Consultation

DEC is offered to all USC students who want to explore their use of drugs other than alcohol in a confidential and judgment-free environment. To make an appointment, call OWHP at 213-740-4777.

Reasons to Participate

DEC is appropriate for anyone that uses marijuana or drugs, other than alcohol. DEC is grounded in Brief Motivational Interviewing, focusing on risk reduction and wellness enhancement. It provides a structured opportunity for students to compare personal use with use norms, and reflect on individual negative consequences. Goals are created and determined by the student and are aimed at reducing risky behaviors and harmful consequences.

What Students Can Expect

DEC requires two visits to the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion. The first visit can be completed on a walk-in basis during regular office hours. The first visit requires approximately twenty minutes and entails the completion of an assessment form. During the second visit, the student will meet one-on-one with a Health Promotion Specialist to assess their own risk and identify potential changes.

DEC sessions are confidential and prepaid using the Student Health Fee.