Programs & Services

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What is BASICS?

BASICS stands for Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students.

Goal: Reduce risky behaviors and harmful consequences of alcohol misuse.

 

  • Designed to assist students in examining their own behavior.
  • BASICS is NOT a "Just Say No" or abstinence-only program.
  • Will provide a judgment free environment that is positive, inclusive, and empowering.
  • BASICS provides an opportunity to assess one’s own risk.
  • Discuss potential changes that could help reduce the risk for developing future problems. 
  • We will not release any assessment results or personal information shared during the BASICS appointment.
  • The BASICS Coach is not a licensed counselor. The Coach offers guidance from an education-based approach.

BASICS – A Two Session Process

Session One:

  • 60 minutes in length
  • Release of Information form signed and explained
  • Confidentiality policy explained
  • Timeline of behaviors conducted
  • Learn about monitoring behaviors
  • Information and motivational advice offered
  • e-Checkup process explained

Session Two:

  • 60 minutes in length
  • Occurs 2 weeks after session one
  • Review e-Checkup feedback profile and self-monitoring cards
  • Identify potential changes, if appropriate
  • Discuss harm reduction strategies for future

To make your appointment

  • Send an email to: basics@niu.edu
  • Include your first and last name, ZID, and 3 dates/times when you are available to meet with your BASICS coach.
  • You will receive confirmation of your appointment time to your ZID e-mail account.

Health Enhancement does not provide ANY services (assessment or counseling) which are mandated by the legal system, or those that may require court testimony or reports/letters to be filed with any branch of the city/county/state or federal court; any District Attorney, or Municipal Attorney's office; any defense attorney's office; any department of probation and parole; or any state or county department of human services where litigation is either involved or pending. Students will be referred to community agencies that perform these types of assessments and treatment/counseling.