Wellness Promotion Services

The CHOICES program (a 90-minute group session) uses an interactive journal that engages students in learning about alcohol use and provides opportunitiesto apply the information to their individual life circumstances.   Students will have the opportunity to learn from their peers in this group environment.   

The primary goals of the program include: 

  • Providing accurate information about alcohol use including: 
    • normative facts vs. expectations
    • myths about alcohol
    • physiological facts about alcohol
    • expectancies
    • BAC
    • standard drink sizes
    • tolerance
    • consequences associated with use
    • alcohol poisoning risk and response
    • personal risk assessment and harm reduction
    • self-monitoring
  • Informing students about their level of exposure to harm
  • Providing a menu of strategies to encourage making behavior change

Choices group workshops will be offered on the following dates and times in April through Zoom video:

Friday, April 3: 9-10:30am

Thursday, April 9: 1-2:30pm

Monday, April 13: 2:30-4pm

If you have questions or need to schedule your workhops, please feel free to contact the Office of Wellness Promotion at 610-436-0730 (please leave a voicemail ) or through wellness@wcupa.edu 


BASICS/CASICS appointments will be occuring through Zoom for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.  If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact the Office of Wellness Promotion at:  610-436-0730 (please leave a voicemail) or wellness@wcupa.edu. 

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students  (BASICS) / Brief Cannabis Screening and Intervention for College Students (CASICS) 
*note: all sessions are scheduled as BASICS sessions 

✔ No judgment

  • BASICS/CASICS is an individual conversation (usually 2 sessions) with a member of the Wellness Promotion staff.
  • The conversation includes: alcohol/cannabis/drug use, information about alcohol/other drugs, self-evaluation of use, how your use compares to other students.
  • BASICS/CASICS will help you evaluate alcohol/cannabis/drug use in relation to life goals, health, and safety.
  • BASICS/CASICS is open to any student who wants to discuss alcohol or drug use, as well as students referred due to a WCU Conduct sanction*

*BASICS/CASICS do not fulfill requirements for a DUI evaluation or class.

How do I schedule a BASICS/CASICS appointment?

Call Student Health Services at 610-436-0730 and request an appointment with a BASICS/CASICS provider, and have your schedule readily available. There is often a 1-2 week wait, so schedule as soon as you are able. Holds will not be removed until you attend your BASICS/CASICS session in-person.  Students should not miss class to attend BASICS/CASICS appointments.  Class excuses will not be provided.

What do I need for BASICS/CASICS?

  • Allow for one hour for your appointment.
  • You will receive an email reminder to your WCU email the night prior to your appointment.
  • Any cancellations must be 24 hours in advance; there is a late cancellation/no-show fee of $10.
  • If you are more than 10 minutes late for your session, you will be asked to reschedule.
  • LOCATION: Student Health Services, Commonwealth Hall, Ground Floor.
  • Check-in at the desk when you arrive.

There is a $12 visit fee for the appointment for students attending the program as a result of a WCU Conduct sanction, as with all health center visits.  All students who fail to show up for a BASICS/CASICS session they are registered to attend (without providing 24-hour notice) will receive a $10 no-show fee.

Alcohol and Marijuana Use Feedback Tools

eCHECKUP Alcohol
Do you drink alcohol? How many calories do you typically drink in a week? How much money do you spend in a month? How does your alcohol use compare to other WCU students and students in the US?

Take 8-10 minutes to get personal, confidential feedback about alcohol use with the eCHECKUP Alcohol. Want to talk about the results? Call a member of our Wellness Promotion staff and set up a time to talk.

*eCHECKUP to Go Program Link can be found here.

eCHECKUP Marijuana
Do you smoke marijuana? How much money do you spend in a month? How does your use compare to other WCU students and students in the US?

Take 8-10 minutes to do the eCHECKUP TO GO: Marijuana and get personal, confidential feedback about marijuana use. Want to talk about the results? Call a member of our Wellness Promotion staff and set up a time to talk.

*eCHECKUP to Go Program Link can be found here.

Comments from students who have attended BASICS 

  • "My Basics instructor helped me out a lot and I think everyone should go through this training during their first year."
  • "The BASICS program was very informative and extremely well structured. I would recommend it to students even if they received no citation."
    • "Helpful to be able to talk about issues in a closed environment. Thanks."

Sometimes things in life get in the way of taking care of ourselves – including prioritizing our health and wellness.  It may not be easy to find the time, energy, and resources to do things like working out, eating well, maintaining social connections with friends and family.   We understand that college students frequently go through life transitions which may require a little extra support.  We are here to help. 

Wellness Consultations are an individualized process promoting health and wellness by empowering you to enhance your well-being.   WCU’s Wellness Consultation program can help you improve: 

  • Stress Management (stress reduction techniques, time management) 
  • Self-Efficacy (values strengthening, self-confidence, self-image) 
  • Life Transitions (personal, academic and social changes) 
  • Social Support/Relationship Building (community on campus, sense of belonging) 
  • Personal Health (nutrition, physical activity, sleep habits) 
  • Alcohol and/or Other Drugs

Potential outcomes of participating in Wellness Consultations include increase in self-awareness, acquisition of new knowledge and skills, attainment of personal and professional goals, sustainable behavior change, increased life satisfaction, and becoming one’s best self. 

Consultations Are: 

  • Free 
  • Short-term 
  • A private resource 
  • Available via phone, zoom, or on-campus 
  • Flexible based off your schedule 

Consultations are NOT: 

  • Critical 
  • A long-term commitment 
  • Counseling 
  • A diagnosis or treatment 

During your Wellness Consultation experience you can expect to: 

  • Receive non-judgmental and unbiased support from your consultant as you move through your change and growth process. 
  • Learn more about yourself and your strengths, and how you can use them to support your wellness journey 
  • Develop new skills to help you flourish and thrive at WCU and beyond 
  • Challenge yourself (and be challenged by your consultant!) to step outside your comfort zone and push past limits we often set for ourselves. 
  • Invest yourself and your time in order to get out as much as you can from your Wellness Consultation. 
  • Have fun! 

Meet the Consultants:

Jayme Trogus 
Role: Senior Director, Office of Wellness Promotion 
Places I’ve Lived: Wyomissing, PA; East Stroudsburg, PA; Lancaster, PA 
Hobbies/Interests: Running, spending time with family and friends, spending time outdoors, sports 
Educational Background: B.S. in Social Work; MPH in Community Health Education  
Areas of Interest: Substance use, work-life balance, self-care, relationship building, behavior change strategie
Sarah Williamson 
Role: Associate Director, Office of Wellness Promotion 
Places I’ve Lived: West Chester, PA; Newark, Delaware; Washington, D.C.; Pittsburgh, PA 
Hobbies/Interests: Grabbing coffee, reading, running, cooking, watching baseball 
Educational Background: B.S. in Human Services, Education & Public Policy; M.Ed Counseling with a Secondary School Certification 
Areas of Interest: Stress management, time management, self-care, finding a sense of belonging, adjusting to life transitions 

Wellness Consultation FAQs 

Are consultations free? 
  • All Wellness Consultations are free. A no show fee may be applied if there is more than one session missed.  

How many sessions will I see my wellness consultant? 
  • Students will meet with their consultant for 3-4 sessions. Additional sessions may be held as determined by the student and consultant. 

Where are sessions held? 
  • During the spring 2020 semester, sessions will be held remotely via zoom or phone call. Otherwise, consultation locations are determined between the consultant and student. 

How much time will I need to dedicate to my wellness consultation? 
  • The first two sessions are typically about an hour in length. The third and fourth session are about 30-minutes. 

How do I sign-up for a session? 
  • Students can sign-up for a Wellness Consultation through the link below. 

Wellness Consultation Sign-up Form 
I’ve already participated in a consultation, but I have some new goals I would like to work on; can I still sign-up? 
  • Yes! We recognize that you may have different goals that you would like to work on than your initial consultation. Currently, there is no limit on the number of times you can participate in the program.  

The consultation process isn’t what I thought; can I back out of this commitment? 
  • Yes. We ask that you let your facilitator know. Students who no show for appointments more than once may be charged a no show fee. 

Are consultations a confidential resource on campus? 
  • No. Wellness consultations are a private resource meaning that information shared will remain private between, you, the student, and your facilitator with the following expectations:
    • Disclosure of sexual misconduct-including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual abuse, and harassment 
    • Concern of safety to yourself or to another person, including criminal behavior
    • Facilitators are not confidential resources on campus. On-campus confidential resources include the Center for Counseling & Psychological Serivces (610-436-2301) and Health Services (610-436-2509). 

I’m having issues signing up; who should I contact? 
  • Please email wellness@wcupa.edu and someone will be in touch with you within 1 business day. 

I have general questions or concerns about Wellness Consultations. Who should I contact about that? 
  • Please email wellness@wcupa.edu. You may send your questions directly or include your availability for staff to setup a time to answer all of your questions. 


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