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 opportunities to 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 Choices the program include:
- Providing accurate information about alcohol use including:
- normative facts vs. expectations
- myths about alcohol
- physiological facts about alcohol
- standard drink sizes
- consequences associated with use
- alcohol poisoning risk and response
- personal risk assessment and harm reduction
- 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 through Zoom video:
How do I schedule a Choices workshop:
What happens if I am running late for my Choices workshop or I need to reschedule?
- Upon receipt of your scheduled Choices workshop, please contact the Office of Wellness Promotion at email@example.com within 5 business days of your scheduled workshop if the workshop time scheduled for you does not work with your availability.
- If you are running late (more than 5 minutes after your scheduled workshop time), please email the facilitator of your session as identified in your Choices introduction letter. Your workshop will need to be rescheduled if you are more than 5 minutes late.
- On the day of your workshop, if you need to reschedule or cancel, please contact us no later than one hour prior to your scheduled workshop by calling the Office of Wellness Promotion at 610-436-0730 (please leave a voicemail if no one answers with your name, student ID, and the best phone number to return your call).
- Please note that in order to complete the Choices program, you must complete the entire 90-minute workshop. Failure to complete the Choices program could limit your participation in the program in the future and/or result in a hold being placed on your student account, which could limit your ability to do things such as register for classes.
BASICS/CASICS appointments will be occurring through Zoom until further notice.
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?
What happens if I am running late for my BASICS/CASICS appointment or I need to reschedule?
- Upon receipt of your scheduled BASICS/CASICS appointment, please contact the Office of Wellness Promotion at firstname.lastname@example.org within 5 business days of your scheduled session if the session time scheduled for you does not work with your availability.
- If you are running late (more than 5 minutes after your appointment time), please email the facilitator of your session as identified in your BASICS/CASICS introduction letter. Your appointment will need to be rescheduled if you are more than 5 minutes late.
- On the day of your appointment, if you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please contact us no later than one hour prior to your scheduled appointment by calling the Office of Wellness Promotion at 610-436-0730 (please leave a voicemail if no one answers with your name, student ID, and the best phone number to return your call).
- Please note that in order to complete the BASICS/CASICS program, both sessions need to be completed in full. Failure to complete the BASICS/CASICS program could limit your participation in the program in the future and/or result in a hold being placed on your student account, which could limit your ability to do things such as register for classes.
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."
eCHECKUP To Go: Alcohol and Cannabis Use Feedback Tools
Students are encouraged to learn about their use of alcohol and cannabis through completing the eCHECKUP tools.
*for students in BASICS/CASICS, this is the feedback tool you want to complete.
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 your results? Call (610-436-0730) or email (email@example.com) Wellness Promotion to set up a time to talk.
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 your results? Call (610-436-0730) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Wellness Promotion to set up a time to talk.
ScreenU: Alcohol, Cannabis and Prescription Drug Use Feedback Tools
This resource can help you identify if you are experiencing negative consequences because of your alcohol use. Based on your responses, you will receive non-judgmental feedback encouraging you to think about your choices that may be putting you at risk for harmful consequences and connect you will both WCU and community resources. It can also provide ways for you to keep yourself and your friends safer. At the end of the ScreenU, you will receive a certificate of completion. Whatever you decide to do with the information provided to you during this activity is ultimately your choice. You are the expert on you.
Your answers are anonymous unless you choose to share them. If you are interested in discussing your results with a trained staff member, be sure to please download, save and send directly to the Office of Wellness Promotion, at email@example.com. Please note, if you complete the ScreenU and input your email in the email feature of the results, this will send us a direct email from ScreenU and we will not know whose it is - make sure to download, save and send in separate/new WCU email. To learn more about additional programs and services related to substance use, check out our other ATOD programs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-436-0730.”
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 Coaching is an individualized process promoting health and wellness by empowering you to enhance your well-being. WCU’s Wellness Coaching program can help you with:
- 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 Coaching 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.
- A private resource
- Available via phone, zoom, or on-campus
- Flexible based off your schedule
Coaching is not:
- A long-term commitment
- Counseling sessions
- A diagnosis or treatment
You can expect to:
- 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 Wellness Coaching.
- Have fun!
Meet the Coaches:
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 strategies
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 Coaching FAQs
Wellness Coaching is free. A no show fee may be applied if there is more than one session missed.
Students will meet with their coach for 3-4 sessions. Additional sessions may be held as determined by the student and coach.
During the fall 2020 semester, sessions will be held remotely via zoom or phone call. Otherwise, consultation locations are determined between the coach and student.
The first two sessions are typically about an hour in length. The third and fourth session are about 30-minutes.
I've Already Participated In Coaching But I Have New Goals I Would Like To Work On. Can I Sign Up Again?
Yes! We recognize that you may have different goals that you would like to work on. Currently, there is no limit on the number of times you can participate in the program.
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.
No. Wellness coaching is 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 Services (610-436-2301) and Health Services (610-436-2509).
Please email email@example.com. You may send your questions directly or include your availability for staff to setup a time to answer all of your questions.
You can help spread the word about the Wellness Coaching program and encourage friends to reach out. While we can suggest the program to others, we can't make other people want to participate. Feel free to share the Wellness Coaching Flyer to help spread the word about the program.