Students can receive free, confidential counseling in a safe, secure setting in order to explore issues around alcohol and other mood-altering substances.

Individual counseling topics include:

  • alcohol misuse and abuse
  • substance use
  • understanding blood alcohol content and other pertinent informative questions
  • family substance use issues
  • supporting friends who have alcohol and/or substance use issues

Educational Appointments

Students referred to Shaw Wellness through the disciplinary system for alcohol and other drugs violations participate in educational sanctioned appointments. These appointments include:

AlcoholEdu — a highly interactive and personalized online program that allows students to reflect on and consider changing their drinking.

AOD Educational Group — a 90-minute group experience that encourages low to moderate-risk students to change their alcohol and/or other drugs use.

BASICS or CASICS — Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) or Cannabis Screening and Intervention for College Students (CASICS), brief motivational interventions to reduce problem drinking and usage.

eCHECKUP TO GO (Alcohol) — an interactive, online program that provides immediate, personalized feedback about their alcohol use and related variables.

eCHECKUP TO GO (Cannabis) — an interactive, online program that provides immediate, personalized feedback about their cannabis use and related variables.

Evaluation — three to four sessions reviewing the student’s substance use, legal history, and impact on daily functioning. Following interviews,  full report with recommendations is provided. 


A variety of confidential weekly support groups  explore issues and challenges related to alcohol and substance use with the AOD counselor in a comfortable setting. Schedule a pre-group session with the AOD counselor to talk more about joining a group — whether you are recovering or have family members who struggle with substance abuse.

AOD Workshops and Programming

Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) is available for student groups upon request. Students are also encouraged to reach out to tailor a program or workshop to the needs of the group.

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Canceling an Appointment

If you need to cancel for any reason, please contact the Shaw Wellness Institute at or 315-228-6403.

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