Cannabis Screening and Brief Intervention for College Students

CASICS (Cannabis Screening and Brief Intervention for College Students) is a nationally recognized prevention program for college students who have experienced or are at risk for cannabis-related problems. CASICS does not assume a cannabis problem but allows students to examine their own use pattern and make changes in order to decrease the chances of negative consequences or future problems.

CASICS is delivered in a non-confrontational, non-judgmental manner over the course of two 1 ½ hour one-on-one interviews with an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. The first interview gathers information about the student's recent cannabis use pattern, personal beliefs about drugs/drug use history, and finishing with an online assessment survey.

Information from the online assessment survey is used to develop a customized feedback profile for use in the second interview, which compares personal use with use norms, reviews individualized negative consequences and risk factors, clarifies perceived risks and benefits of cannabis and provides options to assist in making changes to decrease or abstain from cannabis use.