Amanda Harmel is a certified BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students) Facilitator and Trainer working within Health Promotion Services. Using the BASICS model, she meets one-on-one with students involved in alcohol/drug-related emergencies. She serves as a non-judgmental resource for students seeking education, resources, and guidance on campus and/or in the community related to alcohol and other drugs.
In addition to meeting with students, Harmel also oversees the implementation of the online alcohol education program, Think About It, which is given to all incoming students and helps advise the Peer Health Educators on topics of Alcohol and Other Drugs.
For questions, please call 314-935-7386. WashU students can schedule an appointment online via the student portal.
The WashU Recovery Group is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in recovery from alcohol and/or drug use. The group is a great opportunity for students to meet others and get support on campus in a private setting. Each semester, the group hosts regular meetings and social events. To learn more about meetings, events, or how you can get involved, you may contact them via email.
BASICS is a two-session intervention program that provides alcohol education and harm reduction techniques through motivational interviewing. Students are referred to the Assistant Director, Alcohol and Other Drug Programming through emergency incident reports, the Office of Student Conduct, Residential Life, Mental Health Services, or the WashU Cares Team. The students referred to BASICS may have already experienced negative consequences related to their alcohol use. This intervention is provided to students for free and includes a brief assessment of their current drinking habits. The student does the assessment online using the Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO product and reviews it in person with the Assistant Director. Based on the outcomes of the two-session intervention, if the student shows signs of addiction or a more serious mental health concern, the Assistant Director will provide a referral to both campus and community resources. These typically include community AA meetings, campus/community Mental Health providers, and/or intensive outpatient treatment or inpatient treatment facilities.
The eCHECKUP TO GO programs are personalized, evidence-based online behavior interventions developed by counselors and psychologists at San Diego State University. The substance programs are designed to motivate individuals to reduce their consumption using personalized information about their own use and risk factors. The programs are continuously updated using the most current research.
Each individual program takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. The programs are self-guided and require no face-to-face time with a counselor or administrator, although the program is often used within the BASICS meetings. The program is tailored to Washington University in St. Louis students and can be accessed at any time. Click here to take the self-assessment.
The Washington University Prescription Drug Return box is located in WUPD. Staff, faculty, and students can safely dispose of unused and/or expired medications in a secured and monitored box attached to the wall.
- Prescription Medications (including controlled substances)
- All over-the-counter medications
- Pet Medications
- Vitamins and supplements
- Medicated ointments, lotions, creams and oils
- Liquid medications in leak-proof containers
- Homeopathic and herbal remedies
Items Not Accepted:
- Illegal drugs
- Syringes with needles
- IV Bags and Tubing
- Bloody and infectious waste
- Personal care products
- Empty containers
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Aerosol cans and containers