Substance Use Assessment

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering remote individual and group teletherapy to students residing within California via a confidential platform. (State regulations prevent provision of therapy across state lines.) 

Students who are mandated to receive a clinical assessment for concerns with alcohol or another drug at CAPS are usually required to attend three sessions (an assessment session with a CAPS counselor and two additional sessions to be determined by the student and counselor, which may entail further CAPS sessions, 12-step meetings, substance use educational sessions, etc.). Depending on a client’s presenting difficulties, a referral for additional therapy at CAPS or in the community may be recommended.

We encourage students who are mandated for a substance assessment to schedule their initial appointment early rather than wait until their deadline for completion. Due to heavy demand at CAPS, mandated students have the lowest priority for CAPS appointments when there is a waiting list for services. We are happy to furnish mandated students with appropriate referrals to providers off campus if needed.

Self-Assessment Tools

Alcohol eCHECKUP and Marijuana eCHECKUP are self-assessment tools that provide you with accurate and personalized feedback about:

  • Your individual drinking patterns/marijuana use
  • Your risk patterns
  • Your aspirations and goals
  • Helpful resources at USF and in the community