Educational Consultations & Early Intervention

Students who would like to meet with one of our staff members to discuss strategies to stay safe in an environment where alcohol or other drugs are present can call to schedule a free consultation.

The Fontaine Center Early Intervention and Education Program (EIEP) offers multiple levels of support to meet the needs of students referred for violations of the UGA alcohol and other drug policy.

Our programs work to reduce harmful consequences of alcohol and other drug use in order to support students in achieving their personal and academic potential. By scheduling an educational consultation or participating in one of the Early Intervention and Education Programs, participants will increase their knowledge regarding alcohol and/or drugs. Students will be given the opportunity to:

  • reflect on their current choices
  • set goals for the future
  • develop strategies for making lower-risk choices

To access these services, call the Fontaine Center which is located in the Health Promotion Department at the University Health Center, 706-542-8690.

Missed Appointments

Appointments are required. If necessary, cancel or reschedule your appointment by 5:00pm on the business day before the scheduled appointment to prevent a $30 charge.


BASICS

What is BASICS?

BASICS is a preventive alcohol abuse intervention program offered to UGA students. BASICS is the abbreviated term for Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students, and is an evidence based intervention.

BASICS is designed to help students make better alcohol and other drug-use decisions and to reduce their risks for substance abuse related harm. The program consists of two non-confrontational, nonjudgmental sessions with a Health Promotion Department AOD Coordinator.

Who can participate in BASICS?

Any student who is concerned about their alcohol or other drug use can choose to attend BASICS. Some students are required to complete BASICS if they are found to have violated UGA alcohol and other drug policy or are court appointed to do so.

What BASICS is NOT:

An alcohol education course:
BASICS uses motivational interviewing techniques to meet students where they are and provide them with risk reduction strategies and resources. BASICS provides students with personalized feedback about their substance use and encourages opportunities for self-improvement and safer choices in the future.

A clinical assessment or counseling session:
The AOD Coordinators that facilitate the BASICS program are not clinical providers. They are masters level (or higher) professionals, trained to use motivational interviewing techniques to encourage positive change in student behavior. They are also trained to recognize students who may have more serious substance use and/or dependence issues and to refer them to other services.

How long is the BASICS program?

During the first session you will meet with an AOD Coordinator, complete a brief intake packet of information, and several different measures relating to different dimensions of the student’s life.

Session two provides personalized feedback based on assessments and information provided by the student and focuses on ways the student might reduce future health, social and legal risks. Together, the student and the AOD Coordinator will review and finalize the goals that the student has developed and create recommendations based on their discussion.

Each BASICS session is approximately 60 minutes in length.

To schedule BASICS:

1. Call the Health Promotion Department and Fontaine Center (HP/FC) and ask to be scheduled for a BASICS Initial Session and Assessment appointment: 706-542-8690.

2. Based on your appointment date, you will go to the University Health Center Registration desk (1st floor) 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to verify and/or update demographic and insurance information.

3. After visiting Registration, you will proceed to the Health Promotion Department at the UHC (1st floor) to check in and complete the following documentation: HP/FC Services Consent Form.

4. After completing the Consent Form, you will meet with an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Coordinator for approximately 1 hour. This will be the first of three sessions that you will schedule with the AOD Professional.

5. During the first session you will receive a homework assignment due by session two. If you do not complete the assignment, you will be charged a no-show fee and will be asked to reschedule the session. This will delay your completion of BASICS.

6. It is important to be on time for your scheduled appointment. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will be asked to reschedule your appointment and will be charged a no-show fee.

7. If you are unable to attend your session at the scheduled time, please notify us by closing time (5:00 pm) of the day prior to your appointment. A cancellation message can be left before 5:00 pm Sunday for a Monday appointment by calling: 706-542-8690. If you cancel after this time or fail to keep the appointment, a late cancellation charge will be assessed.

Appointments at the HP/FC will book quickly, so please do not delay in setting up your initial BASICS appointment.

Is there a fee for BASICS?

That depends on why you are coming to see us. If you are coming in on your own or you are referred by a medical or mental health provider, there are no fees charged. Students who are required to complete BASICS as part of a student conduct sanction or who are referred by the courts will be charged a fee of $200. Programs provided by The Fontaine Center will not be billed to your insurance. Please contact our office with questions: 706-542-8690.


DAWGS

What is DAWGS?

Drugs and Alcohol With Good Sense (DAWGS) is a small group program based on harm reduction and motivational interviewing models. It encourages group interaction, discussion and critical thinking. Participants engage in multiple activities covering relevant topics including: values clarification, alcohol and other drug education, group dynamics, stress, risk management, Stages of Change, and possible Triggers for substance use. After completion of the program participants meet one on one with an AOD Coordinator to develop an individual plan of action to support their plan for success at UGA.

Who can participate in DAWGS?

At this time, it is limited to students who are required to complete an alcohol and other drug program.

How long is DAWGS?

Each student will meet for an individual AOD assessment and then will complete the group sessions. The group meets four times over the course of 3-4 weeks for two hours each session. After completing the group sessions, a follow-up session with an AOD Coordinator will occur to review the experience of the student within the group.

What DAWGS is NOT:

Group Therapy:
The group is based on Harm Reduction strategies, group motivational interviewing, and encourages discussion and critical thinking skills by students and facilitators.

To schedule DAWGS:

You and your AOD Coordinator will schedule your participation in the group during your initial AOD assessment session. The next step for you is to attend when you are scheduled.

Is there a fee for DAWGS?

Yes, there is a fee for students that are required to attend. The fee is $225. Programs provided by The Fontaine Center will not be billed to your insurance. Please contact our office with questions: 706-542-8690.