WellCat Prevention


WellCat Prevention is committed to providing educational programs and services to the students, staff, and faculty of CSU Chico. WellCat Prevention utilizes a harm reduction approach, meaning we take a supportive, non-judgmental and open minded approach to providing support.

If you are interested in scheduling a meeting to find out more, would like to request one of our services, or if you are looking to complete a sanction, please send us an email at prevention@csuchico.edu. You can also reach us at 530-898-6450, or stop by in our office located in ESTM 150P next to the HUB. 

Meet with a Peer Educator

WellCat Prevention Peer Educators are highly trained students who are available to give peer-to-peer support. Peer Educators are trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI), a counseling approach that helps students explore their attitudes towards alcohol and drug use and aims to help students find their own motivation to practice healthy behaviors.  Peer Educators have the advantage of not only being very well trained in these topics, but also being able to relate to the student experience on a personal level.

Meet with a Professional

For students struggling with alcohol or drug use, individual assessment by a professional staff member can help.  WellCat Prevention staff can help students assess and understand more about their substance use or habits, establish and maintain goals for change, connect students with resources in the community or on campus, or refer students to treatment if needed.

Making Healthy Choices about Alcohol/Cannabis

Two separate services, Making Healthy Choices about Alcohol and Making Healthy Choices about Cannabis follow a harm reduction approach. These services are designed to help students make decisions around alcohol and cannabis use based on their own values to minimize the harmful effects in their life.

Delivered using Motivational Interviewing techniques, these services offers students an empathetic, non-confrontational, and non-judgmental alcohol/cannabis screening. Both services are composed of two 1-hour semi-structured meetings with a brief online assessment survey taken by the student after the first session.

Smoking Cessation

Looking to stop vaping or smoking? We can help! Call our office to set up a meeting or learn more.


Groups are open to drop-ins, and students, faculty and staff are all welcome to attend.  No registration is required.

SMART Recovery®

Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating). Participants find and develop the power within themselves to change and lead fulfilling and balanced lives guided by SMART Recovery’s science-based and sensible 4-Point Program®. 

Meeting dates and times will be announced soon.