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 SUTR 150P next to the HUB. 

Safe Cats Class

Safe Cats Class LogoSafe Cats Class (SCC) is a collaboration with University Housing and is designed for first time, low level alcohol and drug policy violations. Safe Cats Class is an interactive workshop that covers nicotine and vaping, alcohol and marijuana.

Safe Cats Class is provided only to students referred from University Housing and is offered weekly during the fall and spring semesters. 

Fall 2021 AlcoholEdu for Sanctions will be used in place of Safe Cats Class. Safe Cats Class will return in Fall 2022.

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.


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

Students Seeking Support

Students Seeking Support is an open, confidential, non-judgmental support forum for standards to explore topics related to substance misuse and recovery. This group does not focus on recovery, and can be a good starting point for anybody who might be struggling with substance use.

These meetings will take place every Wednesday of the semester starting February 9th from 5:00-6:00 PM in Sutter 277p (above the HUB). Led by team member, Taryn Burns.

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®. 

These meetings will take place every Tuesday of the semester starting February 8th from 5:00-6:00 PM in Sutter 277p (above the HUB). Led by team memeber, Taryn Burns.