About Social Services

Social Services provides confidential services and counseling to help students with managing problems that can emerge from illness such as financial, academic, legal, family concerns, and more. In addition, Social Services specializes in helping students with the following:

  • eating disorders
  • pregnancy resources and referrals
  • alcohol/drugs - problems related to one's own or a family member's use
  • sexual assault/rape
  • relationship or other violence
  • support for health concerns-new diagnoses or ongoing conditions


Request What to Do
About Social Services See What You Can Expect from Social Services
Academic Adjustments When an illness or condition significantly interferes with a student’s ability to carry a full academic load, Social Services provides supporting documentation for an academic adjustment. See Academic Adjustments Related to Medical Conditions.
Appointments Please call 642-6074 or stop by 2280 Tang to make an appointment with a counselor for help with managing problems related to illness, pregnancy, substance abuse, relationship violence or sexual assault.
Eligibility Registered Berkeley students are eligible to use Social Services. You do not have to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan to use these services.
Emergencies In the case of emergencies at night or on weekends, students can call After Hours Assistance at 643-7197 for referral information. Also see Emergency and Crisis.
Fees See Counseling Fees.
Groups and Self Help The following groups are offered regularly. See Groups and Workshops for the current calendar. Call 642-6074 to enroll or for more information.
  • Alcohol & Drug Early Intervention ($50 per semester)
  • Substance Use Harm Reduction group ($50/semester)
  • Sexual Assault Survivors
  • Mindful Eating

Also see: Community Self-Help Groups (AA, etc.) (PDF)

Hours, Location, Contact Info Hours: see Tang Center Hours.
Location: 2nd Floor, Tang Center, Room 2280.
Phone: (510)642-6074.
Mandated Alcohol & Other Drugs Workshop Have you been referred to a workshop on alcohol & other drugs? Workshops are offered approximately every two weeks during the academic year, alternately on a Monday or Thursday from 4 to 6 pm.

Sign–up Instructions:
Before you call or come in to sign up, we will need the paperwork from the person who referred you to this workshop. This can be faxed to (510) 643-0211 or emailed to:

Please call (510) 642-6074 or come to Social Services, Room 2280 at the Tang Center, to schedule your workshop. 

In order to register for your workshop, we must have received a copy of this Cover Sheet and your decision letter, either from your referring office, or from you.  

At the time of scheduling your workshop, you will be charged a $30 administrative fee for mandated services.

If you have previously been referred to a Social Services AOD workshop or individual assessment, you will be scheduled for an assessment appointment instead.  

QMoC Queer Men of Color (QMoC) is a group for students who identify as queer, gay, bi or trans men of color. QMoC is a space to unwind, share our stories, build relationships, find support and be empowered in all of our identities! For more information, or if you are interested in joining QMoC, please contact Tobirus Newby, MSW, by phone at 510-643-0283 or by email at Click here for a PDF flyer.
Staff See Counseling Services Staff to learn more about Social Services staff.
What You Can Expect from Social Services The Social Services staff will assess a student’s immediate needs, whether they are medical, academic, legal, emotional, financial, or family-related. The staff then works with the student to develop a plan to meet those needs.

To insure a coordinated approach to a student’s overall care, Social Services staff facilitate arrangements with academic departments and advocate for the student with other campus offices and community agencies. Within UHS, the staff coordinate with other services to provide continuity of care with respect to insurance, medical, psychological and prevention services.

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