Substance Awareness Counseling

Sr. Deborah Lynch, O.P., M.S.
Counselor/Substance Awareness

Paulette Banko
Administrative Assistant


Campus Concern : 9736183333

If you are concerned about a campus safety matter, someone’s emotional health, or a friend’s alcohol or drug use, dial ext. 
3333 to leave an anonymous message which will be directed to the appropriate voice box. Please note that this is not a crisis hotline.

Counseling Services offers counseling and educational services to individuals experiencing problems with alcohol or other drug use, or to anyone who is concerned about a friend or family member’s use. Programs assist students in making safe and informed choices concerning alcohol and other drug use.

 All services are FREE to Caldwell University Students.

 Confidentiality: All services are strictly confidential. (Confidentiality may not apply if a person presents an imminent danger to self or others.)

 Making an appointment: Simply call (973) 618-3307 or stop by and talk to Paulette about setting up an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome based on the counselor’s availability. You can also email to make an appointment.

 Location: The office is located in the Counseling Services Office on the 2nd floor of the Newman Center.


The following resources, phone numbers and websites contain information and education on important alcohol and drug-related issues. Please browse through these sites to obtain information and insight. While these resources are a helpful aid for those individuals who may be struggling with substance use problems, they are not a substitute for professional treatment.

Campus Drug-Free Guidelines


 Your College Experience
Links to “Facts On Tap” a site about college students and alcohol.

 Alcohol/Drug Policy
Outlines Caldwell University’s campus policy.

 Parent Project
Links to The Century Council’s “How to talk to your child about drinking in college.“

 Legal Consequences of Substance Abuse
Sponsored by the NJ Bar Association.

 New Jersey Alcoholics Anonymous

Web Page for ALANON and ALAteen.

Narcotics Anonymous in NJ

 National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)

Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services.

 Alcohol and Other Drug News

Sponsored by the Higher Education Center, this site deals with challenges college students face relating to drugs, alcohol & violence.


 Rethinking Drinking

 Boston University’s self-administered site “How Much is Too Much

 Facts on Tap

 What’s your Blood Alcohol Level when you Drink? (The Virtual Bar)

 The Drink Wheel: On-line BRAC calculator

(Disclaimer: The results that are generated from the “drink wheel” or “virtual bar” are rough estimates of an average healthy person’s BAC assuming typical beverages sized, recipes and alcohol content. The BAC estimates generated by the “Drink Wheel” or “Virtual Bar” should not be used in infer anyone’s fitness to work, drive or perform any other task or duty)

 Alcohol and Mental Health Screening


 Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Prevention

 National Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Prevention

 National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence


 Drugs and its effect on the body

 National Institute on Drug Use


 Thinking about Quitting? or (UMDNJ website)


The Counseling Center’s Self-Help Library contains a wide selection of books, audiotapes, videos, and pamphlets on a variety of mental health topics including, anxiety and stress management, sexual abuse, relationships, grief, eating concerns, personal growth, and other important issues. These materials are available to assist students in solving specific problems as well as to promote personal growth and development. Students can borrow these materials free of charge.

  • Online Self Help Resources
  • Audio/Video Self Help Resources
  • Self Help Books Available in the Counseling Center Library


If you are questioning whether a student might be a good candidate for receiving counseling, or if you need further information on making a counseling referral, please take a look at The Counseling Center Referral Guide for Faculty and Staff.


Confidentiality and trust are essential to the counseling process. Consequently, information shared during counseling and the identity of counseling clients will not be disclosed to anyone without the student’s express (usually written) consent.

Conditions requiring exceptions to confidentiality occur very infrequently, and they are discussed with prospective clients prior to beginning counseling.


The Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the Newman Center. We are open from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. Students can arrange for an appointment by stopping by the Center or by calling the main number, 973-618-3307. Appointments can also be made online by clicking here.

NOTE: If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or any other mental health crisis, please contact the Counseling Center’s main number (973-618-3307) IMMEDIATELY and indicate you are dealing with an URGENT situation. You can also schedule an URGENT appointment in person by visiting the Counseling Center on the 2nd floor of the Newman Center. If you are experiencing an emergency after hours, please contact 911.