Employee Services

Academic & Staff Assistance Program

Some concerns are hard to leave at home.
Some concerns are hard to leave at work

From time to time your domestic, financial, or other personal problems may adversely affect your work, perhaps decreasing your productivity, jeopardizing your health, or hindering your relations with others. Leaving work at work is not always easy either. Work problems, whether conflicts with co-workers or supervisors or pressures and deadlines, if left unaddressed can affect your home life and personal relationships. The Academic and Staff Assistance Program provides an opportunity for you to resolve personal or professional problems through confidential counseling.

We offer counseling in person or by telephone.

If you need assistance with a personal or professional problem, call or visit our office. We will offer a referral or arrange an appointment with John Berberet, M.A., MFT, who is a licensed professional counselor.  ASAP is a free service.

Contact and location information

Phone:  (805) 893-3318
Hours:   8 a.m.-12 p.m.; 1-5 p.m.
Location:   Student Affairs and Administrative Services Building (SAASB 3101), Third floor, North Wing

Intake Forms
Complete these forms prior to your first visit.

ASAP Intake Forms

Our services exist for you. Please use them if you need assistance in areas such as:

  • Stress/anxiety/tension
  • Relaxation
  • Marriage/relationship
  • Family
  • Emotional
  • Health
  • Alcohol and drug problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Financial problems
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Communication
  • Work
  • Parenting

We can refer you to a skilled professional.

We will help you locate the resources most appropriate for your needs.  We can help you meet an appropriate professional on campus or in the community with whom you can work confidentially and comfortably.

We offer consultation services for workplace problems.

ASAP also provides individual consultation to assist in resolving workplace problems. Services are available to staff, supervisors, managers, administrators and faculty to help assess the nature of the problem or conflict. Supervisors may also use the Academic and Staff Assistance Program as a resource for helping employees whose work performance or morale seems to be declining.

A number of interventions aimed at improving workplace performance can be provided. These might include:

  • Skill development workshops
  • Communication skills development
  • Supervisor/manager coaching
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Departmental retreats
  • Career Self-Management
  • AIDS/HIV education


Your privacy is protected. The Academic and Staff Assistance Program keeps a confidential record of your appointment(s) that is separate from all other UCSB records, including departmental and personnel files.

Information you provide us is strictly confidential and will not be shared without your written permission. Exceptions to confidentiality may be required by law. These legal limits will be discussed during your first meeting. In these and other ways, your professional and personal integrity are preserved throughout your contacts with ASAP.

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