Academic & Staff Assistance Program (ASAP)

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

UCSB is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our UCSB and Santa Barbara communities. We are taking informed action to limit the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring the continuity of our services. ASAP will remain operational with the following measures to protect the health of the community:

Appointments will remain and continue to be scheduled.

In-person appointments will be changed to either a remote session using Zoom or a secure phone session, starting on Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. A private zoom link will be included in your google calendar invite.  If you are able to, please communicate with ASAP when you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment.

The UCSB Academic & Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) supports the health and well-being of faculty, staff, and family members. We assist with identifying, managing, and resolving work-related and personal concerns that may affect job performance and relationships. We offer confidential short-term counseling, consultation, wellness workshops, and assistance with threat management.

ASAP Contact Information

ASAP is located in the Human Resources Office

3rd floor of the Student Affairs & Administrative Services Building (SAASB).

We are located in the same building as the campus Visitor's Center.

Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

We can be reached at 805.893.3318 or submit the Contact Us form.

*At times you may receive the voicemail, we will return your call as soon as possible.

In emergency situations, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Behavioral Health & Wellness Services

Psychological wellness education is designed to promote workplace well-being for work groups, teams, and departments. Workshops and ASAP facilitated meetings can include development of both skills and processes.


Consultation is typically with a manager, supervisor, dean or faculty member about a work-related concern such as a specific employee or department-level matter. Consultations can be provided on the phone and/or in person.


Counseling is available for academic personnel, faculty or staff members with a personal and/or work-related concern, and is provided on a short-term basis. An Intake session is approximately 45 minutes, and may include treatment recommendations, resources, and referrals.

ASAP crisis intervention and counseling services are available for employees and their families who are impacted by the tragic dive boat accident this weekend.  Please call (805) 893-3318 or to schedule an appointment.

Common concerns we address in counseling are related to drugs and alcohol, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, couples/family problems, stress, anger management, thoughts of self harm/suicide/harm to others, and a wide variety of work-related difficulties.

Threat Assessment & Management

Violence prevention and mitigation services include coordinating resources and assisting individuals, supervisors, and administrators with responses that reduce risk, prevent violence, resolve conflict, and reduce the occurrence of disruptive conduct.

UCSB Threat Management Team

Trauma Related Resources


Critical Incident Debriefing Sheet

Commuinity Wellness Team

How to Help Someone Who is Grieving

Resources from the Center for Disease Control 

System Wide Well Being Initiative

Trauma & Anxiety Support Group, Cottage Hospital

Grief, Bereavement, and Coping With Loss

Grief: Coping With the Loss of Your Loved One

Hospice of Santa Barbara, inc.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care

Supporting a Grieving Person

Afliccion y Perdida

Resources from the American Psychological Association (APA)

Recovering emotionally after a residential fire
Tips for managing your distress related to wildfires
Recovering emotionally from disaster
Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting
Building resilience to manage indirect exposure to terror
Tornadoes, hurricanes and children
The Road to Resilience
Managing traumatic stress: After the hurricanes
Managing traumatic stress: Dealing with hurricanes from afar
Managing distress about earthquakes from afar
In the aftermath of a shooting: Help your children manage distress
Helping children after a natural disaster 
Helping children after a natural disaster (spanish)


Confidentiality is assured. Your need for privacy is respected. Your information is not released for departmental, central or personnel files, and no information about your participation is released to anyone without your written consent, except when legally mandated.

We look forward to working with you!