Most researched and most widely used psychosocial format for assessing substance abuse problems. Appropriate course selection for those seeking to meet addiction certification education requirements.

Note to US DOT SAPs: This course is not applicable to US DOT SAP qualification or renewal

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE

Revised 2024

Description:  Probably the most widely used psychosocial designed specifically for substance abuse populations this Addiction Severity Index study is intended to familiarize participants with the eight sections of this clinically useful and research-friendly assessment tool.  The critical role of the interviewer in the subsequent valid administration of the A.S.I. will be presented as well as the informational intent of the items in the Index.  Instruction on the computation of the severity indices and then applying them to the treatment planning process will be presented. This tool is compatible with research on evidence-based outcomes.

1. Participants will be able to articulate the strengths of the Addiction Severity Index
2. Participants will be able to articulate the limitations of the Addiction Severity Index
3. Participants will be able to discuss the difference between a psychosocial assessment tool and inferential testing.
4. Participants will be able to discuss the operational definition of SEVERITY used in the Addiction Severity Index.
5. Participants will be able to identify the role of repeating, paraphrasing and probing in producing interview integrity.
6. Participants will be able to administer the addiction severity index interview
7. Participants will be able to score addiction severity across seven clinical areas.
8. Participants will be able discriminate item intent across the seven clinical areas.
CE Credits:  10 (NBCC Hours - 10)
Hour One: Overview history of the index, Strengths, and limitations of the A.S.I.
Hour Two - Three: Rating scales and protocols: Patient Rating Scale, Interviewer Rating Scale, and severity indices scoring procedure
Hour Four - Five: In-depth: Demographic, Medical Sections, Item Intent
Hour Six - Seven: In-depth: Legal, Employment/Support Sections, Item Intent
Hour Eight - Nine: In-depth: Drug/Alcohol, Family/Social Sections, Item Intent
Hour Ten: Psychiatric Section, Item Intent,  Overall findings.

CE Broker #:  20-382453

Methods: Pre-test, study guide, posttest and evaluation, internet sources via URLs, Q&A by email.

Content Areas: Addictions, Substance Abuse Professional (U.S.DOT), Applications to practice, Clinical evaluation and assessment.

Purpose:  Learners completing A.S.I. training will be able to conduct the psychosocial interview and understand item intent across all eight sections of the instrument.

Target Audience: Social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals.

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CE Credits:
10 (NBCC Hours - 10)

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