Approved for up to 20 CEU's by NAADAC, the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
The ASI e-course provides states, counties, community based organizations and individuals access to "Proven and Effective" ASI training on demand. The course is an effective adult learning solution that leverages the advantages of web based training, while incorporating the content and methods of a successful onsite curriculum developed to teach participants how to correctly administer the Addiction Severity Index (ASI).Click here to Purchase the ASI e-Course
The course is designed to teach participants the purpose and intention of ASI items, recommended probes, additional questions, coding conventions, and the Interviewer Severity Rating (ISR)procedures. In addition, there is a significant focus on the Clinical Significance of the information collected using the ASI, and how that information informs a diagnosis or diagnostic impression using the DSM-5, and level of care recommendations utilizing the ASAM Criteria 3rd. Edition. The clinical emphasis is what distinguishes this curriculum from others, and what has made ASI onsite workshops and the ASI e-Course popular among counselors and clinicians.
The ASI e-Course is more comprehensive than standard one and two day onsite workshops. It provides users more details, content, practice opportunities, performance feedback, and support materials than is possible during standard one and two day workshops.
The ASI e-Course is effective in achieving intended learning outcomes, which includes supporting the transfer and maintenance of newly learned knowledge and skills back in the workplace. The average pre course learning measure score is 46/100, the average post course learning measure score is 85/100, and the average follow-up learning measure score is 91/100.
The ASI e-Course is standardized, evidence based, easily accessible, cost effective and designed to increase learning, and support the transfer of learning back to the workplace. The design and functionality of the course enables learners to create a self-directed and self-paced learning experience that best meets their individual learning style, and needs in a way that traditional one and two day on-site workshops does not.
The course incorporates evidence-based adult learning principles, practices and interventions proven to increase learning and support the transfer of learning back to the workplace.
Individuals and organizations can purchase either three or six month subscriptions, however, the course is expected to be completed within the first 30 days of the subscription.
Blended Learning approaches are available; 1.) utilizes the ASI e-Course in combination with Video Teleconferencing, and 2.) utilizes the ASI e-Course in combination with workshops delivered onsite. Contact us to discuss the course, the blended learning approaches, or your organizations learning needs and we'll design a learning solution that best meets your needs.
As of this time, the ASI & ASAM e-Course have been used by individuals and organizations in three countries, and 14 states within the U.S.. The types of organizations using the course include Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Providers, Substance Abuse Research Organizations, Drug Courts, Probation, Parole and Single State Behavioral Health Agencies.
The ASAM & ASI e-Courses and workshops are designed and delivered by Thomas H. Coyne, Ed.D., LCSW, a nationally recognized adult educator providing evidenced based learning solutions regarding the assessment and treatment of persons with substance use and mental health disorders. He is one of the most experienced and effective trainers in the country regarding the correct use of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), and the American Society of Addiction Medicines Criteria.
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Goals & Objectives
The Addiction Severity Index (ASI) is a standardized, semi-structured, multi-focused screening and assessment instrument used to establish the nature and severity of any Medical, Employment, Drug, Alcohol, Legal, Family, Social, and/or Psychiatric Problems a person may present with. The information collected using the ASI has clinical, program evaluation and research utility.
Individuals receiving proven and effective training on the correct use of the ASI generally become very knowledgeable regarding the intended purpose of items/questions that make up the ASI 5th Edition, and overtime become very skilled at eliciting client's responses to those questions. However, many of those same individuals are not as knowledgeable regarding the clinical significance or interpretation of the answers elicited to those questions. Therefore, while the course is primarily designed to achieve the documented goal of developing and/or enhancing the knowledge and skills required to correctly administer the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), it also discusses the clinical significance of the ASI items, and introduces the participant to the relationship and functionality of the information collected to common clinical tasks such as making; a diagnosis/diagnostic impression using the DSM-V, a level of care recommendation using the ASAM Criteria, and developing treatment plans.
To develop and/or enhance the knowledge and skills required to correctly administer the Addiction Severity Index (ASI).
Individual Outcomes / Objectives:
Participants will learn:
- The purpose and clinical significance of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI).
- The purpose and clinical significance of each of the seven sections of the ASI.
- How to introduce the ASI interview and each of the seven sections to the client.
- The purpose and clinical significance of the items in each section of the ASI.
- How to phrase each question in the most efficient way while remaining flexible enough to adapt the instrument to make it more gender, cultural, and population sensitive.
- The recommended probes and additional questions to augment the items in the ASI, and the information provided by the client.
- The coding conventions to corrrectly code the client's responses to each item in the section.
- The common errors made when interviewing and/ or coding client responses.
- The recommended items and other information used to verfiy self report through the use of cross checking.
- To utilize the interviewer severity rating procedure.
- The relationship and functionality of the ASI to;
- The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Criteria for Substance Use Disorders.
- ASAM's Six Dimensions
- Criminogenic Risk
- Treatment Planning
Professional and Career Relevancy
Learning how to administer and use the ASI correctly is a very marketable skill that should be included on all participants’ resumes. The ASI is currently in use in approximately 35 states, countless more counties, cities and regions. The interviewing skills emphasized and learned during this course can be applied to many other instruments currently used in the Substance Abuse Treatment field. Whether one is actively administering the ASI, or is the recipient of the clinical information collected, this course will increase your understanding of the ASI, and the clinical significance of the information collected with it.
Treatment organizations employing skilled and competent ASI interviewers who consistently administer the ASI correctly, and understand the clinical significance of the information collected with it, may see:
- More comprehensive and accurate assessments.
- More informed patient placement decisions.
- More informed treatment planning.
- Increased treatment initiation, engagement and retention rates.
- Improved treatment outcomes.
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