ASI

The Addiction Severity Index – ASI

The Addiction Severity Index (ASI) is a standardized, semi-structured, multi-dimensional screening and assessment instrument used to establish the nature and severity of possible 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. It is one of the most widely used assessment tools in the world.

Many states require or mandate training on the instrument to become “an approved or certified user”, however, few monitor or measure the effectiveness of the training, or the trainees performance upon returning to the workplace. This lack of accountability has lead to the creation of a workforce that is unaware as to whether they are using the tool correctly or not. 

While many interviewers are skilled at asking the questions in the ASI, they are not as skilled or knowledgeable regarding the clinical significance and interpretation of the answers to those questions. Completion of the workshop will provide participants with the knowledge, skills and support materials required to administer and use the ASI more effectively in their clinical settings, and to better understand the relationship and functionality of data collected with the ASI to making substance use disorder diagnosis or diagnostic impressions using the DSM-5, level of care recommendations using the ASAM Criteria, assessing criminogenic risk, screening for trauma and treatment planning.

Understanding the relationship and functionality of the information collected using the ASI to these clinical tasks is important, however, more often than not it is a missing component of standard two day ASI training workshops. Teaching clinicians and counselors how to administer the ASI, without teaching them the clinical significance of the information collected, results in a workforce focused on filling in boxes and completing mandated paper work that has little to no value to them.

A Two Day Blended Learning Workshop

This blended learning workshop i.e., the use of the ASI e-Course both before and after the onsite ASI training workshop  provides participants with continued access to content, support materials, quizzes, learning measures and performance feedback. These features along with the evidence based adult learning practices incorporated into the onsite and online courses increases learning and supports the successful transfer and maintenance of learning in the workplace. 

Contrary to most workshops, upon completion of the blended learning process participants know whether they are using the tool correctly or not, and know what areas need continued focus in order to correctly administer the ASI instrument, and better utilize the information collected clinically to inform diagnosis and diagnostic impressions using the DSM-5, level of care recommendations using the ASAM Criteria, criminogenic risk assessments and treatment planning.

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If you are not sure if you, or your staff need training, re-training or a booster, contact us and we can discuss having them evaluated. 

Blended Learning & Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)

  • Participants who complete the onsite ASI workshop will receive 13 CEU’s.
  • Participants who successfully complete all of the requirements of the online ASI e-course within 30 days of the end of the ASI onsite workshop will earn up to and additional 20 CEU’s. 
  • Successful completion of the ASI e-course includes; completion within 30 days of completing the ASI onsite workshop, the pre and post course learning measures, the ASI Knowledge and Skill Self Assessment (KSSA), the Learning Contract and all online ASI e-Course modules.