Skill-building Training

This two-day, application-focused training provides an in-depth look at the ASAM Criteria, including clinically driven services, biopsychosocial assessment, the six dimensions, continued stay and transfer/discharge criteria. Incorporating The ASAM Criteria (3rd edition), trainees practice skills at all service stages: assessment, engagement, service planning, continuing care and transfer/discharge.

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One-day Overview of The ASAM Criteria

This one-day training is designed to provide a broad overview of the Criteria. The training covers the historical foundations of the Criteria, guiding principles, six dimensions, levels of service, continued stay, transfer and discharge. All attendees receive a customized Training Journal as part of the training.

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Individualized Service Plans Using Motivational Interviewing and The ASAM Criteria

This application-focused workshop offers a practical approach to the ASAM Criteria and how it supports and drives individualized service planning. Learners review the relationship between the treatment plan and the use of The ASAM Criteria’s admission, continued stay, transfer and discharge criteria. In addition, learners practice writing measurable, individualized treatment plans based on individualized client needs and dimensional analysis. Learners will describe how and why people change, and explore ways in which a client’s stage of change impacts and drives a service plan. Learners develop and practice core motivational interviewing skills to enhance conversations about individualized needs and increase client readiness for and engagement in treatment.

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The ASAM Criteria Implementation Leader Training

This three day training is an evolution of a Training for Trainers model. The training goes beyond the myopic and frequently ineffective belief that more trainers and training creates change. Although training and local expertise is an important component of implementation, it is commonly the only piece and becomes ineffective as a model for implementation and sustainability. The field often teaches and expects change without teaching and advising about what to install, how to measure it, how to build the implementation team and what to remove to make space for the new model. We overlook the fact that all programs are perfectly designed to do exactly what they are doing; we need to think more about installation. We essentially teach people how to play baseball and never consider if they have the equipment and a field to play on when they leave training!

This training emphasizes processes and models for assessing the field, the equipment and what needs to change to support the new model. Implementation Leaders are “foot soldiers” in the ASAM Criteria implementation process because of their clinical knowledge and leadership in their communities and programs. Implementation Leaders develop awareness about thoughtful planning, communication and appropriate system change strategies to drive implementation and sustainability, as well as coaching and supervising others on the Criteria. All attendees receive a Training Journal and The ASAM Criteria Implementation Leader Support Tool as part of the training.

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Coaching Calls

Trainees participate in scheduled calls to discuss challenges experienced while using the Criteria. Depending on trainee need, calls also explore opportunities and challenges involving systemic change in their organizations.

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