Addiction Severity Index (ASI) Training - Memphis

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Crestwyn Behavioral Health

9485 Crestwyn Hills Cove

Memphis, TN 38125

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Addiction Severity Index

Presented by: Thomas Coyne, Ed.D,LCSW

Course Description:

The Addiction Severity Index (ASI) is a standardized, semi-structured, multi­focused 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.

While this one day workshop 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 the DSM-V, and the "NEW" ASAM Criteria.

To develop and/or enhance the knowledge and skills required to correctly
administer the Addiction Severity Index (ASI).


  • Identify the rationale and benefits of using the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), a standardized screening and assessment instrument.
  • Identify the clinical utility of the information collected using the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) e.g., informing and influencing decisions made using the ASAM Criteria.
  • Identify the purpose of at least 3 sections of the ASL
  • Identify the clinical significance of at least 3 sections of the ASL
  • Identify the purpose and clinical significance of introducing the ASI interview and each of the seven sections to the client.
  • Identify at least two ways in which to re-phrase items in the ASL
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the purpose and coding conventions of ASI items by correctly coding client's responses to at least 5 items in three sections of the ASI.
  • Identify the recommended probes suggested for at least 3 items in three of the seven sections of the ASL
  • Identify the process for utilizing the Interviewer Severity Rating (ISR)

About the Presenter:

Thomas H. Coyne, Ed.D., LCSW, is a nationally recognized clinical adult educator, who has provided training and technical assistance regarding the assessment and treatment of substance abuse, and the evaluation and monitoring of treatment outcomes. He has provided training in over 40 states, and has worked with several on the development and implementation of a web based assessment, outcomes monitoring and clinical decision support system. He received his doctorate from Columbia University, studying the "Learning Transfer Systems" of Community Based Organizations, and the role this system plays in Technology Transfer and Workforce Development.

While he is most notably recognized for his work regarding the clinical, program evaluation and research uses of standardized assessment tools such as the Addiction Severity Index. He has extensive experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of training / learning, technical assistance and technology transfer nationally on a variety of topic areas and projects in the substance abuse field including all though not limited to utilizing Uniform Patient Placement Criteria, (i.e. ASAM), Relapse Prevention, and HIV/AIDS. His training and technical assistance expertise's have been applied to contracts and grants held with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), National Center on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (CASA), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Office of National Drug Control and Policy and the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Drug Court Institute.

He can be reached at Email: TCoyne@ASITraining.com, or visit his website at

Training FAQ:

Q - How do I get my certificate?
A - ONLY names entered into eventbrite will have a certificate ready upon completion.

Q - How many Contact Hours will I get?
A - 6 contact hours

Q - Who has approved this training?
A - NAADAC and TDMHSAS. Not approved for CPRS

Q - Is lunch Provided?
A - Yes, it's included in the price of the training

Q - What should I bring?
A - Bring identification, and a jacket

Q - Are there handouts available?
A - Yes, please download them here

Q - Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
A - It is helpful for check-in, but we can check you in without it.

NAADAC Accreditation:

This course has been approved by TAADAS, as a NAADAC approved Education Provider, for educational credits.

NAADAC Counselor Skill Groups Trageted:

Clinical Intake and Screening, Clinical Assessment, Treatment Plan, Documentation, Discharge and Continuing Care

NAADAC Provider #91749,TAADAS, is responsible for all aspects of their programming.


Refunds will be issued through Eventbrite to anyone requesting a refund prior to the training. Anyone requesting a refund after the training will be issued a credit to be used for another training.

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