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American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 2017 Training - Nashville

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Goodwill Career Solutions Center

937 Herman Street

Nashville, TN 37208

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Presented by: Thomas Coyne, Ed.D, LCSW

Course Description:

The "New" ASAM Criteria vs. ASAM -PPC 2nd. Edition
The American Society of Addiction Medicines Criteria is a constantly evolving document/ criteria. The revised versions are designed to keep up with the latest changes in addiction medicine e.g., changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), and feedback from clinicians using the criteria in a variety of contexts, and with diverse populations.

The criteria was first released in 1991, revised in 1996, and again in 2001. During this time the criteria was referred to as the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria (ASAM-PPC). In October 2013 the new revised version of the ASAM­PPC was released. The new criteria incorporates new interventions and
approaches for dealing with withdrawal, changes to terminology that is more precise, and culturally sensitive, new content addressing specific populations, and new content areas i.e., tobacco, and gambling.

In addition to revising the content of the criteria, the authors have also reformatted the text, making it a lot easier for the user to navigate and understand content. Below, is a summary of the changes and revisions. The reader should keep in mind while these are important and welcomed changes, the core components i.e., Continuum of Care , ASAM's Six Dimensions, Dimension Assessment Considerations, and the process for utilizing the criteria have relatively remained unchanged.

Changes in the latest revised version of the ASAM Criteria:

  • Name Change
  • Formatting
  • New Sections, Content, & Additional Text
  • Terminology
  • Objectives

By the end of the training participants will be able to:

Understand the rationale and benefits of using uniform criteria i.e., American Society of Addiction Medicines Criteria to guide and inform decisions when determining levels of care and/or intervention and treatment plans.

Identify and understand the changes that have been made to the latest revised version of the ASAM Criteria as opposed to previous versions.

Identify and understand the key components of the ASAM Criteria such as:

  • Continuum of Care

  • ASAM's Six Dimensions

  • Dimension Assessment Considerations

  • Risk Ratings

Be able to describe the process for using the criteria and to identify the tasks necessary to do so correctly.

Understand the relationship and functionality of assessment tools i.e., ASI and ASAM criteria.

Understand the learning process and tasks that must be implemented in order to become more proficient and competent in utilizing the criteria correctly.

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:, 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, a jacket and a shawl

Q - Are there handouts available?
A - Yes, please go to to download the handouts. The online needs assessment and survey must be completed prior to participating in the training.

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, Counseling Services, Discharge and Continuing

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


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937 Herman Street

Nashville, TN 37208

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