The Division of Health Benefits NC Medicaid and the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS) are pleased to offer a variety of opportunities to participate in The ASAM Criteria Training.
This training project is a part of the 1115 Substance Use Disorder Demonstration Waiver implementation plan. The plan includes: 1) the use of The ASAM Criteria to determine the appropriate level of care required for beneficiaries and 2) ensuring direct enrolled professionals providing comprehensive clinical assessments (CCA), diagnostic assessments (DA) and other evaluations have the knowledge, skills and ability to make an ASAM level of care determination for beneficiaries with a substance use disorder diagnosis.
These training opportunities are exclusively for behavioral health clinicians in North Carolina (LP, LPA, LCSW, LCSW-A, LCMHC, LCMHC-A, LCAS, LCAS-A, CCS, LMFT, LMFT-A, PA, NP, MD) who are contracted with an LME/MCO or a Standard Plan to provide CCA, DA, and other evaluations.
Train for Change, Inc®, in collaboration with UNC School of Social Work- Behavioral Health Springboard (BHS) and Northwest AHEC, will facilitate this live online two-day, application-focused training that provides participants with an in-depth look at the theoretical foundations of the Criteria, including clinically driven services, biopsychosocial assessment, the six dimensions, continued stay and transfer/discharge criteria. Incorporating the use of the new edition of The ASAM Criteria, participants will have opportunities for skill practice at every stage of the treatment process: assessment, engagement, treatment planning, continuing care and transfer or discharge. As part of the training, all participants receive an in-depth Training Journal to guide the training experience and as a resource for continuing skill application.
$75 per person. Organizations purchasing multiple registrations can buy 3 and get a 4th free. Live training includes 13 contact hours, the time-limited use of an electronic version of The ASAM Criteria manual (3rd Edition) and an opportunity to obtain a FREE hard copy of The ASAM Criteria manual.
The ASAM Criteria eTraining
The Division of Health Benefits NC Medicaid and DMH/DD/SAS have partnered with The Change Companies ® for the purchase of extended-access licenses for practitioners to access three modules of eTraining covering The ASAM Criteria.$50 per person. Organizations purchasing multiple registrations can buy 3 and get a 4th free.
ASAM Module 1 - Multidimensional Assessment (5.0 CEUs)
This effective and accessible solution for training will help practitioners understand, assess and implement the six dimensions of the American Society of Addiction Medicine's The ASAM Criteria. Each section is devoted to a certain component of The ASAM Criteria, and information is reinforced through knowledge checks and a final exam that learners must pass in order to receive credit. Skills that reinforce the module's learning objectives are practiced and applied through interactive case studies and followed up with review from Chief Editor of The ASAM Criteria, Dr. David Mee-Lee.
ASAM Module 2 - From Assessment to Service Planning and Level of Care (5.0 CEUs)
Hosted by: Dr. David Mee-Lee, Chief Editor of The ASAM Criteria
This course helps practitioners understand how to work with a participant's assessment and service planning to identify the best level of care in which to provide his or her services. Skills that reinforce the module's learning objectives are practiced and applied through interactive case studies and Dr. Mee-Lee provides real-world application and description via brief video clips throughout the module.
ASAM Module 3 - Introduction to The ASAM Criteria (2.0 CEUs)
This effective and accessible solution for training will serve as a quick orientation and reference guide for the new edition of the American Society of Addiction Medicine's criteria for patient assessment, service planning and level of care placement. The ASAM Criteria (2013), now in its Third Edition, introduces new context and content key to the field of addiction treatment.
This two-day application-focused training provides participants with an in-depth look at the theoretical foundations of The ASAM Criteria, including clinically driven services, biopsychosocial assessment, the six dimensions, continued stay and transfer/discharge criteria. Incorporating the use of the new edition of The ASAM Criteria, participants will have opportunities for skill practice at every stage of the treatment process: assessment, engagement, treatment planning, continuing care and transfer or discharge. Special attention will be paid to the Opioid Treatment Services (OTS) chapter of The ASAM Criteria (2013) that includes Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP) and Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT); and the use of psychosocial treatments for clients receiving opioid use disorder treatment medication. As part of the training, all participants receive an in-depth Training Journal to guide the training experience and as a resource for continuing skill application.
This is an intermediate level course.
October 7 & 8, 2021
October 25 & 26, 2021
November 3 & 4, 2021
November 11 & 12, 2021
December 13 & 14, 2021
January 20 & 21, 2022
Virtual Location Zoom platform with hosting by https://bhs.unc.edu
Learning Objectives Participants completing this training will be able to:
Review paradigm shifts and evolutions in generations of care that led to The ASAM Criteria
Apply The ASAM Criteria’s decisional flow
Identify and describe the six ASAM criteria assessment dimensions
Rate risk and severity across all dimensions
Identify services and modalities needed, as well as treatment planning approaches
Identify appropriate patient levels of care
Review special populations and emerging research about addiction
Develop strategies to overcome real-world barriers to implementing The ASAM Criteria
Agenda - Two-Day ASAM Criteria Skill Building Training
1:00 – 3:00--------------------- Overview of the dimensions (Activity)
3:00 – 3:45--------------------- Dimensional and Diagnostic Admission Criteria (Activity)
3:45 – 4:00--------------------- Break
4:00 – 4:30--------------------- Levels of Care
Day 2 – 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.
8:30 – 9:00---------------------Follow-up and review of Day 1
9:00 – 9:30--------------------- Levels of Care (cont.)
9:30 – 9:45--------------------- Break
9:45 – 10:15------------------- Risk Ratings
10:15 – 12:00----------------- Case Study
12:00 – 1:00-------------------- Lunch
1:00 – 2:00--------------------- Case Study (cont.)
2:00 – 2:45--------------------- Continued Stay, Transfer and Discharge Criteria
2:45 – 3:00--------------------- Break
3:00 – 3:30--------------------- Special Populations
3:30 – 4:00--------------------- Roadblocks and Improvement Opportunities
4:00 – 4:30--------------------- Back at the Office Implementation Planning
Registration New training dates now open for fall 2021!
Registration fee$75 per person. Organizations purchasing multiple registrations can buy 3 and get a 4th free. Registration fee is specific to the dates selected and is not transferrable to a different date. Fee includes 13 contact hours, the time-limited use of an electronic version of The ASAM Criteria manual (3rd Edition) and an opportunity to obtain a FREE hard copy of The ASAM Criteria manual.
Refunds Upon request, a refund may be issued up to 7 days before the training.
Requests for Accommodations:
If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than ten business days before the program.
Contact for Questions: email@example.com (919) 843-6083
*Participants are not allowed to miss more than 30 minutes of the entire 2-day training. No partial credit will be given.
All participants completing the training will be issued a certificate of completion demonstrating 13 contact hours.
NBCC: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6642. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 13 contact hours
NCASPPB: This course has been submitted to the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board for up to 13 SS (EBT) contact hours. Approval #: 21-547-S
Registration Confirmation Notices and Certificates of Completion:
We will confirm your registration by email. You will receive a reminder email 1 day prior to the training date with the zoom link to use to attend. Please note this email will obtain other important information about the training as well. Please watch your inbox, and spam/junk folders.
You will receive access to The ASAM Criteria e-book for this training. An email from our partners The Change Companies will be sent to you 2 to 3 days prior to the training with information on accessing the material electronically. You will have access to the e-book for 15 days from when you receive the email. If you are having trouble accessing the material or don’t receive the e-book information at least 2 days before the training please contact Natalie Miller at 888-889-8866 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful completion includes being logged in and virtually participating for the entire two days. Within 7 days of the conclusion of the event, you will receive an email notifying you that the evaluations and certificates are ready. The email will include a link to https://bhs.unc.edu where you can login using the username and password you chose at registration. Once you have logged in, you will see the training titles listed under "My Courses" on the left side. After clicking on the link, you will be taken to another page where you can click the link to the event evaluation. Once you have completed and submitted your evaluation, you can click on the link to access the Certificate of Completion. Your Certificate will emailed to you as a PDF document.
Train for Change® Presenters for the Live Webinar Training Sessions
Scott Boyles is a licensed addiction counselor, MINT trainer and the Senior National Training Director for Train for Change Inc.® Mr. Boyles has spent more than three decades in the behavioral health field and has many years of experience working with the ASAM Criteria. Mr. Boyles is one of the original early adopters of the ASAM criteria, starting in 1991.Before becoming a full-time trainer, Mr. Boyles used the criteria professionally as a counselor and director. From 2007-2011, Mr. Boyles also served as a member of the ASAM Steering Committee for the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria. He also spent many years as a site reviewer, monitoring programs’ application of the criteria. Mr. Boyles’ experience at all levels of service and observation has enabled him to understand trainees’ needs in both education and application at different levels of the service system. Since 1993, he has trained more than 8,000 people in proper use of the criteria. Mr. Boyles has passion and expertise in system-change approaches to support effective implementation and use of the ASAM criteria. He is well-known for his information, engaging, and entertaining trainings, which include practical, real-world applications.
Glenn Duncan, MA
Glenn Duncan has been working in the behavioral healthcare field for 25 years. He has lectured nationally on many topics including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, clinical supervision, emerging drugs of abuse and the ASAM Criteria. Glenn is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol/Drug Counselor, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Glenn has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University. Since 2003, Glenn has served as the Executive Director at Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program, Inc. in Flemington, NJ. Since 1999, Glenn has also specialized in, and has developed a lecture series on clinical supervision. He is a leading lecturer for both addictions and mental health professionals and trains nationally on issues regarding clinical supervision. Glenn authored a chapter on the use of live supervision in a community treatment organization for the book entitled “The Use of Technology in Clinical Supervision and Training: Mental Health Applications,” published in 2016.
James Von Busch
James Von Busch has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho since 1993. He has worked in both the agency setting as well as private practice providing Mental Health Counseling and Substance Abuse Treatment. James served as Administrative Faculty for the University of Nevada, Reno as a Senior Certification Specialist and Trainer, providing analysis and technical assistance for clinicians and supervisors. He is an approved trainer for numerous NIDA/SAMHSA Blending Initiatives, utilizing his expertise to equip professionals in the areas of Medication Assisted Treatment, Motivational Enhancement Strategies, theory and strategies of systems change, individualized treatment planning as well as The ASAM Criteria.
Ms. Farr provides training and consultation to private organizations, county governments, and state governments. Previously she was the manager of Clinical and Quality Management services for the Bucks County Department of Behavioral Health. She concurrently served as the Clinical Director for the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission. Ms. Farr was a reviewer on the revised SAMHSA/CSAT TIP 42 on Co-Occurring Disorders, and continues to work with them as a consultant/reviewer. She has extensive experience as a trainer locally, regionally, and nationally. She works with providers to improve access to care, quality of services and treatment outcomes. Ms. Farr is an ASSIST 11 trainer, and has completed the NIATx Coaches Academy. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing by MINT Trainers and has presented numerous trainings on MI. She has also been trained as a trainer with the National Institute of Corrections in Effective Communication, a model designed to reduce recidivism in antisocial populations utilizing Motivational Interviewing principles, coupled with other best practice protocols. Certified as a trainer in Motivational Interviewing, Co-Occurring Disorders, Treatment Planning, and Forensics and Addiction, Ms. Farr conducts trainings for the State of Pennsylvania/Department of Health/Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. She has contracted with ZIA Partners to consult with organizations interested in becoming Behavioral Health Centers of Excellence. Ms. Farr was awarded the Outstanding Practitioner Award at the 2006 Pennsylvania Co-Occurring Disorders Conference held in Hershey, PA, in recognition of her efforts at the national, state, and local level.
Ellen Pallme, MSW
Ellen Pallme, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS is a practicing licensed clinical social worker and additions specialist. For the past five years she has devoted her time to clinical supervision and training new clinicians entering the field. She became a member of MINT in 2015 and has focused on developing skills with co-occurring disorders. Ellen has pursued her interest in helping trauma survivors by becoming a certified yoga teacher to include movement in therapy.