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ASAM Integration: Six Dimensional Assessment through the Continuum (ASAM-I)

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria, 3rd Edition, is the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for assessment, placement, treatment planning, continued service, and transfer/discharge of clients with substance use and co-occurring disorders.  The Criteria utilizes six dimensions to form a broad assessment, which in turn provides information for service and treatment planning across all levels of care.

This online Enhanced Professional Learning (EPL) interactive series will provide collaborative training and real-time practice opportunities essential to the development and/or refinement of applying the Criteria in a clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on applying Criteria for in-depth assessment, proper placement, service and treatment planning, continued service and transfer/discharge of clients.


Weekly sessions offered on the same day and start time between January 26-March 9, 2022. Day and time will depend on your location. Please locate your local time zone in the table below for your weekly start time.

Location Start Date End Date Weekly Time
California/Nevada Wed, Jan 26 Wed, Mar 9 3:00 pm PDT
Arizona Wed, Jan 26 Wed, Mar 9 4:00 pm MST
Hawaii Wed, Jan 26 Wed, Mar 9 1:00 pm HST
Pago Pago, American Samoa Wed, Jan 26 Wed, Mar 9 12:00 pm SST
Koror, Palau Thurs, Jan 27 Thurs, Mar 10 8:00 am PWT
Hagåtña, Guam Thurs, Jan 27 Thurs, Mar 10 9:00 am ChST
Saipan, CNMI Thurs, Jan 27 Thurs, Mar 10 9:00 am ChST
Palikir, FSM Thurs, Jan 27 Thurs, Mar 10 10:00 am PONT
Majuro, RMI Thurs, Jan 27 Thurs, Mar 10 11:00 am MHT

Learning Objectives

At the end of the ASAM-I Enhanced Professional Learning Series, participants will be able to:

  • Classify each of the five broad ASAM Levels of Care that reflect a Continuum of Care
  • Explore, through participation in group discussions and activities, how to apply the six Dimensional Assessment for placement into a level of care
  • Explain the ASAM 0-4 Risk Rating and overall Severity Rating for proper level of care recommendations
  • Formulate how to develop behavioral focused treatment goals based on Six Dimensional Assessment properly using Six Dimensional Assessment results
  • Recognize and discuss the three concepts of Continued Service, Transfer and Discharge Criteria

Target Audience

  • Behavioral health, substance use disorders, and recovery service providers located in the Pacific Southwest ATTC region (HHS Region 9)
  • Baseline knowledge and current utilization of the ASAM Criteria in clinical practice

External Book Requirement

  • The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions (American Sociality of Addiction Medicine, Third Edition, 2013)

Participant Commitment & Expectations:

  • Attend a live one-hour orientation on January 26 (refer to chart above for scheduled dates/times in your time zone)
  • Read chapters in The ASAM Criteria (3rd Edition) prior to the first session on February 2 (see chart above for scheduled dates/times in your time zone) and throughout the series
  • Participate in a 6-week online learning community: 1.5 hours sessions on scheduled series days/time and complete 1.0 hour of weekly learning activities
  • Access to appropriate technology to utilize online videoconferencing platform (i.e., an internet connection, webcam, computer/smart device, speakers and microphone)
  • Be prepared and actively engage while on camera during the scheduled series time


  • James VonBusch, PhD, LPC
  • Mark Disselkoen, MSSW, LCSW, LCADC

Program Sponsors/Administrators:

  • Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center, HHS Region 9
  • UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
  • National Frontier and Rural Telehealth Education Center (NFARtec)

This series is available to you at no cost.

Space is limited to the first 35 registrants who will receive a grant-funded scholarship that covers the entire $350 cost of participation. As a grant-sponsored scholarship and to receive continuing education hours, it is expected participants will be prepared for and attend each session and actively engage in group discussions. Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others.

Continuing Education (CEs/CEHs)

This series has been approved for a total of 16 contact hours through the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) ACEP No. 6492.

The ASAM-I series meets the qualifications for the provision of up to sixteen (16) continuing education credits/contact hours (CEs/CEHs).

APA Approved SponsorUCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

UCLA ISAP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #64812). UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for up to sixteen (16) hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. UCLA ISAP is also an approved provider of continuing education for RADTs I/II, CADCs-CASs, CADCs I/II, CADCs-CSs, and LAADCs (CCAPP, #2N-00-445-1123), CATCs (ACCBC/CAADE, #CP40 872 C 0822), and CAODCs (CADTP, #151). Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #15455, for up to 16 contact hours.

CE credit will be awarded at the conclusion of the series for full-session participation. Partial credit will not be available for those participants who arrive any particular session late or leave early. Make-up work will not be provided or accepted.

Please Note:

Registrants enrolled in this series are expected to attend the first two sessions. If you cannot attend these sessions, you will forfeit your spot to attend and be automatically dropped from the series. In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by Week 2 to fully participate and be on camera at least 90% of the time. This is not a webinar series and active participation to gain/improve skills are required


Please contact the NFARtec Workwise Staff at or by phone at 775-784-6265 or 866-617-2816 (toll-free).

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