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Addiction Severity Index (ASI) & American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) eLearning

ODMHSAS has partnered with Treatment Basic to offer ASAM & ASI eCourses and workshops. Designed and delivered by Thomas H. Coyne, Ed.D., LCSW, a nationally recognized adult educator providing evidence-based learning solutions regarding assessing and treating persons with substance use and mental health disorders. He is one of the most experienced and effective trainers in the country regarding the correct use of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) and the American Society of Addiction Medicines.

Addiction Severity Index (ASI) Training

While the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) is one of the most widely used assessment instruments in the substance abuse field, it is also widely misused and misunderstood. 


  • To strengthen the knowledge and application of ASI and ASAM to better serve Oklahomans in their treatment journey.

  • To ensure standardized assessments and increase the equity in access to treatment services to better serve all Oklahomans in their treatment and recovery journey.  

  • Provide consistent educational opportunities through on-demand online learning to standardize learning and ensure providers have access to courses when they need them. 

Therefore, ODMHSAS has partnered with Treatment Basics to provide ASI training to providers to gain the knowledge, skills, and support materials required to administer the ASI correctly in clinical settings. The ASI is a structured clinical interview with clinical, program evaluation, and research applications. It has been used for evaluating a client's need for treatment. In addition, the instrument has been beneficial in standardizing the assessment process and is used for treatment planning, outcome studies, and overall program evaluation. The training goal is to develop and/or enhance interviewer competencies to correctly administer and utilize the ASI.

The ASI course provides states, counties, community-based organizations, and individuals access to "Proven and Effective" ASI training on-demand. The course is an effective adult learning solution that leverages the advantages of web-based training while incorporating the content and methods of a successful onsite curriculum developed to teach participants how to correctly administer the Addiction Severity Index (ASI).

The ASI eCourse teaches participants the purpose and intention of ASI items, recommended probes, additional questions, coding conventions, and the Interviewer Severity Rating (ISR)procedures. 

  • Purpose and clinical significance of each of the seven sections of the ASI.  

  • How to introduce the ASI interview and each of the seven sections to the client.

  • How to phrase each question most efficiently while remaining flexible enough to adapt the instrument to make it more gender, cultural, and population sensitive.

  • Recommended probes and additional questions to augment the items in the ASI and the information provided by the client. 

  • The coding conventions to correctly code client responses to each item in the section.

  • Common errors made when interviewing and/ or coding client responses.

  • Recommended items and other information used to verify self-reports through cross-checking.

  • To utilize the interviewer severity rating procedure. 

  • The relationship and functionality of the ASI to;

  • The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Criteria for Substance Use Disorders.

  • ASAM's Six Dimensions

  • Criminogenic Risk 

  • Treatment Planning

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Interactive Online Course

In addition, The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) categorizes services for substance use disorders into five broad levels of services, ranging from Level 0.5 (early intervention) to Level 4 (inpatient). Decimal numbers are used to specify the service continuum within those levels. The ASAM placement tool determines if the individual is appropriate for a residential level of care services and what specific ASAM level of care is most aligned with the individual's needs.

The ASAM Criteria Interactive Online Course is designed to help develop patient-centered service plans and make objective decisions about patient admission, continuing care, and transfer/discharge for individuals with addictive, substance-related, and co-occurring conditions. 

ASAM Learning Objectives

Upon completion, you will be able to: 

  • Describe the underlying principles and concepts of the ASAM Criteria.

  • Identify the six dimensions of the ASAM Criteria's multidimensional patient assessment. 

  • Determine treatment priorities based on risk assessment to guide treatment and service planning.

  • Determine an appropriate level of care and treatment priorities based on risk assessment. 

  • In the context of system challenges, implement the ASAM Criteria for patients with addiction to ensure an appropriate level of care and treatment outcomes.

ASI Course

ASAM Course

How long does it take to complete the ASI or ASAM eCourses?

Each course includes content, exercises, and learning measures that take approximately 18 hours to complete, 3 of which are related to the Pre and Post-Course Learning Measures. Therefore, approximately 15 hours are related to the course content e.g., lecture, video, and exercises. The e-Courses are more effective and comprehensive than the standard one and two-day onsite workshops. They provide users with more details, content, practice opportunities, performance feedback, and support materials than is possible during standard one and two-day workshops.