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Introduction to ASAM Criteria – The Basics

April 2 @ 9:00 am 12:30 pm EDT

Registration deadline March 26, 2021



During this 3 hour training we will be introduced to the ASAM Criteria and have an understanding why it is used and its importance in your work with individuals. We will explore how this is important within not only assessments and how it should be used ongoing to determine level of care for individuals based on the 6 dimensions and identify what levels of care are.


Participants will be able to:

1. Explain why matching the client to the most appropriate levels of care will help them to succeed

2. Apply ASAM dimensions to real-world client presentations, at assessment and in ongoing treatment

3. Consider withdrawal management needs and psychiatric complexity in all ASAM treatment levels of care


9 AM – 9:30 AM – Introduction to ASAM and importance of appropriate level of care determinations

9:30 – 10:30 AM – The levels of care for treatment; withdrawal management; LOC intersections with medication treatments

10:30 – 10:45 BREAK

10:45 – 11:30 AM – The ASAM dimensions, assessment of severity

11:30 – 11:45 BREAK

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM – Practice with case examples; summary and concluding remarks


Kurt White is a clinical social worker, drug and alcohol counselor, and group psychotherapist, who practices at the Brattleboro Retreat, in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA, where he is Sr. Director of Ambulatory Services. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor at Smith College School for Social Work, where he teaches Group Theory and Practice, and is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and a past president of the Vermont Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. His interests include trauma, dissociation, group psychotherapy, addiction and co-occurring disorders; he has presented on a variety of topics regionally, nationally, and internationally. 

3 CE’s