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The Complete ASAM Criteria

February 10, 2022 @ 9:00 am 12:30 pm EST

Registration deadline 2/2/22


In this seminar we will discuss the ASAM Criteria in detail with the goal of understanding how these are used to determine the most appropriate (least restrictive while safe) level of care for individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorders.  Severity within dimensions will be discussed, as will the methods by which the appropriate subunit of the 4 broad levels of care are recommended. 


  • 9-9:30 Introduction and definitions
  • 9:30-9:45 History and evolution of the ASAM Criteria
  • 9:45-10:00 Common misconceptions
  • 10:00-10:15 Break
  • 10:15-11:15 The 6 Dimensions
  • 11:15-11:30 Break
  • 11:30-12:15 Levels of Care
  • 12:15-12:30 Closing comments and questions

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the history and evolution of the ASAM Criteria
  • Understand misconceptions commonly surrounding the ASAM Criteria
  • Explain the utility of the ASAM criteria, and how their use standardizes delivery of the last restrictive yet safe level of care for individuals suffering from Substance Use Disorders
  • Explore the 6 Dimensions of the ASAM criteria
  • Understand the application of severity ratings within each criterium
  • Demonstrate how Dimensions interact when determining Level of Care
  • Discuss the 4 broad categories of SUD Levels of care and their subunits
  • Explain special populations and how their needs are accounted for within the Criteria and Levels of Care


Christopher Bondi MD has spent the bulk of his career working with patients in the fields of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.  He has worked in both inpatient and outpatient SUD treatment environments, as well as in teaching hospitals in Vermont and the Midwest.   For the past several years, Dr. Bondi has added a teaching focus to his work, working to increase awareness and interest in compassionate treatment of people suffering from Substance Use Disorders.  Dr. Bondi currently serves as an instructor for the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy and Recovery Vermont.  He also serves as Continuum, and ASAM Criteria Faculty for the American Society of Addiction Medicine.