Module Descriptions

see url Module 1.0: Pre- ASI –E Course Learning Measure  

Module one (1.0) requires the user to complete the Pre ASI– E Course learning measures. The measures are designed to evaluate the users knowledge regarding; the basic clinical utility of the instrument, the correct administration of the Addiction Severity Index (e.g., item purpose, coding conventions, guidelines, and probing), and the correct use of the interviewer severity rating (ISR) procedure.  

eso minimap addon Module 2.0: Goals & Objectives

Module two (2.0) begins with a review and explanation of the ASI Knowledge and Skills Self Assessment (KSSA), and Learning Contract, followed by a detailed review and explanation of the course Goal and Objectives. Afterwards, learners are encouraged to complete both the KSSA and Learning Contracts, both of which are provided in the module resource folder.  

Module 3.a: History and Overview of the ASI

Module (3a) provides a brief overview of the history and development of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), including the various versions e.g., Original, Clinical Training Version, Follow UP, and ASI Lite and the formats of the instrument (e.g., paper, computer, web based and self administered.

Module 3.b: The Rationale and Benefits of Standardized Assessment Tools i.e., ASI & Evidence Based Criteria’s i.e., DSM-IV, ASAM-PPC, & LOCUS.

Module (3b) provides a brief overview of the rationale and benefits of using standardized instruments (e.g., ASI, CASI) and evidence based criteria’s (e.g., Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) Patient Placement Criteria, and Level of Care Utilization of Services (LOCUS).

Module 4.0: The Clinical significance of the ASI.

Module four (4) provides an overview of the relationship and functionality of the information collected using the ASI to clinical tasks and tools such as; 1.) the DSM-IV Substance Abuse and Dependence Criteria, 2.) ASAM’s Six Dimensions, 3.) Assessing Criminogenic Risk Factors, and 4.) Treatment Planning

Module 5.0: Client & Interviewer Severity Ratings 

Module five (5) introduces the learner to the client rating scale, interviewer rating scale, interviewer severity rating process, and the common challenges and mistakes made when establishing the Interviewer Severity Rating (ISR).

Module 6.0: General Interviewing Tips

Module six (6) focuses on a learner centered approach to interviewing with the ASI, which includes the rationale, benefits and key components of introducing the ASI interview, each of the seven (7) sections of the ASI, and subsets of similar items within sections. Also included in this module is a review of the factors e.g., client & interviewer characteristics,  environment characteristics, and other contextual factors (e.g., Voluntary vs. Mandated Client Status) that influence the interviewing process.

Module: 7.1– 7.7 Cover the Seven Sections of the ASI    

Each module provides an overview of the purpose and clinical significance of the section, or how the information collected in the section relates to and/or informs a diagnosis or diagnostic impression of substance abuse or dependence, and ASAM’s Six Dimensions. This is then followed by a detailed item by item review, including video illustrations of each item being administered.

The item by item review is then followed by an opportunity view the entire section being administered without interruption, a practice quiz and ends with resources and references, many of which can be downloaded.

Module 8.0: Summarizing the Interview & Next Steps.

Module 8.0 provides a brief review of the content involved in summarizing an ASI interview once all the questions have been asked, and what the general recommended next steps are upon completion of the initial assessment interview.

Module 9.0: Post ASI E- Course Learning Measure

Module nine (9) requires the user to complete the Post Course learning measures. The measures are designed to evaluate the users knowledge regarding; the basic clinical utility of the instrument, the correct administration of the Addiction Severity Index (e.g., item purpose, coding conventions, guidelines, and probing), and the correct use of the interviewer severity rating (ISR) procedure.  

Module 10.0:  Post Course Knowledge and Skills Self Assessment

Module ten (10) Begins with a review and explanation of the goals and objectives of the ASI E–Course. Following this review the learner is asked to complete the ASI Knowledge and Skills Self Assessment, and set learning goals for themselves using the Learning Contract, that they completed prior to the beginning the course, or they can download one from the resource folder.  

Module 11.0: Follow Up ASI E – Course Learning Measure

Module eleven (11) requires the user to complete the Post Course, Follow – Up Learning Measures (approximately 3 – 4 weeks post course completion). The measures are designed to evaluate the users knowledge regarding; the basic clinical utility of the instrument, the correct administration of the Addiction Severity Index (e.g., item purpose, coding conventions, guidelines, and probing), and the correct use of the interviewer severity rating (ISR) procedure.  requires the user to complete the Post ASI– E course learning measure.

Module 12.0 Follow UP Post Course Knowledge and Skills Self Assessment

Module twelve (12) begins with a review and explanation of the goals and objectives of the ASI E–Course. Following this review the learner is asked to complete the ASI Knowledge and Skills Self Assessment, and set learning goals for themselves using the Learning Contract. Ideally, they should be using the same KSSA and Learning Contract that they used Pre and Post course completion, or they can download one from the resource folder.