American Society of Addiciton Medicine

The ASAM Criteria® leverage real-world scenarios that prepare you to implement effectively within the context of system challenges.

The ASAM Criteria® leverage real-world scenarios that prepare you to implement effectively within the context of system challenges.


Course Education

The ASAM Criteria Course is comprised of a comprehensive suite of competency-based learning activities in a distance learning delivery method and the live webinar delivery format that meet the learning needs of the multiple audiences and results in the appropriate use of the Criteria in practice. This is a practical training designed to help beginner, intermediate, and advanced counselors, social workers, administrators, and other clinical staff 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.

The content is based on information found in The ASAM Criteria®: Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions, Third Edition and incorporates an opportunity for participants to practice applying the information through case-based activities.

Who Should Participate: 

  • Counselors

  • Social Workers

  • Payers

  • Administrators

  • Other Members on the Care Team


One-day Live Foundations Course

The One-day Live Foundations Course is presented monthly in a live format using the Zoom platform. Select an upcoming date, time and registration below.


ASAM Criteria Foundations Course

The ASAM Criteria Foundations Course is fully online and can be completed at your own pace. The flow of this online course uses a mix of didactic materials, case studies, learning activities, and assessments to help you understand the underlying principles of the ASAM Criteria, how to conduct multidimensional patient assessment, and determine an appropriate level of care. Further, by utilizing real-world scenarios, the course will prepare you to implement the ASAM Criteria effectively within the context of system challenges.


Two-day Skill Building Course

This Two-day Skill Building Course will explore important considerations in developing individualized treatment plans, evaluating progress versus non progress in treatment, and determining when it is appropriate to initiate transfer or discharge of a patient from treatment. Contact Connor Bellis at for more information.


Utilization Management Course

The Utilization Management Course is designed to help managed care payers develop a holistic understanding of The ASAM Criteria and their role in constructing a full range of services for patients with substance use disorders (SUD). Building on the foundational concepts of The ASAM Criteria, this course offers practical guidelines for developing a common language around patient care for both payers and providers.

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COVID-19 and Live Course Delivery: Currently all live courses are being delivered live through the Zoom platform. ASAM is closely monitoring the health and safety updates and recommendations issued by WHO, CDC and state and local health organizations.

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