American Society of Addiciton Medicine

ASAM has expanded our training portfolio to support training needs for The ASAM Criteria, including ASAM-created courses and updating our licensing framework to partner with designated trainers and independently licensed trainers.

An updated ASAM Criteria Foundations course releases in January 2024 and includes content from the Fourth Edition and incorporates an opportunity for participants to practice applying the information through case-based activities. More ASAM courses are in development.

Designated TrainerTo support public demand for training on The ASAM Criteria Third and Fourth editions, ASAM has partnered with the ASAM Criteria ® Designated Training Organizations listed below.

All trainers from designated training organizations, which includes teachers, faculty, facilitators, discussion leaders, presenters, speakers, subject matter experts and other equivalent titles, are required to complete ASAM’s educational courses.

Training will be available live in-person, live webinar, and on-demand.


ASAM Criteria Training

ASAM's courses are designed to help counselors, social workers, administrators, utilization review staff and others develop patient-centered service plans and make objective decisions about patient admission, continued service, and transfer for individuals with addictive, substance-related, and co-occurring conditions.

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The ASAM Criteria ® Designated Training Organizations:


Train for Change Inc. 

The Change Companies exclusive training division has had a long-standing partnership with ASAM and has trained 20,000+ learners over the last decade, and is the partner of choice for over 10 single-state agencies, 15 county behavioral health departments, and dozens of providers. Train for Change and The Change Companies have numerous ASAM Criteria 3rd and 4th edition training offerings that are designed to guide and support successful implementation of The Criteria.  Train for Change's team of expert trainers and consultants have unparalleled expertise across the entirety of the ASAM Criteria implementation model. With over 100 years of collective training experience, our trainers and consultants bring a breadth of research, clinical and implementation science, administrative and frontline clinical care experience to support adoption and implementation of the ASAM Criteria and promote the best outcomes for the patients served. 

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Hazelden Betty Ford is a trusted leader in providing integrated holistic and person-centered substance use and mental and behavioral health continuums of care. ASAM Criteria Training with Systems Implementation is provided by industry experts in assessing, training, and preparing organizations and their professionals for certification as they implement clinical and operational changes outlined in the 4th Edition. Hazelden Betty Ford tailors ASAM Criteria Training with Systems Implementation for each organization to guide clients successfully and consistently toward confidence, competence, and compliance with the ASAM level of care process.   

Independently Licensed Trainers

ASAM offers a permissions agreement to become an independently licensed ASAM Criteria trainer. This option is royalty-free. Apply to become an independently licensed trainer here.

Read more about our training permissions here.




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