Using the ASAM Criteria as a Treatment Matching Tool for Youth with Substance Use Disorder and Co-Occurring Conditions


“One of the most important advances in the field of adolescent treatment is the articulation of approaches that are developmentally specific to the adolescent population.” 

This training will help demystify the challenges of assessing the individual needs of drug-involved adolescents and how match them to the most appropriate treat services, modalities, and levels of care and aftercare.

An introduction to the use of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria as a tool for treatment planning and matching in youth with substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring disorders with a focus on developmental considerations for the adolescent population. The core features of the ASAM Criteria include: an approach to patient assessment and case formulation, a structure for articulating an inventory of patient treatment needs, an outline of the basic SUD treatment continuum of care, an approach to matching patient needs to treatment settings, and a guide to patient level of care placement.

Participants will:

  • Be familiar with the ASAM Criteria 6 assessment dimensions
  • Be familiar the ASAM Criteria levels of care
  • Be able to use the ASAM Criteria to articulate patient treatment needs for youth SUDs
  • Be able to use the ASAM Criteria to match patient needs to treatment goals
  • Become experienced with using the ASAM Criteria to guide patient level of care placement
Marc Fishman MD
Event Date: 
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Attendance Mode: 
In Person
Co-occuring Disorders
Evidence-Based Practice
Courtyard Boston Marlborough
75 Felton Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
Sponsored by BSAS: 
Contact Information
Gina Colon
AdCare Educational Institute