Clinical Screening and Assessment for the Addictions Professional
(Clinical Screening)

TITLE:
Clinical Screening and Assessment for the Addictions Professional: Mental Status Examination, Screening and Evaluation Tools

TARGET AUDIENCE:
Nurses, Counselors, and other interested Health Professionals

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
• This is a six-hour training aimed at providing an introduction to clinical screening and assessment, including mental status examination, mini-mental status examination, substance abuse disorders assessment (ASI), and various screening tools for comorbid mental disorders.
• This course directly relates to the domains of assessment, counseling, case management, client education, and professional responsibility, with a specific substance abuse focus.

OBJECTIVES: (Behavioral Terminology)
Upon completion, the learner will be able to identify:
1. Validity and reliability of standardized mental status examination tools and substance use disorder assessment scales;
2. Signs and symptoms of Substance use disorders and co-morbid mental illnesses;
3. Appropriate interviewing techniques to screen for and identify substance use disorders and co-morbid mental illnesses;
4. Appropriate assessments, interventions, professionalism, and supportive measures such as case management and client education for the professional who is caring for the chemically impaired individual;
5. Appropriate use of Urine drug toxicology screens;
6. Evidence based interventions that can be applied in private and professional settings.