Screening and Assessment Instruments
Screening efforts for any health care problem can be undertaken at various levels. They can be applied routinely to everyone, or they can be targeted, administered only to those in higher-risk groups. Broad-based screening efforts, meaning routine use of a screening tool in a range of settings, is desirable when the condition is common.
The substance abuse field is increasingly using standardized instruments to promote treatment planning as well as to provide a yardstick for measuring treatment effectiveness. The most widely used tool for both of these purposes is the Addiction Severity Index (ASI).
Mental Status and Psychosocial History, Dual Diagnosis and Stages
The mental status examination is a tool used by mental health professionals to guide observation and to assist the interviewer in gathering essential data about mental functioning. There are many psychosocial treatment approaches. Were you to wonder which particular treatment would be best for a particular individual, you would not be alone. A number of large studies have been conducted to examine this very question.
Understanding the relationship between alcohol or other drug use and mood, thoughts, or behavior is one of the most challenging and essential components of anyone’s work in the substance abuse field. Dual diagnosis is an individual with a substance use disorder plus another mental illness. There is at best evidence that clients do better when clinicians match their clinical approach to the client’s “stage.” It is said to ignore a commonly recognized phenomenon—that individuals often change seemingly quite suddenly.
Discussion Participation (30%)
Grading Rubric and Participation Requirements