ASAM/DSM 5 (in southern Vermont)

ASAM/DSM 5 (in southern Vermont)
Date/Time: Friday, November 15th, 2019 - 9:00 - 4:30
Hotel Coolidge, White River Jct., Vermont
Trainer: Kurt White

Trainer Biography: Kurt White is a clinical social worker, drug and alcohol counselor, and group psychotherapist, who practices at the Brattleboro Retreat, in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA, where he is Sr. Director of Ambulatory Services. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor at Smith College School for Social Work, where he teaches Group Theory and Practice, and is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and a past president of the Vermont Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. His interests include trauma, dissociation, group psychotherapy, addiction and co-occurring disorders; he has presented on a variety of topics regionally, nationally, and internationally. 

Course Outline: How do we know what someone needs, when they show up seeking help? This presentation will explore two critical processes of assessment, and ongoing re-assessment: diagnosis of addictive and co-occurring disorders, and the use of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria for determining clinical needs and level of care placement. We will also touch on the intersection of medication assisted treatments in diagnosing and making placement recommendations. The presentation will be didactic in part, but will also involve case examination and practice with the material presented.


  • 9 – 10:15 Importance of accurate diagnosis and placement; DSM as a way of understanding and classifying; comparisons of DSM IV to DSM 5, and to ICD 10; ASAM Dimensions of need in assessment
  • 10: 15 – 10: 30 Break
  • 10:30 – 12:00 Case examples and practice: diagnosis; Critiques of DSM V
  • 12 – 1 Lunch
  • 1 – 2:30 ASAM levels of care overview, from inpatient to outpatient, and everything in between
  • 2:30 – 2:45 Break
  • 2:45 – 4:15 Case examples and practice; intersection with medication assisted treatment
  • 4:15 – 4:30 Evaluations and final questions

Maximum enrollment is 35; Cut off date for registrations is Nov. 4th, 2019

Morning coffee provided; Lunch on your own.

6 Credits: NAADAC CU's are approved; Social Worker CEU's and Allied MH CEU's pending.
VAPA Members- $40.00; Non-Members - $80.00 / Students - $40.00

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Date & Time

Nov 15, 2019 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM


39 S Main St, White River Jct, VT 05001

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