Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome Video.

    • ASAM. Course Syllabus

    • How to Navigate this course

    • Learner Agreement

    • ASAM. Pre-Test.

  • 2

    ASAM. Course Materials

    • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and Levels of Care. Presentation Handout.

    • ASAM Quick Guide

    • Detoxification and SA Treatment for Clinicians. Quick Guide, TIP 45.




  • 3

    ASAM - Application to Practice Assignments

    • ASAM. Assignment 1.

    • ASAM. Assignment 2.

    • ASAM. Assignment 3.

    • ASAM. Assignment 4.

    • ASAM. Assignment 5.

    • ASAM. Assignment 6.

  • 4

    Chapter 4. Course Completion

    • Course Review

    • ASAM Course Examination

    • ASAM Course Evaluation

Course Description

In the last 1980’s addiction treatment providers were exploring a consistency in treatment options and standards as a universal description by recognizing the need for standardization of treatment levels of care and placement options. The lack of consistency caused much confusion, and sparked the efforts that resulted in the ASAM Criteria. Beginning from the first edition, certain foundation concepts have continued throughout modifications, and serve as guiding principles that continue to support The ASAM Criteria.  (The ASAM Criteria, 2013).

Course Modality This is an independent home-study course. Students will take the course according to their own timeline. 


CE’s: 6 hours. (Reading course text / articles and Application to Practice). To receive the course completion certificate, each student is required to complete and submit Learning Contract, read all text-based materials, view any media posted, complete and submit chapter discussion questions, complete and pass course examination, and complete and submit course evaluation.

Text Reference

Basics of Addiction Counseling Desk Reference, Module II. Addiction Counseling Theories, Practices and Skills. Alexandria, VA: NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. 2017.

The ASAM Criteria. Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related and Co-Occurring Conditions. Third Edition. The Change Companies, Carson City, NV. 2013.


Senior Instructor

Diane Sherman, PhD

Dr. Diane Sherman, Ph.D., a substance abuse profession since 1975, beginning her career while serving in the U.S. Army for in the capacity of Behavioral Science Specialist.  She holds the national advanced credential of Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-II, and E-Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Diane earned her Doctorate in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from Capella University in 2007. Since 2008 she has taught and supervised students who are in pursuit of the certified addiction counselor credential. She is a national, regional and state presenter offering topics relevant to addiction professional, clinical, and ethical practices and clinical supervision. In 2015 was honored to receive the Georgia School of Addiction Studies, Bruce Hoopes Pioneer Award in Addiction Treatment, a personally meaningful award, for excellence in the addiction profession.