Clinical Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Use

10 Units

Develops knowledge and skills in: interviewing clients about nicotine, alcohol and other drug use; selection and use of assessment instruments; and an understanding of comorbidity, medical assessment and psychological measures.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe methodological, practical and ethical considerations in conducting treatment outcome evaluation in clinical settings
  2. Describe cognitive-behavioural assessment of nicotine, alcohol and other drug problems
  3. Identify which screening/assessment instruments are relevant to detect alcohol and other drug problems
  4. Demonstrate competence in administering an alcohol and other drug assessment (AATOM, or BTOM)
  5. Demonstrate competence in conducting a CBT assessment interview (see Reading 1.2) and administering the AUDIT (see Reading 5.1, p.35)
  6. Demonstrate competence in written case formulations from vignettes.
  1. Develop knowledge and skills in interviewing clients about nicotine, alcohol and other drug use
  2. Selection and use of assessment instruments
  3. Develop an understanding of medical assessment and psychological measures
Assumed Knowledge Students must work in a setting (either voluntary or paid) which allows approximately 7 days of clinical work with clients with alcohol or other drug problems. Mentoring will be required. (Please note that this is not a placement.)
Assessment Items
  • Online Learning Activity: Written Assignment discussion board/blog (x7)
  • Written Assignment: Journal article critique and DVD/audio recording
Contact Hours
  • Online Activity: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (Contact hours are an indication only.)
  • Self-Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for MEDI6160
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