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 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Following successful completion of this course you will be able to:

Describe methodological, practical and ethical considerations in conducting treatment outcome evaluation in clinical settings;

Describe cognitive-behavioral assessment of nicotine, alcohol and other drug problems;

Identify which screening/assessment instruments are relevant to detect alcohol and other drug problems;

Demonstrate competence in administering an alcohol and other drug assessment (AATOM or BTOM).

Demonstrate competence in conducting a CBT assessment interview (see Reading 1.2) and administering the AUDIT (see Reading 5.1, p.35

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
Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
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.)
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Blackboard Discussion.
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for MEDI6160

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