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 - 2018 (Online)
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 an employment setting which allows approximately 7 days of clinical work with clients who report alcohol or other drug use. (Please note that this is not a placement and that appropriate work settings also include accident and emergency, ward, community nursing and mental health services.) Mentoring will be required for a minimum of 2 meetings across the semester. If you are currently unemployed, you will need to meet with your mentor regularly so that you can practise the skills required for this course
Assessment Items
  • Online Learning Activity: Written Assignment Discussion Board
  • Written Assignment: Skills viewing DVD/audio recording and critique.
  • Written Assignment: Skills demonstration DVD/audio and critique

Contact Hours


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Contact hours are an indication only.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for MEDI6160
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