12 Core Functions: Assessment*



This session presenter will review the core function of assessment and its importance in the substance use disorder treatment process.  The procedures by which a counselor/program identifies and evaluates an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, problems, and needs for the development of a treatment plan.   The global criteria are followed: Gather relevant history from a client including but not limited to:  Alcohol and other drug abuseusing appropriate interview techniques; Identify methods and procedures for obtaining corroborative information from significant secondary sources regarding client’s alcohol and other drug abuse and psycho-social history; Identify appropriate assessment tools; Explain to the client the rationale for the use of assessment techniques in order to facilitate understanding; Develop a diagnostic evaluation of the client’s substance abuse and any co-existing conditions based on the results of all assessments in order to provide an integrated approach to treatment planning based on the client’s strengths, weaknesses, and identified problems and needs.


  • Identify appropriate bio-psychosocial assessment tools for substance use disorders.
  • Explain the proper use of the DSM-5 in making an accurate substance use disorder diagnosis.
  • Discuss utilizing the ASAM criteria for appropriate client level of treatment recommendations
  • Describe the procedures for completing a professional substance use disorder assessment.
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders.
  • Being skillful and thorough in reviewing the client’s history.
  • Evaluate the client’s history.
  • Explain in making an accurate DSM 5 diagnosis.
Target Audience: Addiction Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC, & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 1002
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
    • Lecture.1
      12 Core Functions: Assessment*
    • Lecture.1
      12 Core Functions: Assessment*
  • QUIZ
    • Quiz.1
      12 Core Functions: Assessment* 15 questions

Jenny M. Kirwin, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS completed her BA in Psychology and Human Services; Masters of Social Work Degree with a concentration in Alcohol and Drugs from the University of Buffalo, NY. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist; and Certified Clinical Supervisor in NC. Jenny has been working as a consultant and clinical supervisor with almost 20 years in the field of mental health and substance abuse specializing in Co-Occurring Disorders. She began her career in North Carolina with the local Area Authority in Mental Health. Transitioning to the Women’s Program as a lead worker. Substance abuse quickly became her focus while obtaining LCAS and CCS with NCSAPPB. From Private Practice to DWI Programs, her background brings diverse experience to her clinical supervision services.
Jenny has been married for 19 years and has 4 children, 2 dogs, 8 chickens, and a goldfish. She enjoys being outdoors with her family as well as homesteading and staying physically active.