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The focus of this webinar is to provide an overview of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria and its dimensions to help guide professionals in decision-making specific to clients’ placement of care and receiving treatment for addiction disorders, including admission, placement, and discharge criteria. Additionally, the stages of change model will be reviewed to assist clients and counselors alike become familiar with the stages of readiness specific to addiction and related treatment.


  • Explain the history and become familiar with the purpose of the ASAM criteria
  • Describe the basic principles of ASAM, including applicable research
  • Identify  the six levels of the multidimensional model of the ASAM
  • Recognize stages of change model specific to the treatment of addiction for clients with substance use disorders

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

2 CE hour credits approved by NAADAC, ASWB,  & NBCC

State Board Approval
TX 2041-19
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
VCB EP # 143
OCDP Board # 20- 779996 (R1)

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to Intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 1029
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
  • Video Recording 1

    • Lecture1.1
      ASAM Criteria Video Recording
  • Course Evaluation 1

    • Lecture2.1
      ASAM Criteria Course Evaluation
  • Quiz 1

    • Quiz3.1
      ASAM Criteria Training Quiz 15 questions
Rawson Carlin, B.A., M.A., M. Div., D. Min.; Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (North Carolina #LCMHC-5278); Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (North Carolina #LCAS-1086); Certified Clinical Supervisor (North Carolina #CCS-603); North Carolina Problem Gambling Provider; National Certified Counselor #NCC-209297; Master Addiction Counselor #MAC-507109; Distance Certified Counselor #1464; and a DOT registered Substance Abuse Professional; and Ordained Minister with over 30 years of counseling experience. He is the founder and president of E Care Counseling, PLLC in Mooresville, NC where he is in private practice providing addiction and mental health counseling, supervises substance abuse counselors, and presents NAADAC and NBCC approved education for counselors via webinars. Rawson completed a residential substance abuse treatment program over 40 years ago and has never had a slip or relapse. He directed Teen Challenge programs, faith-based therapeutic communities for clients with addiction disorders, for 11 years in three states, and has pastored churches. He has been active in substance abuse treatment for over 30 years including employed as an addiction therapist serving veterans for almost 8 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs, in-home crisis counselor, a counselor with Georgia Department of Corrections for 8 years, for 5 years as a counselor with a physician treating patients with opioid use disorders, and has also been providing distance counseling online for about 14 years. He is a public speaker making presentations at conferences, schools, and churches.