Clinical Assessment Of Drug/Alcohol Use

Course code MEDI6160Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

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.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesFollowing 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.
Content1. 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
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents 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 DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsBlackboard Discussion.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MEDI6160