Clinical Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Use


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.


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  • Semester 2 - 2015
  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

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 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.)

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Written Assignment discussion board/blog (x7)

Written Assignment: Journal article critique and DVD/audio recording

Contact Hours

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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