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The ASAM Criteria, Fourth Edition helps elevate care and increase rates of reimbursement. Our foundations and application trainings ensure everyone on your team is using The ASAM Criteria consistently to enable effective—and lasting—organizational implementation.

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Training for Clinicians by Clinicians

Purchase of either a print or digital version of The ASAM Criteria, Fourth Edition is required for training.

As the sole publisher of The ASAM Criteria, Fourth Edition—both print and digital—and an ASAM Designated Training Organization, Hazelden Betty Ford is a vital resource for your organization. Our expert trainers are immersed in the Fourth Edition updates and are prepared to help your team consistently use and apply The ASAM Criteria for the development of effective Level of Care and Treatment Planning Assessments.

Both a one-day foundations course or a two-day foundations and application (one day of each) course bundle are now available.

  • Foundations: 1 day, 4.5 hours total, 4 CEs, $135 per person
  • Foundations AND Application: 2 days, 11.25 hours total, 10 CEs, $285 per person
  • CEs and CMEs available for multiple boards
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Understanding The ASAM Criteria, Fourth Edition  

One-day interactive virtual training


4.5 hours of learning, 4 CEs/CMEs


The ASAM Criteria, Fourth Edition presents a practical framework for providing patient-centered assessment and treatment planning services to individuals with addictive, substance-related, and co-occurring conditions.

This 4.5-hour training is designed to guide healthcare professionals through core concepts, standards, and processes of the recently released Fourth Edition of The ASAM Criteria, including:

  • Principles of The ASAM Criteria
  • Organization of the continuum of care
  • Conducting multidimensional Level of Care and Treatment Planning Assessments
  • Utilizing the new Dimensional Admission Criteria and level of care determination rules to make level of care recommendations


  1. Define foundational principles and key components of The ASAM Criteria, Fourth Edition.
  2. Identify the treatment levels that make up the Fourth Edition’s continuum of care and explain how integrated care is incorporated within the different levels of care.
  3. Understand the multidimensional assessment dimensions, subdimensions, and integrated Risk Ratings, and how they are applied within assessment and treatment planning contexts.
  4. Utilize The ASAM Criteria Level of Care Assessment and apply the Dimensional Admission Criteria to make level of care recommendations.


Understanding The ASAM Criteria, Fourth Edition and Its Clinical Application

Two-day interactive virtual training


11.25 hours of learning, 10 CEs/CMEs

Attendees of this two-day training will gain all the fundamental knowledge that the foundations course provides and will receive an additional deeper look at clinical application. Currently, the applications course is only available as part of the two-day bundled training.


During this 11.25-hour training developed for clinical professionals, participants will review core concepts of The ASAM Criteria, Fourth Edition, including the updated continuum of care, revised dimensions and new subdimensions, Risk Ratings, and the level of care determination rules.

Much of the training time will be spent practicing the application of these updated ASAM core components using diverse, ASAM-approved case scenarios.

Topics include:

  • Assessing the need for addiction medications
  • Addressing biomedical concerns
  • Co-occurring conditions and co-occurring enhanced care
  • Diverse population considerations
  • Person-centered considerations
  • Integration of harm reduction practices


  1. Understand the multidimensional assessment dimensions, subdimensions, and integrated Risk Ratings and how they are applied within Level of Care and Treatment Planning Assessments.
  2. Practice applying the updated Dimensional Admission Criteria in a clinical setting and translating the standards into the appropriate level of care.
  3. Appraise person-centered considerations, focusing on the application of person-centered, culturally humble, and trauma-responsive care using the new Dimension 6 within interactive patient case studies.
  4. Identify readily accessible digital and print tools to inform Level of Care Assessment application through the content, functionality, and capabilities of the redesigned The ASAM Criteria.

CEs/CMEs available for Psychologists, Counselors, Mental Health and Family Therapy Professionals, Social Workers, Nurses, and Medical Professionals. Please check with your board to confirm credits.

For further details, visit our ASAM training information page.

Questions, ADA requests, or grievances, please contact Addison Jones, client relations manager by email at or phone 651-213-4655.

Used with permission from The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-occurring Conditions, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). All Rights Reserved. Unless authorized in writing by ASAM, no part may be reproduced or used in a manner inconsistent with ASAM’s copyright. This prohibition applies to unauthorized uses or reproductions in any form.

Upcoming Dates

Purchase of a print or a digital version of The ASAM Criteria, Fourth Edition is required for training.



Thursday, April 11 FULL

Tuesday, May 21 FULL

Tuesday, June 18 FULL

Tuesday, July 23 FULL

Tuesday, August 20

Tuesday, September 24



Thursday-Friday, April 11-12 FULL

Tuesday-Wednesday, May 21-22 FULL

Tuesday-Wednesday, June 18-19 FULL

Tuesday-Wednesday, July 23-24 FULL

Tuesday-Wednesday, August 20-21

Tuesday-Wednesday, September 24-25

You will be able to select a date when you purchase.

Check back regularly as new training dates will be added throughout the year.

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ASAM Criteria Training with Systems Implementation is provided by industry experts in assessing, training, and preparing organizations and their professionals for certification as they implement clinical and operational changes outlined in the Fourth Edition. Hazelden Betty Ford tailors ASAM Criteria Training with Systems Implementation for each organization to guide clients successfully and consistently toward confidence, competence, and compliance with the ASAM level of care process.

Partnering with you to shape and strengthen your organization

Our Consulting and Training Solutions team is here to help your organization effectively implement a customized plan for your specific needs. We utilize leading research-informed and evidence-based curricula, programs, and resources to strengthen your behavioral health continuum of care.

What can we do for your organization?

Assess & Plan: Ongoing community and program assessments, community surveys and custom collaborative action plans.

Training & Launch: Interactive virtual and in-person professional education and training for evidence-based programming.

Empower & Certify: Professional learning communities, certification, ongoing coaching, and consultation.

Renew & Sustain: Continual engagement for recertifications and ongoing access to digital resources.

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