This course covers addiction assessment and patient placement, including the American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria. Treatment planning and documentation specific to the addiction field will be covered. This course is designed to examine the psychological, behavioral, sociological, and cultural underpinnings in the assessment and treatment of clients affected by addictions. The course explores a variety of helping strategies for reducing the negative effects of substance use, abuse, dependence, and addictive disorders.

AC 509 is offered during the 1st session (January 11th - March 5th) of the Spring 2021 semester. 


  1. Know the roles, functions, and settings of addiction counselors, as well as the relationship between addiction counselors and other mental health professionals (CACREP, Section III, A.3).
  2. Know the professional organizations, competencies, preparation standards, and state credentials relevant to the practice of addiction counseling (CACREP, Section III, A.4).
  3. Understands various models and approaches to clinical evaluation for addictive disorders and their appropriate uses, including screening and assessment for addiction, diagnostic interviews, mental status examination, symptom inventories, and psychoeducational and personality assessments (CACREP, Section III. G.1) and knows specific assessment of biopsychosocial and spiritual history (CACREP, Section III, G3).
  4. Selects appropriate comprehensive assessment interventions to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning, with an awareness of cultural bias in the implementation and interpretation of assessment protocols.
  5. Screens for psychoactive substance toxicity, intoxication, and withdrawal symptoms; aggression or danger to others; potential for self-inflicted harm or suicide; and co-occurring mental and/or addictive disorders.
  6. Understand a variety of models and theories of addiction related to substance use and other addictions (CACREP, III, A. 5) and practice individualized helping strategies and treatment modalities to each client’s stage of dependence, change, or recovery (CACREP, III, D.2)
  7. Know the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances and addictive disorders on the user (CACREP, Section III. A. 6) and recognize the importance of the family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment and recovery process (CACREP, Section III, C. 3).
  8. Understands the impact of crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events on persons with addictions (CACREP, Section III. A.9) and understand the principles of intervention for persons with addictions during times of crisis, disasters, and other trauma-causing events (CACREP, Section III. C.8).
  9. Applies assessment of clients' addictive disorders to the stages of dependence, change, or recovery to determine the appropriate treatment modality and placement criteria in the continuum of care.
  10. Understands the established diagnostic and clinical criteria for addictive disorders and describes treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.
  11. Understands the relevance and potential cultural biases of commonly used diagnostic tools as related to clients with addictive disorders in multicultural populations.

A 4-module online format which will include powerpoints, articles, and discussion questions will be utilized (which will require you answering questions much like you would be expected to during an in-person class).   

This course is taught online. Course participants login and participate at a time of day that is convenient for them. It is recommended that participants login at least 4 to 5 times per week and plan on spending 16 to 18 hours per week (combination online and offline) for 7.5 weeks to successfully complete this 3-credit course.  If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.
Restricted to Montana State University students in the Addiction Counseling Certificate, Counseling, and Health Sciences Programs.  If you are a Non-Degree seeking graduate student wishing to enroll in this class, please contact Dr. Katey Franklin.

Treatment Planning for Person-Centered Care: The Road to Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
Authors: Adams, N., & Grieder, D. M. 
Date of Publication: 2004, 2014 (either edition is fine)
Publisher: Academic Press 
ISBN 13: 978-0120441556 (2004) Hardcover ISBN: 9780123944481 (2014)

This book can be purchased from most online retailers for approximately $60 (new).

Drinking: A Love Story
Author: Knapp, C. 
Date of Publication: 1999
Publisher: Dial Press 
ISBN 13: 978-0385315548