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Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Initiation for SUD
SUD 101 Core Curriculum Overview

Curriculum overview:  While healthcare professionals are often on the front lines of treating substance use disorders, most have limited (if any) training in this area. The SUD 101 Core Curriculum was created to provide a foundation of the current research, resources, and support needed to increase healthcare professionals’ competence and confidence in the care of their patients across the continuum of care. This activity, Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Initiation for SUD, is part of the 23-module curriculum. Please see below for a summary of module 3 out of 23:
Module 3 Overview
Title: Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Initiation for SUD  

Derek Blevins, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University; Division on Substance Use Disorders, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Module Description: Risky substance use and substance use disorders may often go unrecognized in primary care settings, either due to insufficient screening or provider discomfort with how to manage a positive screening. There are several brief, simple, validated screening tools that can provide information to indicate risky substance use or the possible presence of a substance use disorder. This information can inform providers as to whether a simple brief intervention or a referral to treatment is warranted. This module will: introduce screening tools related to drug and alcohol use; review more detailed substance use, medical, and psychiatric assessment considerations; demonstrate effective strategies for brief interventions; and discuss considerations for treatment referrals. 

Educational Objectives:

  • Screen and assess for substance use disorders (SUD) and co-morbid disorders
    • Use brief and extended screening tools
    • Evaluate physical health as related to SUD
    • Evaluate mental health as related to SUD
  • Utilize Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) strategies and principles
  • Utilize motivational interviewing strategies
  • Describe continuum of care and models of SUD treatment
  • Apply good clinical judgment and/or American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria when referring to treatment
  • Integrate screening, assessment, and ASAM criteria for SUD treatment referrals.
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Jan 12, 2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 PA-CME Credit
1 Other Professionals Credit
1 Nursing Credit
1 Pharmacy Credit
1 IPCE Credit
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