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New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

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Virtual: Understanding ASAM Criteria for Non-Clinicians

  • April 15, 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Remote via Zoom
  • 25


A 3 hour training event with Paul Kiernan, LADC

8:30am – 11:45am on April 15, 2021

SOR Scholarship Application

This training will be remote only!

PRESENTATION: This training will focus on an introduction to the ASAM criteria and its application.  Participants will learn the 6 dimensions of the criteria, Withdrawal Management levels of care, treatment levels of care, imminent danger, continuing care criteria and discharge criteria.  Practice perspective exercises will be utilized to help participants develop a basic working application of the criteria.  As a result of this training participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the Criteria are utilized to determine patient’s treatment plans and level of care placement; 
  • Explore the fixed length of stay, program driven model and how it can result in negative outcomes; and
  • Learn about and verbalize an understanding of patient center care and patient driven lengths of stay.

ABOUT THE  PRESENTER: Paul Kiernan is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with 12 years of experience working in the field of addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Mr. Kiernan is a Project Manager at JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. and works on the New Hampshire Center for Excellence Addressing Alcohol and other Drugs, a project that provides statewide training and technical assistance (,  Mr. Kiernan works on projects specific to best practices in the treatment of substance use disorder including implementation of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  Mr. Kiernan also provides technical consultation and support for a community of practice focused on substance use disorder. 

Prior to his position at the Center for Excellence, Mr. Kiernan was the Clinical Services Specialist at the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services with the State of New Hampshire. At the Bureau, Mr. Kiernan provided technical assistance and training to agencies contracted with the State of New Hampshire as well as other state agencies upon request, audits of substance use disorder treatment records and contract monitoring and clinical oversight of these contacted agencies.  Mr. Kiernan was involved directly with the American Society of Addiction Medicine for the state role out of the CONTNIUUM Assessment patient placement software.  He also served on several committees including the New Hampshire State Internal Review Board, the Behavioral Health Equity Work Group and the Sentinel Event Review Team.

Mr. Kiernan also has years of experience working as a clinician providing services in residential withdrawal management, outpatient services and intensive outpatient programs. He spent the majority of his career working in intensive outpatient services at the Nathan Brody Program at Horizons Counseling Center.

REGISTRATION FEE:  *Registration $40,   *NBCC add $5. Scholarships are available for this training.  Please apply using the SOR Scholarship application. For More Information Contact:

3 Contact Hours Available
CRSW Performance Domains: 2

LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 1, 3, 6, 7, 9-11, 15-18

Certified Prevention Specialist Domains: 6
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category A) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

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“ASAM,” “American Society of Addiction Medicine,” “ASAM Logo,” the ASAM logos and taglines, are registered trademarks of ASAM, and are used with permission.  Use of these terms is prohibited without permission of ASAM.  Use of these trademarks does not constitute endorsement of this training, product, or practice by ASAM. 

PLEASE NOTE: Only one registrant per form.  For multiple registrants you must register each one individually.  Registration is not complete or guaranteed until payment is received.  Payment by means other than credit card may slow down completion of registration.  Checks and cash are still accepted, however, your registration will be placed on a pending list until payment is received.  We strongly encourage payment by credit card for trainings of high demand topics.  Thank you.

This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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