ASAM, DSM-5, Clinical Applications, Treatment Planning, and Cultural Considerations: An Overview
The National AI/AN ATTC met in Santee, Nebraska as planned on October 17-18 for a two-day training. It was a very successful meeting and the presenters discussed both Western clinical approaches to diagnosis/assessment and traditional Native approaches to healing and treatment planning. We had both an in-person audience and a virtual audience totaling about 20 participants. Discussion is already underway for panning another training session in the future.
The goal of this training was to assist American Indian & Alaska Native substance abuse counselors apply components of DSM-5 and ASAM in their clinical practice. The training addressed Indigenous cultural considerations, treatment planning, and treatment placement. The final day involved practicing DSM-5 diagnosis and making appropriate treatment recommendations using ASAM criteria.
Thank you to Mr. Doug Widow Jr. and the Santee Health/ Wellness Center and the Tokaheya Takuye Program staff for hosting such a great training event. We hope to see you again in 2023.
Steven G. Steine National AI/AN ATTC Addictions Program Manager