Brief Intervention - ASSIST
$9.00 | CEU Hours:3.00 | Intermediate*This course is not approved for NBCC renewal. Please see our NBCC category of courses here.
CEU Course Description
This CE course explains the theoretical basis and evidence for the effectiveness of brief interventions and to assist primary health care workers in conducting a simple brief intervention for clients whose substance use is putting them at risk. Topics described in this course include: the rationale for brief intervention in primary care; a model of behavior change; the components of brief interventions that work; examples of ASSIST-linked brief interventions; and principles of motivational interviewing and essential skills. Additional information include how to: link the ASSIST screening procedure with a brief intervention; give feedback to clients; conduct brief intervention for people at moderate risk; help clients who inject drugs; address multiple substance use; and give longer or recurrent intervention.
1. Describe the rationale for providing brief intervention in primary care settings for patients whose substance use is putting them at risk.
2. Discuss the principles and essential skills of brief intervention and motivational interviewing.
3. Outline the components of Assist-linked brief interventions and provide examples.
4. Identify strategies to provide productive feedback to clients during the intervention process.
5. Review the stages of behavioral change for those considering alteration in substance use habits or in other lifestyle choices.