Module 2: Screening for Substance Misuse Using the WHO ASSIST

Administering and Scoring the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST)

Overview: Module 2 describes how to screen for substance use disorders and high risk substance use in health care & social services settings.

Objectives: Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the main features of the ASSIST and how to use this screening test in health care settings
  • Properly score the screening test and interpret the results

Course Delivery: Online self-paced course, open enrollment

Training Video: SBIRT Module 2 Training Video (Please use Internet Explorer for the best viewing experience.)

Materials and Manual:

Knowledge Quiz: To test your comprehension, please complete the 5-question Knowledge Quiz after viewing the Training Video and studying the accompanying materials. You are required to complete this Knowledge Quiz if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are completing these Modules for Continuing Education Credit
  • You are completing these Modules as a prerequisite to an in-person, skills-building session conducted by the SBIRT Training Institute

Video Demonstrations:

An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing


Alcohol and Vicodin Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment in Emergency Room


Tobacco and Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in Primary Care Clinic