10 Oct 2023 - 14 Nov 2023

6-Week Live Online Webinar Series

October 10 - November 14, 2023 | Every Tuesday | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

Clear and concise clinical documentation is an essential component of the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. This training will provide participants with an understanding of the “Golden Thread” concept of clinical documentation, and the skills to apply it to assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, continued assessment reviews and discharge summaries. Application of this concept can not only improve documentation, but can lead to a more client-centered and clinically-driven approach to care.

Educational Objectives:

  • Be able to conceptualize how the Golden Thread concept applies to a client’s whole length of treatment from intake assessment through discharge.

  • Apply the Golden Thread concept to their own work in substance use disorder treatment, through use of case studies and active participation in the training.

  • Improve clinical documentation related to assessments, treatment plans, progress notes and discharge summaries.

  • Supplement foundational knowledge related to ASAM assessments, risk ratings and levels of care recommendations.

  • Supplement foundational knowledge related to DSM 5 diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders.

  • Supplement foundational knowledge related to treatment planning, referrals and discharge planning.

Presented by: Katie Dalugoda, Amanda Hankins, CADC-S and Nick Tangeman, MSW LADC-S

Participant Commitment & Expectations:

  • Commit to 6-weeks of training for 1.5 hours weekly on scheduled series days/times and complete 30 minutes of weekly self-study learning activities.

  • Access to appropriate technology to utilize Zoom videoconferencing platform (i.e., an internet connection, webcam, laptop/tablet, speakers and microphone) as well as active participant engagement to gain/improve skills are required.

  • Participants must attend every week in order to earn the full 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). No partial credit will be issued. One (1) absence will be permitted with a valid excuse. Participants will be required to contact CASAT Learning in order to schedule a makeup session.

  • Intended Audience: This webinar series is appropriate for licensed behavioral health professionals and interns only (i.e. social work, alcohol and drug counselors, and MFT/CPC). 

ASAM Criteria: Background knowledge of the ASAM Criteria is required for this series. CASAT Learning offers a no cost self-paced online course titled, "Overview of ASAM Criteria for the Management of Client Care" that will fulfill this requirement. It is also recommended that participants have access to a printed or online copy of the ASAM Criteria manual for use throughout this webinar series. If you do not have a current ASAM manual, and would like to borrow one from CASAT for this learning series, please email

Continuing Education Units: 12 CEUs

This training is approved for continuing education by the boards listed here.

*CASAT has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6492. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CASAT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Presentation materials are not for reproduction or distribution without specific written authorization.The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in our courses are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of CASAT.


Date Tue, Oct 10 1:00 pm GMT-7 (America/Los_Angeles)
End Date Tue, Nov 14 2:30 pm GMT-8 (America/Los_Angeles)
Registration Start Date Thu, May 11 12:00 am GMT-7 (America/Los_Angeles)
Event Time Zone PDT
Capacity 30
Spots Available 0
Cut Off Date Tue, Oct 10 12:00 pm GMT-7 (America/Los_Angeles)
Individual Price $199.00 Regular
$99.50 Student/Intern/Retired
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