Training Frequently Asked Questions

What will I learn?

SASSI training is offered in two sessions. In Session I: Administration & Scoring you will learn how the SASSI was developed and how it should be used, administration & scoring of the adult and adolescent SASSI questionnaires, and basic knowledge of the individual scales. In Session II: Clinical Interpretation you will learn the clinical use of the SASSI scales, screening and assessment information, and how to give feedback to the client.

How long is training?

Each session is approximately 3.5 hours.

What is the cost of the training?

SASSI Training online is $60 per session . Live online training is also available for agencies/organizations wishing to provide a private training for their staff only. For a quote on a private agency (8-10 minimum) live online training please click here. The cost of live in-person training varies by location. This is due to the fact that our instructors are independent contractors, each with their own expenses involved in presenting the workshops. You may click on the name of the city where you are interested in attending training to view additional registration information, if available, including cost.

Can anyone attend training?

Anybody who needs to screen for alcohol & drug related disorders is encouraged to attend. There are no prerequisites or specific qualifications needed to register for training. 

Do I get continuing education credits?

Yes. The SASSI Institute, Inc. is approved to give 3.5 CEs for each session of training by the National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) and Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP). NAADAC CEUs are accepted by many other boards, for a full list click here. Some of our instructors are approved to give other Credits for varying Boards in their state. We suggest you contact the instructor who is offering the workshop you are planning to attend to find out what other credits they may be offering. For workshops in Canada, including online courses, we are approved by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 3.5 core CEUs for session.

Do I have to attend training prior to using and/or purchasing the SASSI?

Training is not mandatory for human service practitioners whose certification and/or professional training includes assessment (e.g., psychologist, social workers, certified addiction counselors, etc.). If you do not have this professional, training you can still administer and score the SASSI if there is appropriate supervision without attending training. However, the SASSI is a carefully developed assessment instrument it requires proper administration, scoring and interpretation. Therefore, eligibility to purchase is limited to the above listed human service practitioners. If you do not have this professional training and do not have appropriate supervision, then you must provide proof of training in order to purchase the SASSI. (It is suggested that you contact your state or provincial government for specific information on the laws regulating assessment and testing in your area.)

Is there training for the Spanish SASSI?

We do not offer training on the Spanish version; however, training online does demonstrate the scoring of the instrument. The scoring procedure is exactly the same as other SASSIs. Also, we recommend against using the scale scores to develop clinical hypothesis. However, SASSI clinicians are pleased to assist anyone who may need help with administration and scoring by calling 800.726.0526 option 2.

Is there training on the BADDS?

Yes, training on the BADDS is offered, but only online. The cost for BADDS training is $40 per person and is approved for 3.5 credits for each session of training by the National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) and the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 3.5 core CEUs for session. Please visit our online training page for additional information.

Can I get a replacement certificate if I lost mine?

Yes. If we are able to locate record of your attendance at a certified SASSI or BADDS training we would be happy to replace your certificate at no cost. It is important that you filled out all documentation at the workshop in order for us to verify your attendance. 

Request a Replacement Training Certificate online