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Assessment Tools

Alcohol Dependence Scale (ADS) series
One of the most widely used and reliable clinical tools for measuring the severity of alcohol dependence and assessing clients with alcohol problems. 
 

Asking the Right Questions 2:Talking with Clients about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Mental Health, Counselling and Addiction Settings

This manual will help counsellors create an environment where LGBTTTIQ clients feel comfortable talking about their sexual orientation and gender identity. This will allow the counsellor to best assess the needs of LGBTTTIQ clients, engage clients in a positive treatment process, develop tailored treatment plans and make appropriate referrals.​ 


The DTCQ, a companion tool to the IDTS, allows substance use counsellors and researchers to identify a client’s self-efficacy in relation to 50 drinking and/or other drug-taking situations. 
 
 
Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-20)
The DAST–20 is designed to provide a brief, simple, practical, but valid method for identifying individuals who are abusing psychoactive drugs and yield a quantitative index score of the degree of problems related to drug use and misuse. 
 
 
Inventory of Drug-Taking Situations (IDTS)​
The IDTS is a clinical tool that allows substance use counsellors and researchers to assess the situations in which a client has used alcohol and/or other drugs over the last year. 
 

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