Screening and Assessing Adolescents for Substance Use Disorders: TIP 31

About the Course:

This TIP, Screening and Assessing Adolescents for Substance Use Disorders, presents information on identifying, screening, and assessing adolescents who use substances. It includes an explanation of legal issues concerning Federal and State confidentiality laws as well as guidance for screening and assessing adolescents in juvenile justice settings. This course covers Chapters 4 and 5 only.

Publication Date:




Screening and Assessing Adolescents for Substance Use Disorders was published as Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 31 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about screening and assessing adolescents for substance use disorders. It is appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Increase knowledge of legal issues regarding a youth’s right to privacy when seeking or receiving screening, assessment or treatment for substance use disorders.

  2. Describe exceptions to the general rules of confidentiality that legally apply to treatment programs.

  3. Identify the Consensus Panel’s recommendations for screening and assessment activities within the Juvenile Justice System.

Course Article

Article: Screening and Assessing Adolescents for Substance Use Disorders: TIP 31

Material covers chapter 4 and 5.

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Course Number: 101074
Total Credit Hours: 3cr
Exam Fee: $20.91
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