Treatment Planning and Discharge in Substance Abuse Treatment

Every client who enters treatment after a screening and initial assessment is examined through an extensive assessment process that allows clinicians to ascertain each particular client’s problems or needs. These problems or needs, are then transferred onto the treatment plan or referred to for creating client goals. This is a collaborative process, therefore once the treatment plan is complete, the clients “sign off” on the treatment plan in agreement.


This course will assist the candidate in:steps to effective treatment planning such as:

  • obtaining and interpreting all relevant assessment information
  • explaining the assessment findings to the client and significant others involved in potential treatment
  • providing the client and significant others with clarification and further information as needed
  • examining treatment implications in collaboration with the client and significant others
  • confirming the readiness of the client and significant others to participate in treatment
  • prioritizing client needs in the order they will be addressed.
  • formulating mutually agreed upon and measurable treatment outcome statements for each need.
  • identifying appropriate strategies for each outcome
  • coordinating treatment activities and community resources with prioritized client needs in a manner consistent with the client’s diagnosis and existing placement criteria.
  • developing with the client a mutually acceptable plan of action and method for monitoring and evaluating progress.
  • informing client of confidentiality rights, program procedures that safeguard these rights and the exceptions imposed by regulation
  • reassessing the treatment plan at regular intervals and/or when indicated by circumstances.

Candidates will compete eight assignments related to the specific tasks involved in treatment planning and will be evaluated by their completion of these assignments.