Overview of Assessment Session: Building Rapport and Assessing Marijuana Use

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes (1 hour, 20 minutes for session; 10 minutes to prepare PFR)

Delivery Method: MET-focused individual therapy

Materials (all forms include instructions and are at the end of this section):

Sample Timeline Follow-Back Calendar for past month (form AS1)

Timeline Follow-Back Grid (form AS2)

Timeline Follow-Back Marijuana Use Summary Sheet (form AS3)

Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (form AS4)

Marijuana Problem Scale (form AS5)

Reasons for Quitting Questionnaire (form AS6)

Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (form AS7)

Personal Feedback Report and percentage tables (form AS8)

Goals for This Session:

• To build rapport with the client, creating a nonthreatening therapeutic environment

• To collect and document baseline marijuana use information to monitor therapeutic Outcomes

Session Outline:

1. Build rapport and give an overview of the assessment process

2. Conduct an overview assessment using open-ended and summary questions

3. Use the timeline follow-back (TLFB) method to assess marijuana use

• Complete the TLFB Calendar (form AS1)

• Complete the TLFB Grid (form AS2)

• Complete the TLFB Marijuana Use Summary Sheet (form AS3)

4. Administer the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (form AS4)

• Assess substance dependence

• Assess substance abuse

5. Explain and ask client to complete the Marijuana Problem Scale (form AS5); evaluate consequences of marijuana use

6. Administer Reasons for Quitting Questionnaire (form AS6); evaluate reasons for seeking treatment

7. Explain and ask client to complete Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (form AS7); assess targets for intervention

8. Conclude the session

9. Prepare the PFR before session 1