ATOP Training

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The ATOP is a clinical review tool that can be used for a range of purposes, including for brief clinical assessment and review in treatment and for research.  The training sessions below are designed to give an overview of the tool, how to complete it, and provide ideas on the range of ways the ATOP can be included in clinical practice.



As a clinical tool, the ATOP can be used throughout treatment.  The following video describes a range of ways the ATOP can be used from brief assessment, informing care planning, monitoring progress through treatment, and communication between treatment providers. 

This video describes how to complete the ATOP. It covers the 4 main question types used in the ATOP and gives tips to address some of the common errors made when administering the ATOP.
If you are an Alcohol and other Drug clinician in a NSW Local Health District that uses Cerner Powerchart for your clinical documentation, you can plot ATOP scores over time in Cerner. This can be a useful tool for monitoring and reviewing client progress in treatment. A subsequent video will discuss the types of questions you can use to reflect on ATOP scores with a client and how to integrate the results into care planning. This video covers HOW to graph it in Cerner.

The ATOP Manual 1 provides an overview of the applications of the tool, it's development and validation, and how to administer the ATOP.  A copy of the manual can be found here.

Manual 2, Research and Service Evaluation focuses on the use of ATOP data to develop a better understanding of the profile of clients accessing treatment and their clinical outcomes. It will provide ideas on how to display, analyse and report ATOP data in a variety of ways.  A copy of the manual 2 can be found here.

The ATOP is a validated clinical tool that is used in alcohol and other drug treatment, quality improvement, and research. If you would like to use the ATOP in your clinical service or research, please get in touch with the COQI team on  A copy of the tool can be found here