This two-day training course is designed to teach participants how to complete the Level of Care Utilization System for Psychiatric and Addiction Services, (LOCUS) 2010 Instrument and to be trainers on the use of this tool. This class will be a combination of lecture, and participant application of LOCUS using case vignettes.

LOCUS P.A.S. Program Objectives:

  1. Understand the context of LOCUS in clinical decision making which includes the assessment for the immediate needs of the client and monitoring changes in client status or placement over time.
  2. Understand three basic components of the instrument (the evaluation parameters for assessment needs, six levels of service care and the scoring methodology).
  3. Understand each LOCUS dimension as it relates to specific behavior conditions exhibited by the client.
  4. Understand the levels of care as outlined in the instrument.
  5. Understand how the measured needs of a client translates to a level of care placement using one of the scoring methods (includes admissions, continued stay reviews, and discharge planning).
  6. Understand how to resolve differences between the recommended level of care obtained from LOCUS and those determined on the basic of clinical judgment.
  7. Demonstrate a level of competency using the LOCUS instrument and the necessary knowledge to train others on the use of this instrument.
  8. Understand how LOCUS fidelity is demonstrated through reliability and validity measures.
  9. Develop techniques to assist their future learners in problem solving through LOCUS challenges.
  10. Examine core skills needed to assess the competency of those they train.


​Who Should Attend:  This training contains appropriate content for Intake Staff, Assessment Staff, Clinicians, Case Managers, and Social Workers (beginning, intermediate and/or advanced practitioners) who work in the Michigan public health system


Deerfield Behavioral Health, Inc. Is the number 1 provider of LOCUS© trainings. This program is designed to equip participants with the skills necessary to train others on the appropriate use of the LOCUS 2010 instrument. In this training, participants will gain a strong understanding of the foundation and principles used in the development of this instrument and have the capacity to accurately complete, score and train others. Didactic and experiential methods will be used to help illustrate and practice the principles found in these instruments. Each participant will receive a LOCUS 2010 Training Manual, a copy of the slides used during the training session and a Trainer Tip Sheet. In order to be certified as a LOCUS 2010 Trainer, the participant will need to pass the post-test and accurately score a case vignette.

LOCUS P.A.S. Train the Trainer 2018