Dr. Hoffmann and the other authors of instruments produced by Evince Diagnostics can address a very broad range of presentation/workshop topics and consultation needs. The following is a listing of some, but not all, topics and consultations that can be addressed.

For more information on any of the listed topics or to discuss a topic not on the lists, please contact Dr. Norman G. Hoffmann via e-mail at or by phone at 828-454-9960.


Plenary presentations on clinical, management, and policy topics

  • OATS: Outcomes and Assessment-informed Treatment Services.
  • Comparison of the DSM-5 with the DSM-IV-TR for Alcohol, Cocaine, and Cannabis
  • Principles of Assessment: Getting It Right and Proving It.
  • Outcomes-based Treatment: An Alternative to Evidence-based Hype
  • Return On Investment: Making the Case for Adequate Treatment Benefits
  • AA in the Past 30 Years: A Research and Clinical Perspective
  • Why Addressing Stigma and Parity Alone Will Not Achieve Adequate Funding for Treatment
  • The Future of Addiction Treatment Systems: New Models for Maximizing Quality & Cost-Effectiveness

Skill building workshops

  • Principles of Diagnostic Assessment
  • Assessment Beyond Screening and the Biopsychosocial Interview
  • Using the SUDDS-5 for Comprehensive Assessments of Substance Use Disorders
  • Identifying Co-occurring Conditions Using the CAAPE-5 Interview for Adults
  • Identifying Co-occurring Conditions Among Adolescent Populations with the PADDI-5
  • Using the DAPPER Ratings for ASAM Criteria Based Treatment Planning, Placement, and Outcome Monitoring
  • Effective & Efficient Treatment Planning: What, Why, When, With Whom, How?
  • Achieving Better Treatment Outcomes Using Empirical and Outcome--Based Findings
  • Focused, Targeted, Cost-Conscious, Individualized Addiction Treatment
  • Keeping the Behavioral Health Team Healthy
  • Treatment Planning: Improving Documentation Skills and Clinical Use of the Treatment Plan


Program evaluation

  • Designing tailored program evaluation systems
  • Document development for program evaluations
  • Use of existing records for evaluating treatment outcomes
  • Staff development for evaluation readiness

Policy related consultations

  • Mandates: What to mandate and what not to mandate
  • Outcomes-based reimbursement approaches
  • Contracting for payers and providers: Getting what you pay for and paying for what you get

Expert testimony

  • Screening instruments and procedures for welfare agencies
  • Appropriate assessment in clinical practice