The LOCUS instruments are designed to be easily understood and used. They operationalize the thought process used by experienced clinicians to reach decisions regarding service needs.

Why then, is training strongly recommended? LOCUS Training familiarizes users with the underlying logic and structure of the instrument. It demonstrates the interaction between the dimensions of assessment and the mechanics of the placement algorithm.

As with all assessment processes, ambiguities will arise. Training helps clinicians process those ambiguities within the parameters of the scoring system in a uniform manner, therefore assuring highly reliable results. It also clarifies the schedules for the ongoing reassessment that ensures an accurate determination of need. Training also provides opportunities to practice applying information from clinical examples to the rating process, allowing users to resolve any questions that arise with trainers, prior to its application in actual clinical transactions.


Schedule Training

Clinical Training on LOCUS and CALOCUS is provided by the AACP. For information on training please contact:

Stephanie Smit-Dillard
[email protected]
or visit

*Training on the LOCUS family of tools is only provided to organizations that are licensed to use the tools. If your organization does not currently have a license please reach out to [email protected] to obtain a license.

Please note the following changes to training:

Effective January 15th 2024 the AACP will be launching their new online self-paced LOCUS training course. All customers that do not have an existing LOCUS training agreement with Deerfield will migrate to the new system. Customers with an existing agreement will continue to receive training from Deerfield until the agreement expires at which point training will migrate to the new system.

Training for CALOCUS will continue to be provided by Deerfield for CALOCUS customers under contract except where limited by legislation. California & Oregon customers should reach out to [email protected] at the AACP to schedule training.

If your organization has licensed the LOCUS tools and you have a training code:
click HERE to schedule your training