Brown University Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies: Distance Learning Program

505 Battered Women and Addictions

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The Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England , funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) at Brown University Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies, is offering a credited, on-line course on substance use disorders within intimate partner violence of women.

Domestic violence and substance abuse are two separate but interrelated issues which are pervasive in today's society. These are chronic issues which are punctuated by acute incidents that require professional interventions which are best provided within an integrated, comprehensive continuum of care by culturally appropriate treatment staff. The goal of this course is to provide mental health, substance abuse and violence prevention professionals with philosophies and treatment options to treat women and their families who are effected by domestic violence and substance abuse. This will be accomplished through on-line presentations, additional readings question & answer activities.


Deoshore Haig, MSW, has twenty-five years of experience working with culturally diverse communities and managing health and human service programs. As an independent consultant, Ms. Haig's services include designing and facilitating diversity and cultural competency training, developing health promotion programs, conducting program evaluations and providing technical assistance for organizational development. Deoshore has also served as a Special Guest Lecturer at Providence College, teaching diversity and cultural skills through the Social Work Department.

Ms. Haig received her BA from Potsdam College and has a Masters in Social Work from Rhode Island College. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and volunteers as a Health Advocate for the Health Connection Program through Lifespan.

Course Objectives

  • To define the issues of domestic violence and substance abuse
  • To explore the relationship between domestic violence and substance abuse
  • To explore the role of socialization and gender issues in domestic violence and substance abuse
  • To describe treatment interventions in the treatment of domestic violence and substance abuse
  • To assist professionals in developing referral sources, locating shelters and other resources

Course Requirements

This is a five-week course, beginning on August 30, 2010. Requirements are:

  • Required on-line reading (one hour per week)
  • Completion of pre and post test
  • Completion of weekly homework assignments (one hour per week)
  • Participation in the weekly course forum
  • Completion of an on-line course evaluation

*Please note that there are no real time events associated with this course. Lessons will be posted on the class home page on Tuesday and responses are due the following Monday. With the exception of the first weeks lesson which will be posted Monday with the responses due the following Monday. Assignments can be accessed at the participant's convenience.

A full refund is available up until September 07, 2010 after which there will be no refunds.


$60.00 Certification

  • This five-week course, which begins on August 30, 2010, has been approved by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) for 10 educational credits. It is being provided by the Brown Distance Learning program, which is accredited as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider (#000151).
  • This course is approved by the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) for 10 Category 1 continuing education for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC's). The CCB is an IC&RC affiliate.
  • The New York State OASAS does accept distance learning CEUs provided by institutions of higher learning for individuals pursuing or renewing a CASAC, CPP or CPS.

*Combined certificates are available upon request.

Certificates will be immediately printable from the course homepage to participants in the program for its duration who submit all required materials.

Please contact your local certification board to verify reciprocity or acceptance of The ATTC of New England's Distance Learning contact hours.

To participate, you must have:

  • An E-mail address and the capacity to retrieve and send E-mail;
  • Access to World Wide Web (the following programs provide WWW access: Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Explorer)
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher is the preferred browser for ATTC of New England DLP online courses
  • The ability to navigate the World Wide Web
  • A basic understanding of how to use a computer and send and receive email


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