Adolescent Chemical Dependency: Current Perspectives And Treatment Approaches

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Brown University Distance Learning Program is offering a credited, on-line course on motivational interviewing.

This workshop will review current perspectives on this very difficult treatment population. A discussion of the participants’ experiences with the clinically challenging tasks of treating adolescents and their families will occur. A number of effect treatment techniques and approaches will be presented. Specific topics to be reviewed will include: Developmentally appropriate assessment techniques, bio-genetic influences and consequences, neurological functioning and condition progression. As well as intervention and recovery strategies that are developmentally functional and engaging that combine cognitive behavioral and 12 step approaches.


Michael Torch, M.A., L.A.D.C., C.C.S., an addiction treatment provider with over 20 years experience. Currently working in Student Assistance, Outpatient Practice, and Behavioral Health consultation. He has been a trainer of alcohol and drug counselors for over 15 years, with extensive experience treating chemically dependent trauma victims in Public Schools, Correctional environments, law enforcement personnel, inpatient chemical dependency programs, and outpatient practice. Mr. Torch has served on the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification Review Board in New Hampshire for 15 years, is Chair of the State Advisory Board on Juvenile Justice, member of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Juvenile Justice, and Chair of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Forum.

Course Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the developmental differences between adolescent and adult chemical dependency.
  • Identify the current adolescent use patterns and their relationship to effective treatment techniques.
  • Gain an understanding of the neurological conditioning that creates cognitive barriers to recovery for this population.
  • Discuss some productive activities that are useful with patients.
  • Interact with others that understand why we want to work with this population.

Course Requirements

This is a five-week course 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.

The total cost of this course is $60.00 the course payment is due by the start date of the course. A full refund is available up until the posting of the second lesson, after which there will be no refunds.


This five-week course, 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 meets the qualifications for 10 hours of continuing education credit for MFCC’s and/or LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE#1917). This course is approved by the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) for ten 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. Certificates will be mailed within two weeks 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 Brown 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: Netscape, Apple CyberDog, and Microsoft Explorer)
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher is the preferred browser for Brown 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


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The course start date or when the course limit is reached.

To register for this course please log into your account or create your account then log into your account and click the Enroll in a New Course link at the bottom of your account page. On the Enrollment page select the course you wish to register for using the pull down menu and click on the enroll button.  Having enrolled into the course you will be prompted for payment. You may make your payment online or by regular mail. To view payment information please use the payment policies.

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