Battered Women and Addictions

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Brown University Distance Learning Program and The Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England, are offering a credited, on-line course on dual diagnosis treatment.

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.


Steve Horovitz is the Clinical Director of the Center for Behavioral Health, an outpatient substance abuse treatment program that specializes in the treatment of opioid addiction. He holds a Master’s Degree in Agency Counseling from Rhode Island College and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Clinical Supervisor. He has over 20 years experience providing substance abuse treatment services in a variety of program settings. Steve provides trainings for the Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England (ATTC-NE), the RI Council of Community Health Organizations and the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association of RI (DATA). Steve served for 5 years as Board President of RICAREs, Chairperson of the RI Independent Peer Review Committee, and is the current Chairperson of the RI Board of Licensing for Chemical Dependency Professionals. Steve is certified as an HIV Pre & Post Test Counselor, a US Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional, a Certified Criminal Justice Professional, a Qualified Mental Health Professional, and an ICRC/AODA Case Presentation method Evaluator.

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 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.

For a list of current Brown University Distance Learning courses, please go to the following site: Please Bookmark this site for future references. Course announcements will be made via the Brown University Online Course Announcement Listserve 6-8 weeks prior to the start of each course. If you would like to be subscribed to this list, please contact Monte Bryant, Program Administrator, at Monte Bryant, or (401) 863-6606.

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