About New England ATTC Distance Learning Program

The New England ATTC Distance Learning Program began in 1997 as a collaborative effort between Brown University’s Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies (CAAS) and the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center, which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. When the program was originally chartered, it provided one continuing education course per month to addiction treatment specialists and other interested treatment professionals through convenient "cyber" classrooms. Since that time, the Distance Learning Program has significantly expanded its capacity, and currently, offers an average of five courses per month covering a broad range of addiction-related treatment and prevention topics. To date, the program has provided training to participants from all fifty United States, including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and nearly fifty foreign countries on six continents.

The backbone of the Distance Learning Program has been its instructor-led courses with a diverse cadre of expert instructors from across the United States. The program’s instructors are seasoned presenters and are regularly evaluated based on student reviews to ensure top-quality instruction and consistency. Over the years, the program has employed over 30 instructors, adding two new instructors to the pool each year, on average.

In recent years the Distance Learning Program has evolved with the times and has recently introduced self-paced courses. These self-directed courses are shorter in length, do not require an instructor, targeting specific topics by offering a condensed, introductory approach to address current issues affecting our society today and equipping our workforce with the necessary tools to address them.