461 Chemical Dependency and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Brown University Distance Learning Program is offering a credited, on-line course on chemical dependency and post-traumatic stress disorder.

This course will provide an overview of the connection between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Chemical Dependency. Both of the conditions will be discussed as to their diagnostic criteria, presenting symptomatology, biological aspects and predisposing variables. These often co-existing conditions will be presented in models of representation that are easily understood and have direct applicability to treatment delivery for the addiction treatment provider.


Michael Torch, MA, LADC, LCS, is an addiction treatment provider with over 25 years experience. He was recognized by the New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association in 2002 with its “Life Time Achievement Award”. Currently working in Student Assistance, Outpatient Practice, and Behavioral Health consultation, Michael has been a trainer of alcohol and drug counselors for over 25 years and currently serves on the faculty of Brown University/New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the New England School of Addiction Studies, with extensive experience treating chemically dependent adolescents and trauma victims. His professional experience includes practice in public schools, correctional environments, treating law enforcement personnel, inpatient chemical dependency programs outpatient practice and consultant to a First Nation Healing Program. He currently serves as a member of the US Probation Service’s New England Critical Incident Stress Management Team and a Clinical Consultant with the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center’s Science to Practice initiative. Mr. Torch has served on the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification Review Board in New Hampshire for 15 years, is currently a member of the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Peer Review Committee, is a member of the State Advisory Board on Juvenile Justice in New Hampshire, serves as a member of the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Advisory Committee, is Vice Chair of the Northeast Coalition for Juvenile Justice, and serves on the National Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Advisory Board.

Course Objectives

  • Describe useful models of Chemical Dependency and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Explain the developmental nature of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Examine the biology of trauma including traumatic memory and its impact on trauma symptoms and chemical dependency recovery.
  • Discuss the connection between the biology of trauma and the biology of chemical dependency.
  • Review a productive treatment protocol and discuss effective treatment interventions.

Course Requirements

This is a four-week course, beginning on January 25, 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 February 02, 2010 after which there will be no refunds.


$60.00 Certification

  • This four-week course, which begins on January 25, 2010, has been approved by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) for 8 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 8 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 8 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.

$80.00 Certification

  • This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider # 886514487) for 8 continuing education contact hours.

$100.00 Certification

  • This Brown Distance Learning Program workshop is approved by the American Psychological Association for 8 CE’s for psychologists.  The Brown Distance Learning Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

*Combined certificates are available upon request.

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: Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Explorer)
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 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: January 25, 2010 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 ‘461 Chemical Dependency PTSD’ 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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