468 Mindfulness in Addiction Counseling

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Brown University Distance Learning Program is offering a credited, on-line course on mindfulness in addiction counseling.

Mindfulness is non-judgmental awareness that offers people a larger perspective and broader context within which they can view their problems, including addictions. In recent years, mindfulness has become an integral part of a variety of therapeutic approaches such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Behavioral Relapse Prevention. Clinical research has demonstrated that these mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches reduce medical and psychological symptoms, help people find greater meaning and satisfaction in their lives and recovery, prevent relapse, and enhance psychological resilience. This four week course will explore key concepts and practices of mindfulness and present a method for integrating mindfulness specifically into addiction counseling. The course is intended for those currently counseling people with addiction issues, or anyone interested in gaining more knowledge about mindfulness and incorporating mindfulness practices into their daily lives in order to alleviate suffering.


Patricia A. Burke, MSW, LCSW is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, a Certified Clinical Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Social Worker, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor with over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience. She is also a qualified member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She has been on the faculty of the Rutgers Summer School of Alcohol and Drug Studies since 1989 and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England since 1999. She has taught for the schools of social work at the University of Southern Maine, University of New England, and Rutgers University. She is currently on the faculty of Union University & Institute BA program where she teaches in the Psychology & Human Development and Religion, Spirituality & Holistic Studies concentrations.

Most recently she was on the Expert Advisory Board of Managing Depressive Symptoms in Substance Abuse Clients During Early Recovery, Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 48 (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2008). Other recent publications include three chapters in Psychological Trauma and Addiction Treatment (Haworth Press, 2006) titled Psychological Trauma and Addiction Treatment, Enhancing Hope and Resilience Through a Spiritually Sensitive Focus in the Treatment of Trauma and Addiction, and Clinician Self-Care. Patricia maintains a private clinical and consulting practice in West Baldwin and Yarmouth, Maine. You can learn more about her work at www.patriciaburke.com

Course Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe and evaluate the theoretical underpinnings and rational for mindfulness as a therapeutic tool in addiction counseling.
  • Participants will be able to describe the diversity of ways mindfulness can be integrated into mindfulness-based therapies.
  • Participants will be able to apply a method for integrating mindfulness specifically into addiction counseling.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate the potential usefulness of mindfulness practices in addiction counseling contexts.

Course Requirements

This is a four-week course, beginning on March 01, 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 March 09, 2010 after which there will be no refunds.


$60.00 Certification

  • This four-week course, which begins on March 01, 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.

$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: March 01, 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 ‘468 Mindfulness’ 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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