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Brown University Distance Learning Program is offering a credited, on-line course on core functions of addictions.

Every day, countless lives are enriched or saved because of the work carried out by addiction counselors. In a myriad of settings, competent, well-trained counselors form the relationships and carry out the strategies that help their clients move from life-threatening addiction to life-affirming recovery.

We can state with certainty that thousands of addiction counselors accomplish their missions with distinction. We also know, however, that even specialists in the addictions field have not traditionally been able to define with clarity the professional standards that should guide their work. What is the scope of practice that is appropriate for an addiction counselor? What are the competencies that are most likely to be associated with positive outcomes? What knowledge, skills, and attitudes should be shared by all members of the addiction counseling profession? The central purpose of this course is to address those questions.


Kevin Scheel, MS, MAC, LMFT, Director of Educational Services for Distance Learning Center for Addiction Studies ( Mr. Scheel has more than 25 years of experience in the chemical dependency field and has been an instructor/trainer for the past 15 years. He has a Master’s of Science in Counseling and Guidance with specialization in Addiction Treatment from the University of Nebraska.

Course Objectives

  • Provide an overview to the current role of addiction counseling
  • Discuss ICRC’s 12-Core Functions as they relate to the addiction field Review and contrast CSAT’s TAP Publication #21: Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice
  • Review current research findings that provide new guidance and direction in treatment approaches
  • Create new links to state and federal sites that will provide ongoing information

Course Requirements

This is a five-week course, beginning on March 08, 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 16, 2010 after which there will be no refunds.


$60.00 Certification

  • This five-week course, which begins on March 08, 2010, 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 10 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 10 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


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