471 Understanding and Utilizing Twelve Step Programs

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Brown University Distance Learning Program is offering a credited, on-line course on understanding and utilizing twelve step programs.

Twelve-Step programs are an important component in the treatment of addictions. They are often one of the few options available to recovering addicts and alcoholics as an on-going aftercare component. However, many clinicians have limited knowledge about these programs which impedes the clinician’s ability to make successful referrals to 12 Step programs and/or to help the client resolve questions and concerns about such programs.

This introductory course is designed to orient mental health and addictions professionals to the philosophies and practices of 12 Step programs. Through on-line presentation, additional readings, and attendance at an open 12 Step meeting, participants will enhance their knowledge of these programs and increase their effective utilization of them in referral and treatment planning.


This program will be taught by Jim Wuelfing, BA, NRPP, CPP-R. Jim is owner of the New England Center, a company dedicated to quality training and technical assistance services. He has many specialties including, prevention, community awareness, curriculum development, peer education, stress management and problem gambling prevention. The New England Center presently holds contracts with the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling and the DMHAS Compulsive Gambling Treatment Program as well several agencies, colleges and universities. He has trained professionals around the country and in Europe. Jim has been on the faculty of the New England School of Alcohol Studies for eight years. Prior to owning his own business, Jim was the Training Manager at the ETP Center in East Hartford, CT and served for thirteen years as an Associate Dean of Students at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.

Course Objectives

  • To provide a basic understanding of the philosophy behind 12 Step programs by exploring AA literature, the Preamble of Alcoholics Anonymous, and attending an open meeting
  • To provide a basic understanding of the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and how the many other programs evolved out of AA
  • To explore the 12 Steps themselves as a spiritual program of recovery from addictions
  • To experience an open meeting of AA, make journal entries and share the journal with other class members
  • To provide a forum for questions raised from the experience of attending a meeting as well as practical applications in referral and discussions with clients

Course Requirements

This is a five-week course, beginning on March 15, 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 23, 2010 after which there will be no refunds.


$60.00 Certification

  • This five-week course, which begins on March 15, 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


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 15, 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 ‘471 Understanding 12 Steps’ 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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