591 Mindfulness in Addiction Counseling

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The Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England , funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) at Brown University Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies, 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 is a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Clinical Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Social Worker with over twenty five years of clinical and teaching experience. Patricia is a nationally recognized trainer. She was on the faculty of the Rutgers Summer School of Alcohol and Drug Studies for twenty two years. She has been on the faculty of Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England at the Brown University Center of Alcohol Studies Distance Learning Program since 1999. She is currently on the faculty of the Union Institute & University undergraduate program in the Psychology & Human Development concentration and Addiction Studies Specialty. Her most recent publications include a chapter in Trauma Counseling: Theories and Interventions published by Springer, three chapters in Psychological Trauma and Addiction Treatment, published by Haworth Press and The Circle of Meaning: A Narrative Tool for Exploring the Multi-Dimensional Nature of Spirituality, published in Counselor. Patricia is a qualified member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and Certified Clinical Supervisor. She maintains a private clinical and consultation practice in Yarmouth, Maine. Visit her website at www.patriciaburke.com for more information.

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 January 09, 2012. 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 January 17, 2012 after which there will be no refunds.


$60.00 Certification

  • This four-week course, which begins on January 09, 2012, 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 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.
  • ATTC of New England DLP is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP ™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. (provider # 6463) 6 clock hours will be provided for this event.

*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 The ATTC of New England’s 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 ATTC of New England 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 09, 2012 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 ‘591 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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