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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 teaching self advocacy.

It’s understandable that treatment professionals might ask clients to abandon their own decision making process and accept the advice of someone trained in helping clients deal with the specific problems that led them to seek treatment. But this can be a very big mistake.

TEACHING SELF-ADVOCACY is designed to help counselors, social workers, and addiction professionals equip their clients for lifelong success. It offers suggestions for helping clients develop, rather than abandon, their own decision making process and their ability to advocate for themselves. This is much more supportive of long-term recovery than blind obedience to someone else’s direction.

Teaching self-advocacy helps in several ways:

  • It makes return to the problem behavior less likely. Some clients can follow instructions while in our care, but are unable to apply principles of recovery to their post-treatment life. When principles of living and self-advocacy skills are developed in clients, they internalize them. Clients who try to follow an externally imposed set of guidelines are more likely to abandon them.
  • It increases self-efficacy. Clients’ self-esteem gets healthier as they take a bigger role in their own decisions. This helps them from attributing too much of their success to the counselor, builds self-confidence, and makes clients happier.
  • It helps clients handle not only the current presenting problem, but also helps resolve future problems and achieve goals.

Goal: To reduce relapse and promote long-term recovery by training providers in teaching self-advocacy.


Nicholas A. Roes, Ph.D. ( is an author, and Executive Director of New Hope Manor, an all female residential substance abuse treatment center in Barryville, New York. He has written six books, and more than 1,000 articles on a wide range of topics. His magazine column,”Road to Recovery” (, appears in each issue of Addiction Professional magazine, the official publication of NAADAC and many other professional organizations.

Nick’s PhD, in Addictions Counseling, is from Westbrook University. He is a CASAC (Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor), CJC (Criminal Justice Counselor), APA Diplomate (American Psychotherapy Association), Affiliate Member of the APPA (American Philosophical Practioners Association), and IABMCP Professional Counseling Diplomate (International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling, and Psychotherapy). His master and bachelor degrees are from the University of Bridgeport, CT.

Nick has been an adjunct instructor for Marist College, and a guest lecturer at Rutgers University and Stevens Institute of Technology. He is also a faculty member of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Bureau of Workforce Development and a frequent presenter of workshops and trainings for addiction professionals.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate concepts and principles of recovery
  • Explain need to be met by self-advocacy
  • Compile resources needed for self-advocacy
  • Demonstrate how to teach self-advocacy

Course Requirements

This is a four-week course, beginning on May 20, 2013. 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 May 28, 2013 after which there will be no refunds.


$60.00 Certification

  • This four-week course, which begins on May 20, 2013, 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) 2 clock hours will be provided for this event.

$80.00 Certification

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

*Combined certificates are available upon request.

Certificates will be immediately printable from the course homepage 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


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