689 Chemical Dependency and Women

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 chemical dependency and women.

This four-session course will examine the unique issues for chemically dependent women. Using websites, readings and interactive assignments, participants will develop knowledge and skills related to women and relationships, domestic violence, trauma, women’s health care and co-occurring disorders. This course will give participants an understanding of the aforementioned issues and what their role is in providing comprehensive services to women. Participants, who take this course, should have a working knowledge of substance use, abuse, and dependency.

The following publications and video will be used and referenced during the course:

  • TIP 25: Substance Abuse Treatment and Domestic Violence http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64437/
  • TIP 36: Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Child Abuse and Neglect Issues. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64901/
  • TIP 37: Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with HIV/AIDS http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64923/
  • TIP 51: Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK83252/
  • Addressing the Needs of Women and Girls: Developing Core Competencies for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Professionals http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA11-4657/SMA11-4657.pdf
  • Intensive Interventions Reduce Risky Sexual Behaviors: http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2011/07/intensive-interventions-reduce-risky-sexual-behaviors
  • Substance Abuse Evaluated Among Women With Children: http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2010/12/substance-abuse-evaluated-among-women-children
  • Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations – A Research Based Guide:
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: Women and Sex/Gender Differences Research. http://ww2.drugabuse.gov/whgd/WHGDIntro.html
  • Participants will also be viewing the Recovery Month Webcast: Treatment Approaches for Women. It can be downloaded from SAMHSA at: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/DVD206.
  • Instructor

    Susanne Smoller L-RCSW, CASAC, CPP, ACSW, is an independent organizational consultant specializing in substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. Susanne has worked in a variety of substance abuse settings with positions ranging from line worker to program director. Susanne also has experience as a Case Manager and Crime Victim Advocate. Susanne has also been a consultant on research grants regarding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual teens; bridging substance abuse treatment research to practice; and New York State Expanded Syringe Access Demonstration Program (ESAP). Susanne started her own consulting practice in 2001 and became a Qualified Myers Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner. As an independent consultant, Susanne has been a strong advocate for syringe disposal and needle exchange in Long Island, NY. She has also expanded her work with HIV+ consumers, providing workshops on treatment information and risk reduction. Susanne also provides technical assistance consulting for federal grantees across the country on a variety of issues, including program sustainability and staff training needs. Susanne is currently an instructor at Molloy College’s Chemical Dependency Certificate Program. Susanne was named Social Worker of the year in 1998 by the local division of the National Association of Social Workers and in 2006, Nassau County PTA Volunteer of the Year.

    Course Objectives

    • Describe the unique issues of chemically dependent women.
    • Write a proper treatment plan and make referrals as needed.
    • Describe at least three issues unique to chemically dependent women
    • Identify and address at least three barriers for chemically dependent women to access and maintain recovery
    • Utilize at least three ways to support women dealing with issues of trauma and violence.
    • Course Requirements

      This is a four-week course, beginning on May 27, 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 June 04, 2013 after which there will be no refunds.


      $60.00 Certification

      • This four-week course, which begins on May 27, 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) 3 clock hours will be provided for this event.

      *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


      REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 20, 2013 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 (have your credit card ready). On the Enrollment page select ‘689 SA and Women’ using the left pull down menu. Use the right pull down menu to select the type of certificate you wish to receive. Once both the course and certificate type have been selected click the Enroll and Pay button. Complete your payment by filling in all required fields and following all on screen prompts. Once your payment has been processed your registration has been concluded. To register using alternate forms of payment (check, money order, or invoice) contact [email protected] for registration processing. To view payment information please use the payment policies.

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