693 Strength Based Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

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 substance abuse treatment for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

This course is a continuation of the “Understanding the Language of Warriors: Substance Abuse Treatment for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans” which provided basic counseling skills to help counselors build a therapeutic alliance. Once a counselor understands the unique culture of the separate U.S. Military branches, additional clinical skills from evidence-based therapy models can help to create positive change in the life of the veteran client.

This eight hour course addresses the following TAP 21 Core Competencies: Application to Practice/Professional Readiness (4hours) and Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge (4hours)

The content is presented in four consecutive weeks will discuss strength based treatment interventions that match the needs of the veteran client in treatment for alcohol and, or, drug abuse. The primary skills used in the following treatment models: Solution-focused (de Shazer, 1988); Reality therapy (Glasser, 2001); Motivational Enhancement Therapy (Miller, 1995); will be presented in weekly lessons and case examples. Additional resiliency based treatment interventions will be discussed when appropriate.

Treatment interventions that address the needs of the substance abuse veteran who is recovering from alcohol and, or, drug abuse without a DSM IV (APA, 2000) diagnoses, and with the following mental health diagnoses: Depression, Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, TBI, and family relationship issues will be addressed. Each week will require one hour reading in the lesson to be followed by one hour homework response which will provide the opportunity to integrate knowledge.


Dee Lexandra, Ph.D., MSW, Florida LCSW and Certified Addiction Professional, has been actively involved in addiction treatment in Florida for the past 22 years, her focus for more than 12 years, was group work in psychiatric and substance abuse in-patient and out-patient hospital treatment programs. Recently, over the past six years she has worked primarily as a consultant on the behalf of behavioral health organizations in support of the U.S. Military Service members and their families throughout national and international U.S. Military Installations. The focus of her professional experiences in addiction treatment include: education, training, research, counseling, and consulting. Dr. Lexandra received her Ph.D. in Family Therapy as a result of her study about what the client believed “worked” in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and is a Florida Certified Addiction Professional.

Course Objectives

  • List and describe skills of strength based treatment models that match the resiliency of veterans.
  • Assess the different treatment needs of veterans based on DSM IV TR (2000) diagnoses or non-clinical diagnoses.
  • Demonstrate the application of strength based treatment model skills with veterans that are recovering from alcohol and, or, drug abuse in case example exercises.
  • Select community resources that support treatment for resiliency based evidence-based treatment for veterans.

Course Requirements

This is a four-week course, beginning on June 10, 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 18, 2013 after which there will be no refunds.


$60.00 Certification

  • This four-week course, which begins on June 10, 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) 12 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: June 03, 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 ‘693 S.U.D. Treatment for Iraq and Afghanistan Vets’ 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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