Linking Substance Abuse and Interpersonal Violence: Implications for Effective Interventions

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Brown University Distance Learning Program and ADCARE Educational Institute, are offering a credited, on-line course on interpersonal violence.

Assuming a basic understanding of addictions theory and intervention, the course will focus on a review of theoretical models of interpersonal violence and their related interventions. A review of current research linking the two major social issues will be provided. The knowledge developed from this research base will provide a framework for discussing the implications for effective interventions involving systems (substance abuse treatment, courts and intervention programs) as well as individual and group interventions for offenders.


William J. Pellicio, MA, LICSW, LCDP is an Assistant Professor at the Community College of Rhode Island and an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Social Work at Rhode Island College. He is co-director of the Center for the Study of Interpersonal Violence, a program of the Community College of Rhode Island and has done extensive clinical work in both substance abuse and interpersonal violence and is nearing completion of his doctoral studies at Boston University.

Course Objectives

  • To become familiar with current theories of interpersonal violence and the intervention models which are driven from those theories.
  • To become aware of historical and current research which has established connections between substance abuse and interpersonal violence.
  • To develop effective interventions which are capable of addressing both issues from both systems and individual perspectives.

Course Requirements

This is a five-week course 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.

The total cost of this course is $60.00 the course payment is due by the start date of the course. A full refund is available up until the posting of the second lesson, after which there will be no refunds.


This four-week course, 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 ten 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. 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: Netscape, Apple CyberDog, and Microsoft Explorer)
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 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: The course start date or when the course limit is reached.

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