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Summer School General Information




2018 New England Summer School of Addiction and Prevention Studies

Worcester State University - Worcester, MA - June 4 - 7, 2018

Downloadable course lists, course descriptions, online state scholarship applications, and online registration are available on this web site, with links under the "Summer School" menu!

Summer School Program

The New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies, commonly called Summer School, is a four-day intensive experience for participants to further their knowledge, skills, and experience in the field of substance use disorder services through in-depth coursework.

Individuals may select topic specific tracks where similar topic courses have been grouped together or, if a participant would like to tailor their experiences even more, they may select specific courses from different focus areas. These focus areas have been designed to meet the needs of various audiences. Potential attendees will notice there is programming intended for many different partners in the world of substance use disorder prevention, treatment, intervention and recovery. Whether you are a new addiction counselor, a juvenile probation officer, a recovery coach, a prevention specialist, an experienced licensed clinician, or are from another discipline, you will find unique offerings within this year’s program. Over 90 courses are offered. 

Click here to view downloadable course lists.

For more detailed information about particular courses, click here to view downloadable course descriptions.

Click here to view the daily general schedule for the Summer School.

The Summer School is appropriate for anyone who recognizes the impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs on individuals, families, and communities. Each year, participants from many disciplines come together to form a unique and diverse learning community.

The School’s comprehensive curriculum offers a wide variety of courses on best practices in the field of substance use services across the continuum of care. The School’s nationally and regionally recognized faculty includes instructors who are respected for their accomplishments in the behavioral health field, and also recognized for their training expertise.

Courses have been designed for the extensive demands of today's professionals and their organizations:

  • Certification, licensing, and re-credentialing
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Behavioral healthcare and primary care integration
  • Recovery oriented care across the continuum
  • And many other current and emerging topics

In today’s workplace, where training time is greatly limited, the valuable experience of attending the intensive Summer School, developing skills and gaining knowledge, while accessing a strong professional network from across New England, can be transformative.

Over the years, our summer programs have been developed to respond to specific needs in our regional workforce. Participants have the opportunity to attend offerings specifically for treatment, prevention, or recovery support, or courses of interest to all. The Summer School provides wonderful networking and combined learning opportunities for participants working in different areas of the behavioral health services continuum.

The four-day program is a combination of general plenary presentations and courses. Participants select from 25 courses each day. Courses provide intensive, skill-based training in research-based programming.

We welcome you to be part of our community. If you work in treatment, prevention, recovery services, other social services, healthcare, or a related field, please join us for new knowledge, skills, networking and continuing education credits in June! WELCOME!

Target Audience

The School’s target audience includes persons from all disciplines who are concerned with alcohol, tobacco and other drug related issues, persons new to the field, and persons in behavioral health and allied human services whose activities require a general knowledge of substance use disorders.

School Location

Worcester State University’s 58-acre campus is conveniently nestled in the residential northwestern side of Worcester, the second largest city in Massachusetts and New England. The campus is a short drive from tranquil forests, hiking trails and beautiful vistas and an even shorter distance from a vibrant city life that offers popular entertainment venues, award-winning restaurants, cultural museums, historic parks, and much more.

Once a destination of choice for immigrants who worked in factories during the Industrial Revolution, Worcester has retained its multiculturalism. Residents of Irish, Italian, Greek, Albanian, African American, and Latino decent are among the ethnic populations that help make Worcester unique today. Worcester has transformed itself into a leader in biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, information technology, health care, and medical research. The city continues to revitalize key areas, landmarks and institutions.

Many Worcester and Central Massachusetts natives are responsible, at least in part, for numerous societal changes, technological innovations, scientific and healthcare advancements, and cultural influences in the United States. They blazed trails for Worcester State University students and professors—and those of the 11 other colleges and universities that call Worcester home—to research, analyze and advance for many decades to come. Click here for travel information.

Summer School Program Sponsors

For 49 years, the Summer School program has been a collaborative effort of the Institute and partners at the New England state drug and alcohol abuse agencies and training entities. Special thanks to this year's program sponsors for their outstanding assistance with planning, logistics and financial support:

State agency partners:

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Maine Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Addiction Services

Training organization partners:

State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Agencies Scholarship Information

A limited number of partial scholarships are offered by most New England State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Agencies to support the attendance at summer school by professionals from specific states. Click here to access scholarship applications. 

  • Each state differs in the amount of scholarship offered and the process by which it is awarded.
  • Deadline for scholarship applications varies by state, and deadlines may be viewed below.
  • To assure consideration, it is advised that these requests be sent to the appropriate state agency as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT: The school application IS NOT a state scholarship application and the state scholarship application is NOT a school application. These are two separate forms that must be completed and sent to the appropriate agency. To be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your state scholarship application.

If you apply for a scholarship and will NOT attend if you do not receive scholarship funding, select "Please withdraw if I do not receive a scholarship” on your New England School registration form. Otherwise, you will be responsible for your balance due if you do not cancel your application.

Housing on Campus

Housing is in single bedrooms, charged at the single room rate, unless you and a roommate have selected each other to share a double bedroom. AEI-NE will not assign roommates. Housing on campus will be in traditional basic dormitory rooms. Shared restrooms with multiple bathroom and shower stalls will be located on each hallway or within each suite of bedrooms. There are a limited number of rooms available on campus, which will be assigned by processed application date. Participants may reside on campus, or commute from a local hotel or from home. If you would be more comfortable with the kind of privacy or amenities a hotel room provides, we encourage you to make alternate arrangements. There are numerous hotel options in the area, and some will offer rates for AdCare participants or Worcester State University guests. Click here for hotel information.

Tuition Costs

Residential Tuition includes:

  • Meals served in the university cafeteria from Monday lunch through Thursday lunch
  • Lodging is provided Monday night through Thursday morning.
  • Lodging will be provided on campus in traditional dormitory rooms with shared bathroom facilities
  • Program offers up to 30 contact hours.


Residential Tuition Cost:

  • Single Bedroom: $930
  • Double Bedroom: $830 per person (shared with another person in a two-bed bedroom; only if you have selected a roommate)
  • (Optional Sunday night stay is an additional $70 - includes Monday breakfast)

Commuter Tuition Costs Includes:

  • Meals served in the university cafeteria (lunch & dinner; no breakfast)
  • Program with up to 30 contact hours

Commuter Tuition Cost:

  • 4-Day Commuter: $640
  • 3-Day Commuter: $490
  • 2-Day Commuter: $340
  • 1-Day Commuter: $235

Payment Policy and Deposit

Payment, or payment authorization is due at the time of registration in the form of a credit card, check or money order. We also accept purchase orders and letters authorized by your agency/company. The registration form must indicate complete payment information about how the remaining balance will be paid (credit card authorization, agency purchase order, or agency letter authorizing billing). NOTE: This also applies to people seeking scholarship support. Most scholarships pay only partial school tuition and the balance MUST be paid by the first day of the program.

Checks may be made out to AdCare Educational Institute. (Please note our new name.) Checks should be mailed to: AdCare Educational Institute of New England, PO Box 742., Augusta, ME 04332. Please be sure your name and a reference to Summer School is on the check.

Purchase orders or agency letters authorizing billing may be sent to, faxed to 207-623-0556, or AdCare Educational Institute of New England, PO Box 742., Augusta, ME 04332.

Cancellation and Refund Policy (Scholarship applicants included):

  • Cancellations received in writing by May 25 are fully refunded. Written cancellations may be emailed to FOR AGENCIES PAYING TUITION: Registrations secured by purchase order or agency authorization letter will be liable for the cancellation and refund policy.
  • No refunds after May 25. (Although agencies may replace attendees with another staff member during that time period).


Registration Substitutions

Agencies wishing to substitute participants may call us at 207-621-2549 or e-mail to Please clearly state who is replacing whom. The substitute is required to send a completed Summer School application to the New England Institute at the time a written substitution is being submitted. Substitutes wishing to replace scholarship recipients MUST check with their scholarship funding source.

Continuing Education Information

Earn up to 30 Continuing Education Credits!

Those attending the complete program, including the Monday morning optional plenary session, will earn 30 contact hours. Attendance is possible for the entire full four days or any combination of days, so earned continuing education credit hours will vary depending upon your attendance.

Professional approval will be available for: addiction counselors, prevention specialists, social workers, and licensed mental health counselors for 30 contact hours.

Please contact us at 207-621-2549,, or check this website. for the status of the social work continuing education accreditation.

Prevention Specialists (CPS): Although not all courses are prevention specific training, the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification will accept these credits due to the strong relevance to prevention. This training can be listed under the "Prevention Training Education Requirement" on your application for Certified Prevention Specialist if you wish to use it there. MBSACC designations for prevention specific or ATOD specific courses will be posted on this website.

AdCare Educational Institute, Inc. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC- approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. AdCare Educational Institute, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. To ensure state credentials, contact your local board of certification. NBCC ACEP #5769.

Certification of attendance and continuing education contact hours are included in the registration fee.

Please check with your local state licensure or certification board about specific certification or licensure questions, or to ensure that your selected classes meet the requirements that you are working toward. 

Click here for New England state certification and licensure board contacts.

Please contact AdCare Educational Institute of New England at if you have specific questions, or require assistance with an individual or retroactive request for other types of certifications/licensurest. 

Academic Credit

Many colleges and universities have approved the New England Summer School program for undergraduate credit as an independent study for students enrolled in their institutions. Check with your faculty advisor.

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