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2019 Summer School Course Proposals


The New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies has a long history of presenting high quality courses conducted by outstanding faculty. We are pleased to have merged last year with a longtime organizational partner, and as of July 1, 2017 our organization is now known as AdCare Educational Institute of New England. As we enter the 50th Anniversary Summer School year, we look forward to continuing to bring you our quality Summer School of Addiction and Prevention Studies, as well as other New England regional workforce development programs.

Our planning committee, comprised of representatives from each of the six New England states, is currently developing our 2019 program based on identified regional priorities. The committee is seeking submissions from potential faculty to teach at the 2019 New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies, which will take place at Worcester State University in Worcester, Massachusetts from June 3 - 6, 2019. 

Courses at the Summer School are typically one-day courses, with a small number of half-day courses and a few special multi-day courses. We welcome proposals for courses covering current, relevant topics addressing substance use disorders from across the continuum of care and related fields. Please note that preference is given to courses offering evidence-based approaches or leading to specific certifications.

The School was first held in 1969 as a way to offer an intensive residential course experience specific to the addiction field for new professionals. While the School continues to be an ideal learning experience for new professionals, it has evolved to offer a wide range of courses designed to educate anyone interested in learning more effective ways to address addiction. Please do not feel limited by our past offerings when you consider what you propose to teach at Summer School. AdCare Educational Institute of New England wishes to respond to the needs of the field, ensuring we help those on the front lines to best address the unique needs our communities, families and individuals face as they address substance use disorders.

Courses provide intensive, skill-based training in research-based programming for all students. The School’s target audience includes people from all disciplines who are concerned with alcohol, tobacco and other drug related issues, those who are new to the field, and those in behavioral health, other healthcare settings, or allied human services whose activities require a general knowledge of substance use disorders.

AdCare Educational Institute will pay a $450 per day instructor fee, provide all three meals in the campus cafeteria on teaching days and one night of lodging on campus. We understand that this may be less compensation than some other events provide. The opportunity to join this esteemed entity provides additional benefits, and frequently facilitates connections that lead to other training and consulting opportunities. 

Tentative Schedule:

  • Half-Day Courses: Monday, June 3 from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • One-Day Courses:
    • Tuesday, June 4 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch break)
    • Wednesday, June 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch break) 
    • Thursday, June 6 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch break)

A few other important details about presenting at the Summer School:

  • Summer School presenters must have experience training in a full-day format.
  • Faculty support is provided by our staff and volunteers, and college student staff. However, due to the program scale, presenters should be aware that they are part of a 50 + person faculty. With over 80 courses (25 courses occurring concurrently) for our 400 plus person audience, delivering a course within this fast-paced, multi-faceted event is definitely a different experience than delivering a stand-alone workshop.
  • Courses require a minimum enrollment to run, and final decisions about running courses will be made about 2 to 3 weeks prior to the program.


We are grateful to the talented faculty who have shared their expertise at our events during these first 50 years of Summer School. It is clear that being connected to the Summer School is a special experience.

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the Summer School. We hope you will consider joining us in 2019! Please use the appropriate online form below. These forms are brief, but please be sure that your course descriptions are specific for our review team, and for possible publication in the program.

Presenter Proposal Form Links:

Please select the appropriate form below:


Proposal Deadline: December 28, 2018

Proposals are reviewed by a regional review team, and presenters will be notified about course acceptance status in early 2019.


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