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Summer School General Information




50th Anniversary New England Summer School of Addiction and Prevention Studies

Worcester State University - Worcester, MA - June 3 - 6, 2019


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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. 

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 50 years, the Summer School program has been a collaborative effort of the Institute and partners at the New England state substance use and addiction 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 Substance Use and Addiction Services Agencies Scholarship Information

A limited number of partial scholarships are offered by most New England State Substance Use and Addiction Services Agencies to support the attendance at summer school by professionals from specific states.

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 sought for: addiction counselors, prevention specialists, social workers, and licensed mental health counselors for 30 contact hours.

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.

Please contact AdCare Educational Institute of New England at if you have specific questions.

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