Training for Recovery & Engagement in Addiction Treatment

ForHealth Consulting at University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School presents the TREAT initiative on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Specialty Courts.

Welcome to the online hub of training and technical assistance made available to Massachusetts specialty court clinicians and specialty court community treatment providers.

On this site, you will find:

  • Lectures, virtual course recordings, and online materials
  • Online trainings and professional development courses
  • Registration links to live training sessions

Upcoming Live Virtual Courses

Introduction to Harm Reduction: History, How it Works, and Stigma

April 8, 2024, 1:00 to 2:30 PM

This training was designed for specialty court clinicians and community providers who work with individuals with opioid use disorders.

Via Zoom. Register here.

Managing Grief and Loss, Part 2: Remembering Those We've Lost

May 13, 2024, 1:00 to 3:00 PM:

This training was designed for specialty court clinicians and community providers who work with individuals with opioid use disorders.

Via Zoom. Register here.

Harm Reduction in Context: How Harm Reduction Philosophy and Practice Can Create Meaningful Change

June 3, 2024, 1:00 to 2:30 PM

This training was designed for specialty court clinicians and community providers who work with individuals with opioid use disorders.

Via Zoom. Register here.

Overview of Emerging Adult Courts

June 17, 1:00 – 2:00

This training was designed for Recovery Court Clinicians, partners, and community clinicians

Via Zoom. Register here.

Course Series

ASI Series

The ASI series is targeted towards court clinicians and community providers who utilize the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) assessment tool. This technical assistance will provide an overview of the ASI, and also:

  • Address implementation challenges
  • Discuss assessment and screening strategies
  • Offer practical role-play scenarios
Clinician Roundtable Series

Specifically designed with court clinicians in mind, the Clinician Roundtable Series offers court clinicians a professional space to collaborate and troubleshoot work-related issues amongst peers. This series explores a variety of topics, including:

  • Professional Ethics
  • Confidentiality in the Courts
  • Sanctions/Incentives

Community Provider Track

TREAT invites all community treatment providers who work with court-involved populations the opportunity to engage in the training and technical assistance this project offers. Community providers may be interested in:

  • Trauma series
  • RNR Series
  • ASI Series
  • MOUD

Court Clinician Track

The training and technical assistance offered by TREAT have been tailored to meet the needs of Massachusetts Recovery and Veterans Treatment Courts Clinicians. Court clinicians may find the following training series beneficial to their careers:

  • Clinical Roundtable Series
  • RNR Series
  • ASI Series
  • Graduated response incentives and sanctions

Equity Series

The TREAT Equity Series provides clinical staff with the skills needed to better serve members of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, LGBTQIA+ community, the disability community, and other marginalized communities who are involved in the Massachusetts specialty drug courts. Topics for this training include:

  • Addressing racial trauma
  • NADCP equity and inclusion standards
  • Engaging diverse populations in treatment
Recovery Court Series

The TREAT Recovery Court Series provides staff working in the Massachusetts Recovery Courts and community clinicians with the knowledge needed to understand and successfully navigate the Massachusetts trial court system and Recovery Court Model. This three-part series includes topics on:

  • Probation Service
  • Community Justice Support Centers
  • Recovery Court staff roles
  • Probation violation processes
  • Case types
RNR Series

Developed for both community providers and court clinicians, this series explores the evidence-based framework of Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) and it's relationship to the Massachusetts Recovery Courts. This series uses online coursework and live meetings to explore a range of topics, including:

  • Basics of RNR
  • RNR and the Massachusetts model
  • RNR Case Studies

Trauma Series

As clinical staff working with substance use disorders, trauma stewardship and trauma-informed principles are at the center of this work. TREAT is proud to offer a training series that develops skills to navigate trauma for both clinicians and court participants. Topics for this training series include:

  • Trauma needs of veterans
  • Racial and gendered trauma
  • Trauma-informed boundaries, assessment, and screening
  • Case studies

What is TREAT?

TREAT Initiative - "Training for Recovery & Engagement in Addiction Treatment"

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS), in collaboration with its partners, the Massachusetts Executive Office of the Trial Court, the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals, AdCare Educational Institute, and ForHealth Consulting at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School received funds from the Bureau of Justice Assistance under its Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant program, to fund a three-year training and technical assistance (TTA) initiative, the Drug and Veterans Court TREAT Initiative - "Training for Recovery & Engagement in Addiction Treatment.”

The goal of this initiative is to strengthen the capacity of court clinicians and treatment providers working with specialty courts, with a focus on Massachusetts’ 35 adult Drug Courts and six Veterans Treatment Courts. The grant will be used to:

  • develop a TTA program that will support conferences, training sessions, and technical assistance events,
  • increase the capacity of community clinicians to support clients involved in these courts, and
  • build collaboration between probation and treatment providers within adult Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts. 

Continuing Education

TREAT Trainings and Technical Assistance may be eligible for licensure CEUs. TREAT is not pre-approved for CEUs and it is up to the individual to submit TREAT training information to the licensing board which will then determine if the TREAT training attended qualifies for CEUs.

Massachusetts LMHC CEU Guidelines

Massachusetts NASW CEU Guidelines*

*Unfortunately, the NASW requires courses to be approved for credit prior to attending and will not approve CEUs retroactively.