These resources include:

  • in-person trainings
  • scheduled online trainings
  • blended trainings (partly in-person and partly online)
  • on-demand online trainings
  • printed training materials and references in a wide variety of topics relevant for the addictions workforce
See the Calendar for specific, scheduled training opportunities which are in-person, online, or both (blended).

AdCare Educational Institute develops statewide trainings, education and logistics management with the MA DPH Bureau of Substance Addiction Services and Bureau of Community Health and Prevention. Also includes the AdCare ACE (Addiction Counselor Education) program. Online trainings available

AdCare Educational Institute of New England, formerly the New England Institute for Addiction Studies (NEAIS), offers the New England Schools of Addiction Studies, Prevention Studies, and Best Practices; Annual Addiction Medicine Conference for General Healthcare Providers and Addictions Professionals offers continuing education (CEUs) for Addiction Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists and others in the mental health disciplines.  Online trainings available

Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA)

The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) is a developmentally appropriate treatment for youth and young adults (12-24 years old) with substance misuse or substance use disorders.  A-CRA is an evidence based treatment developed by Chestnut Health Systems.The brief treatment model can be delivered in outpatient clinics, community... Read More

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is a professional society representing physicians and associated professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment; educating physicians, other medical professionals and the public; supporting research and prevention; and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addictions.

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England is a regional center supported by SAMHSA Online trainings available

Listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (as a Legacy program), the Boston Consortium Model is a nationally recognized evidence-based model of trauma-informed care designed to meet the needs of women in treatment for substance use disorders with co-occurring mental health disorders and histories of trauma.

Training calendar for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.

The Institute for Geriatric Social Work at the Boston University School of Social Work is dedicated to strengthening the workforce for an aging society through educational innovation, workforce change and research. Among their offerings is the Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate Online... Read More

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

Trains local grassroots groups to assess substance abuse-related problems and develop comprehensive plans to address them, using effective community problem-solving strategies

The Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders combines workshops and seminars with an industry showcase.

Praxis, funded by the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS), draws on best practices and the latest research to train and support addiction professionals to deliver recovery-oriented, trauma-informed services. Current offerings include trainings on: Harm reduction, HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, Opioid Overdose Prevention.

Our live, online courses delve deeply into specific evidence-based and promising practices. We use cutting-edge, easy-to-use technology to engage learners in conversation with one another and expert instructors.

The Community Health Training Institute is a partnership between MA Department of Public Health and Health Resources in Action. We provide targeted skills development to individuals and teams working to build healthy communities in Massachusetts. Our in-person trainings and webinars are customized around core competencies that include: Coalition Building; Leadership;... Read More

The Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery is a centralized resource in CT for all things recovery.  Whether you are contemplating a life in recovery, are new to recovery or are in long term recovery, CCAR is there to help you to navigate the recovery community, by connecting you with others in recovery and providing access area support services.

The Division on Addictions – Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance coordinates research, education, training and communication relevant to substance abuse through Harvard Medical School and its affiliated teaching hospitals.

Hazelden offers a variety of professional training:

  • Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies offers a Master's degree in Addiction Counseling and a Certificate in Addiction counseling.
  • Professionals in Residence Program for Healthcare professionals, addiction counselors, Mental Health providers and other professionals
  • Online continuing education courses, product trainings offered live... Read More

The Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR) is a statewide service, research, policy and program development agency.  Trainings on a wide variety of topics are available through BSAS Training Calendar.

Institute for Wellness Education

IWE created competencies and curriculum for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wellness Coaching Registered Apprenticeship Program. Training is online, self-paced, and led by experts. Approach is human-to-human and heart-to-heart. IWE empowers students to help their community live longer, healthier, and happier lives.... Read More

Laban's Addiction Specific Trainings provide distance-learning opportunities for drug and alcohol counselors and a variety of behavioral health professions Online trainings available

The Latino Behavioral Health Workforce Training Program's main goals are to increase the number of Latinos and Latinas with addiction treatment credentials; to increase the Latino community’s access to culturally and linguistically competent care; and to increase the capacity of the publicly funded system to serve Latinos/as, while improving treatment outcomes.

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is a private non-profit health agency dedicated to reducing the social, financial and emotional costs of problem gambling

The Massachusetts Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Training and Technical Assistance program (MASBIRT TTA) supports BSAS’ ongoing efforts to establish SBIRT practice as a standard of care in diverse healthcare settings throughout Massachusetts by providing implementation and sustainability guidance, along with skills training and coaching for all levels of clinical and administrative personnel.

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The Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MASSTAPP) supports communities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in addressing substance abuse prevention, offering technical assistance, capacity building, and resources to Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS)-funded programs and other communities across the state.

The National Council for Behavioral Health (The National Council) members are community mental health and substance use treatment organizations, and the organization's mission is to advance members’ ability to deliver integrated healthcare. Online trainings available

This resource provides regularly-updated links related to: Understanding Addiction; Opioid Overdose; Opioid Drugs; Medications to Treat Opioid Addiciton; Opioid Prescribing; Pregnancy, Opioid use and NAS; Recovery; Data, Trends and Stats; and NLM Resource searches.

The Northeastern University Institue on Urban Health Research and Practice conducts projects on behavioral health interventions with specific populations, providing guidance on how to tailor practices to be most effective for specific populations.

Introducing Boston Medical Center’s NEW Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) website! At, visitors can learn about the OBAT Nurse Care Manager Model developed at Boston Medical Center (BMC), access free resources, and find out about the training and technical assistance offered by OBAT TTA to health care and social services providers looking to enhance their capacity to work... Read More

On-Demand Training

On-Demand training opportunities allow you to work online on at your own pace and according to your own schedule. 

Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers/Provider's Council offers a Certificate in Supervision consisting of six sessions addressing the challenges of supervision.  The training can apply to continuing education credits.

The overarching goal of PCSS-MAT is to make available the most effective medication-assisted treatments to serve patients in a variety of settings, including primary care, psychiatric The overarching goal of PCSS-MAT is to make available the most effective medication-assisted treatments to serve patients in a variety of settings, including primary care, psychiatric care, and pain management settings. ... Read More

The Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies is a national training and mentoring project developed in response to the prescription opioid overdose epidemic. PCSS-O provides free, online CME programs on the safe and effective use of opioids for treatment of chronic pain and safe and effective treatment of opioid use disorder. ... Read More

SAMHSA's Center for the Application of Prevention Technlogies is a national substance abuse prevention training and technical assistance system dedicated to strengthening prevention systems and the nation's behavioral health workforce.

The mission of the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention is to improve behavioral health through evidence-based prevention approaches.

The mission of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is to promote community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery services for individuals and families in every community. CSAT provides national leadership to improve access, reduce barriers, and promote high quality, effective treatment and recovery services.

SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) works to close the gap between available treatment capacity and demand; Supports the adaptation and adoption of evidence-based and best practices by community-based treatment programs and services; and improves and strengthens substance abuse treatment organizations and systems.  It has a set of... Read More

SAMHSA's Treatment Improvement Protocol Series and Technical Assistance Publications ("TIPs" and "TAPs") provide guidance for individuals and organizations. There is also an e-learning component, approved by NAADAC. Online trainings available

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration-Health Resources Services Administration's Center for Integrated Health Solutions provides a Workforce section with education and training resources for all members of integrated care teams. Online trainings avaliable

Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based, public health approach to delivering early intervention to anyone who uses alcohol and/or drugs in unhealthy ways.

Apply to participate in the New Adolescent SBIRT Nurse Preceptor Program puts together the best of what science and psychology offer when a family struggles with the drug or alcohol problems of a loved one. The CRAFT method has been carefully studied in 6 clinical trials and is the most effective approach of its kind for helping families to unblock the situation and engage a loved one into treatment. CRAFT is the only approach designed to train families that has been recognized... Read More

See the National Addiction Technology Transfer Center's On-Demand offerings.

The Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER) is dedicated to strengthening the workforce that provides health and long-term supports and services to older adults and people with disabilities. Click here for a list of upcoming online trainings.

Knowledge @ Work (K@W) units are online, self-paced webinars which cover topics important for anyone working in human services and health care. K@W units are completed on your own schedule using illustrated slides, readings, audio and video clips, activities, and quizzes.

The Opioid Use Disorder Education Program (OUDEP) is an accredited, free, online medical education program for the identification and management of opioid disorder. This program is designed for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians and other healthcare professionals collaborating to treat patients with substance use disorder.


The Federal Addiction Technology Transfer Center's Network Coordinating Office maintains the ATTC Network's Online Learning Portfolio at There are free courses, both self-paced and instructor-led. Continuing Education credits are available for a small fee per contact hour. Online trainings available.

This training is designed to support individual and organizational efforts to provide trauma informed care.  While this training was developed specifically for substance use disorder treatment professionals, anyone who wants to know more about the relationship between trauma and substance use disorders may benefit from it.

The training is broken down into four separate one-hour modules.  Each module is designed to... Read More

This 75 minute training will help substance use disorder and other treatment professionals understand how men’s socialization as men can interfere with recovery from substance use and other disorders.  Specific techniques are presented for working with men to increase their awareness of the impact of the way they were socialized in order to promote recovery from trauma and substance use disorders.

The purpose of the Certified Wellness Coach Training Program is to develop a cohort of trained community members of all ages, from teens to older adults, from professionals to lay people, who can influence and inspire those around them. They do this by modeling positive lifestyle choices, sharing accounts of their own wellness journey, and using evidence-based tools to help others reflect on their current state of health and... Read More

The International Association of Peer Supporters, Inc. (formerly the National Association of Peer Specialists), is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peer support in mental health systems.

A free, interactive course "Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals" by the Center for Deployment Psychology, offered as part of the Veterans Administration's Community Provider Toolkit.

Despite recognition of addiction as a health condition, terminology used in both layperson and scientific publications is often inaccurate and stigmatizing. National and international efforts are now afoot to encourage the use of terminology that can improve accuracy, reduce stigma, and even improve care. Dr. Richard Saitz from the Boston University School of Public Health will discuss the rationale for terms that should and... Read More

Learn how to recognize the signs of substance use that are often overlooked. Communities often have resources available to help those with substance use disorder, as well as help for their families. Because of the stigma this disease carries, many people do not talk about their struggles or how they found help. A city police officer and a recovery coach from the city of Worcester will share the program they have developed to... Read More

Harm reduction is a public health strategy that was developed initially for adults with substance use disorder for whom abstinence was not feasible. Harm reduction approaches have been effective in reducing morbidity and mortality in some adult populations. Learn the specifics of what the term "harm reduction" means as it is applied in various settings. When a treatment plan is considered for a patient, it is important to... Read More

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends adolescent substance use screening and education as part of routine care, using the universal Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) process endorsed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). However, many health professionals report having little time, training, tools, and treatment resources to conduct SBIRT with... Read More

This course provides information about the opioid epidemic and how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. It includes practical, step-by-step guidance for performing rescue breathing and administering Narcan (naloxone).

Learn about the history of prevention, key concepts and definitions, and specific drug effects—and get a glimpse of the effects of substance use and addiction on the brain. - 5 Hours

Learn how to plan and conduct key informant interviews that produce the valuable information you need to inform your prevention efforts. -  2 Hours

Explore what sustainability looks like in the context of substance misuse prevention—and how to prepare for sustainability planning in your community.   2 Hours