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The Minnesota Model (6 hours)

The Minnesota Model (6 hours)


This 6 hour course by Jerry Spicer focuses on the development of the Minnesota Model - a unique blend of behavioral science and AA principles that forms an effective, humane way to treat alcoholism. He will take you on an inside look at the model - how it began; how it successfully combines professional assistance, self-initiative, and a mutual care community; and what' in store for the future. A valuable, insightful course for everyone in the treatment field.


By participating in this Distance Learning Course, the trainee will:

  • Examine the history roots of addiction worldwide.
  • Review the development of treatment approaches in the United States.
  • Trace the history and development of the Minnesota Model of care.
  • Identify the three core perspectives of this model.
  • Investigate the current state of affairs for this model.
  • Consider the future of addiction treatment both in the United States and worldwide.

Jerry Spicer, BA, MA, MHA, was appointed President of Hazelden in July 1992. He has been with Hazelden since 1978, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Hazelden, he served as Director of Evaluation and Research Coordination for the Alcoholism Foundation of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada and taught at Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA. He holds a BA and MA in Sociology from the University of Wyoming and an MHA in Hospital and Health Services Administration from the University of Minnesota.

As an active professional in the chemical dependency field, he is a member of several professional organizations in health services administration and the mental health and chemical dependency fields. He is the author of over two dozen papers and monographs published in professional journals and the books Does Your Program Measure Up? and The EAP Solution. He has recently retired from his position at Hazelden to explore other treatment opportunities.

Internet Format - Coursework that is available immediately via a downloadable PDF file (a popular online format that requires you to have the Adobe Reader program, or one similar, installed on your computer). Many websites already use this very user friendly file format, so chances are you already have a PDF reader installed on your computer. This format allows faster downloading, easier reading, and easier printing. All course materials will be included, as will the link to the post-test required for course completion. Access and downloading information will be immediately sent to the email address you provide at checkout. There is no additional charge for this format.

USB Flash Drive Format - Different computers, processors, ISP's, and software make it sometimes difficult or time-consuming to capture materials provided via the Internet. As a result, we've added the Flash Drive format to our list of options. With this format we will send you a Flash Drive by Priority Mail that can be used on any computer, laptop, tablet with a USB port. The drive will include a PDF copy of the course or courses ordered along with the test link needed to complete your course using our online test system. This option will include additional per course costs for materials/shipping/handling.

Hard Copy Format - Coursework that is delivered to you by Priority Mail in book form. All course materials will be included, as will the post-test required for course completion. For immediate results and faster certificate processing an email containing instructions on how to access your post-test online will be sent to the email address provided at checkout. Should you not want to submit the test yourself, a mail/fax form is also included that will allow you to mail or fax your test responses to us for processing. Hard copy courses will include additional per course costs for materials/shipping/handling.

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