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Release Date: January 17, 2018
Alcohol and drug abuse is a major public health concern, affecting every segment of society. Despite recent advancements in understanding addictions, substance abuse remains a significant problem for individuals, families, and communities in the United States and worldwide.
This intermediate-level course is intended for social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, and psychologists and aims to bring clinicians in varied settings up to date with current trends in use and abuse, and current treatment recommendations. The course provides information on the scope of substance-related problems in the United States; the different categories of substances that are commonly abused and their neurochemical effects on the human brain and an individual’s biopsychosocial functioning; and, the major theories of addictions. Clinical vignettes throughout the course illuminate key concepts and treatment strategies. Considerable attention is paid to different screening, assessment, and diagnostic instruments, including the DSM-5. Frameworks for assessing an individual’s motivation and the benefits and limitations of different intervention and evidence-based treatment approaches, including detoxification, residential and outpatient treatments, and treatment for comorbidities, and family therapy are all described. Gender, sexual identity, and gender expression; youth and older adults; co-occurring disorders and chronic pain conditions; intellectual and physical disability; and, military veterans, incarcerated populations, and homelessness are separately discussed as having distinct substance abuse treatment considerations.
- Recognize the scope of substance use problems in the United States.
- Identify the neurobiologic effects of substances on the human brain.
- Describe the effect of commonly abused substances on an individual’s biopsychosocial functioning.
- Describe the major theories of addictions and their implications for intervention.
- Recognize the different screening, assessment, and diagnostic instruments and approaches.
- Describe the benefits and limitations of different intervention and treatment approaches.
- Recognize the unique effects of different contexts on substance use disorder.
S. Lala A. Straussner, PhD, LCSW, CEAP, BCD, CAS, is a professor in and former chair of the Practice Area, New York University Silver School of Social Work, and the director of that institution’s Post-Master’s Certificate Program in the Clinical Approaches to the Addictions. She has authored numerous publications applying research findings to clinical practice. Among her 20 books are Clinical Work with Substance Abusing Clients, Children of Substance Abusing Parents: Treatment and Interventions, Understanding Mass Violence: A Social Work Perspective, The Handbook on Women and Addictions, Ethnocultural Factors in Addictions Treatment, and Gender and Addictions: Men and Women in Treatment. Dr. Straussner is also the founding editor of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. She has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Kiev, Ukraine, and in Israel, and a Fulbright Chair in the Czech Republic. She has been a visiting professor at Warsaw University in Poland; Omsk State University in Siberia, Russia; and the University of Amsterdam Summer School on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Lady Davis Fellowship to Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Straussner was the 2003 recipient of the Individual Distinction in Addictions Education and Training Award given by the New York Institute of Professional Development in Addictions and was selected as Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section in 2000. In 2008, she was selected as an Outstanding Teacher at the Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Straussner has a private therapeutic and supervisory practice in New York City and lectures and consults throughout the United States and abroad.
Theodore M. Godlaski, MDiv, CADC, is an associate clinical professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. He teaches courses in psychopathology, substance misuse, intimate violence, and risk management. He is also a senior area editor for the journal Substance Use and Misuse, and has been an editor on two special issues of that journal, one on client engagement and the other on substance use and aggression. He has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on subjects related to substance misuse treatment and ethics. Prior to coming to the College of Social Work, Mr. Godlaski was an assistant professor in the College of Medicine and worked at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky. He has conducted research into the effectiveness of various treatment approaches with people who misuse substances and coauthored a treatment manual for substance misuse in rural communities. He has a special concern for treatment in rural areas, as well as among aboriginal populations. Prior to coming to the University of Kentucky, Mr. Godlaski was a clinical director for inpatient and outpatient programs in both the private and public sectors for 20 years.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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