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  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
  • S. Lala A. Straussner, PhD, LCSW, CEAP, BCD, CAS
  • Theodore M. Godlaski, MDiv, CADC
Peer Reviewer(s): Amanda Gilmore, PhD
Item#: C6532
Contents: 1 Course Book (80 pages)

Substance Abuse in Different Populations and Contexts

Price $29.95
Item # C6532
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Expiration Date: May 1, 2021

Alcohol and drug abuse is a major public health concern, affecting every segment of society. It needs to be considered within the context of problematic use of a variety of chemical substances. This intermediate-level course discusses the scope of substance-related problems in the US and the unique needs of various populations affected by substance use disorders including the effects of gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, co-occurring disorders, disabilities, and chronic pain conditions. The course also discusses substance use among military veterans, and incarcerated and homeless populations.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, C6530, Substance Use Disorders.

Counselors receive 3 NBCC contact hours.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the scope of substance use problems in the United States.
  • Recognize the unique effects of gender, sexual identity and expression, and age on substance use disorder.
  • Explain the unique effects of co-occurring mental health disorders, disabilities, and chronic pain conditions on substance use disorder.
  • Describe the unique effects of veteran status, incarceration, and homelessness 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.

Amanda Gilmore, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and an assistant professor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Washington, completed her clinical internship at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the NCVC at MUSC. Her research focuses on alcohol use, sexual assault, sexual risk behaviors, and sexual dysfunction. Her clinical work focuses on the use of cognitive-behavioral therapies for posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders.

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  • 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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