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NCJ Number: 230007 Find in a Library
Title: Institutional Denial or Minimization: Substance Abuse Training in Social Work Education
Journal: Substance Abuse  Volume:31  Issue:1  Dated:January-March 2010  Pages:8-11
Author(s): Gregorio Quinn, LMSW
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 4
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated substance abuse training in social work education to ascertain to what extent schools provide substance abuse/addiction training to their students.
Abstract: Substance abuse in the United States has reached catastrophic proportions, 23.6 million people needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem. According to the National Association of Social Workers, 60 percent of all mental health services are carried out by social workers. Therefore, social workers are in a critical and unique position to address substance abuse. This study examined the education and training new social workers receive at 216 graduate programs accredited or in-candidacy for accreditation by the Council of Social Work Education. An overwhelming number did not have substance abuse courses as a requirement for all students, and a significant number did not have one course dedicated to substance abuse. These astounding deficiencies can only be described as an institutional denial or minimization. References (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Social worker training
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Curriculum; Drug abuse; Drug treatment; Education; Higher education; Social work; Social workers; Training
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