The impact of a post-master's program in substance abuse on social work and other health professionals

Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner, Elena Vairo

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    Substance abuse is a major problem encountered by social workers in all settings. This study investigated the impact of a postmaster's program in the treatment of substance-abusing clients on the domains of "Attitudes and Values," "Knowledge and Skills," and "Behaviors" of its graduates. Overall, 91 percent of respondents found the program to be professionally beneficial to them. Significant increases were shown on all items in the Knowledge and Skills Scale and the - Behavior Scale. Among the greatest changes reflected in the Attitudes and Values Scale were increases in respondents' desire to add substanceabusing clients to their caseloads, their belief for good recovery prognosis, and their comfort level in being considered a substance abuse specialist. The results of this study indicate that completion of a comprehensive, long-term substance abuse training program not only increases clinicians' knowledge about substance abuse issues, but also impacts positively on their attitudes and behavior toward substance-abusing clients.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)105-123
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Teaching in Social Work
    Volume27
    Issue number1-2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 13 2007

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    Keywords

    • Alcohol and drug education
    • And behavior
    • Attitudes
    • Changes in knowledge
    • Post-master's training

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    • Education
    • Sociology and Political Science

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    The impact of a post-master's program in substance abuse on social work and other health professionals. / Straussner, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg; Vairo, Elena.

    In: Journal of Teaching in Social Work, Vol. 27, No. 1-2, 13.07.2007, p. 105-123.

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    Straussner, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg ; Vairo, Elena. / The impact of a post-master's program in substance abuse on social work and other health professionals. In: Journal of Teaching in Social Work. 2007 ; Vol. 27, No. 1-2. pp. 105-123.
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