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Implementing the Grand Challenge of Reducing and Preventing Alcohol Misuse and its Consequences

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

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    by Routledge

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    ‘Reducing and Preventing Alcohol Misuse and Its Consequences’ is one of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare’s Grand Challenges for Social Work, a programme launched in 2012. This book reports on the work of many social work and allied professions scholars, describing current strategies for achieving the ambitious goals identified in this Grand Challenge.

    The chapters in this book fall into two broad categories: ‘general’ pieces, and those which address specific workforce development issues for meeting the Grand Challenge. The contributors cover the problem of alcohol misuse from a number of perspectives, including racial/ethnic disparities in alcohol treatment services; adolescents and emerging adults; and trauma/PTSD. The book also explores both technology-based interventions for reducing alcohol misuse and its consequences, and various models for preparing the workforce by effectively engaging in screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT), for those experiencing alcohol-related problems complicated by other social and behavioural health problems. The book concludes with two interviews, focused global initiatives, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.

    Introduction: Implementing the Grand Challenge of Reducing and Preventing Alcohol Misuse and Its Consequences Audrey L. Begun and Diana M. DiNitto

    1. The Grand Challenge of Reducing Gender and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Service Access and Needs Among Adults with Alcohol Misuse Jennifer I. Manuel

    2. Impact of Race on the Implementation of Empirically Supported Treatments in Substance Abuse Treatment Carissa van den Berk-Clark, David A. Patterson Silver Wolf (Adelv Unegv Waya), and Sha-Lai Williams

    3. Recovery Schools Rise to the Challenge: Shifting Alcohol Norms and Behaviors in Youth and Emerging Adults Lori Holleran Steiker and Julie McElrath

    4. Empowerment in Coalitions Targeting Underage Drinking: Differential Effects of Organizational Characteristics for Volunteers and Staff Kristen Gilmore Powell, Sarah L. Gold, N. Andrew Peterson, Suzanne Borys, and Donald Hallcom

    5. What Lies Beneath: Trauma Events, PTSD, and Alcohol Misuse in Driving Under the Influence Program Clients Melinda Hohman, Melanie Barker, and Susan Woodruff

    6. Technology-Based Interventions and Trainings to Reduce the Escalation and Impact of Alcohol Problems Stella M. Resko, Suzanne Brown, James J. Lister, Steven J. Ondersma, Rebecca M. Cunningham, and Maureen A. Walton

    7. Effects and Durability of an SBIRT Training Curriculum for First-Year MSW Students Joan M. Carlson, Jon Agley, Ruth A. Gassman, Angela M. McNelis, Rhonda Schwindt, Julie Vannerson, David Crabb, and Khadija Khaja

    8. SBIRT Training in Social Work Education: Evaluating Change Using Standardized Patient Simulation Paul Sacco, Laura Ting, Taylor Berens Crouch, Lindsay Emery, Melissa Moreland, Charlotte Bright, Jodi Frey, and Carlo DiClemente

    9. Evaluation of Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Training for Social Workers Jennifer M. Putney, Kimberly H. M. O’Brien, Cali-Ryan Collin, and Adele Levine

    10. Complementing SBIRT for Alcohol Misuse with SBIRT for Trauma: A Feasibility Study James Topitzes, Lisa Berger, Laura Otto-Salaj, Joshua P. Mersky, Fiona Weeks, and Julian D. Ford

    11. NIAAA and the Global Challenge: An Interview with Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Murray, Director, Global Alcohol Research Program, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Audrey L. Begun

    12. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: An Interview with Dr. Shauna Acquavita, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati Diana M. DiNitto


    Audrey Begun is a social work professor at Ohio State University, USA.

    Diana DiNitto is a social work professor at The University of Texas-Austin, USA.

    S. Lala Straussner is a social work professor at New York University, USA.