1st Edition

Substance Use in Social Work Education and Training Preparing for and supporting practice

Edited By Hilda Loughran, Wulf Livingston Copyright 2016
    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    Substance use has become an increasingly common concern for all aspects of social work practice, and especially when working with mental health and vulnerable families. This requires all social workers to have sufficient education and training in alcohol and other drugs across a range of settings.

    This volume presents evidence from a number of major studies which examine the current state of social work education in relation to substance use. These contextual considerations are complemented by specific applied analyses which explore classroom, methodological, practice and theoretical considerations within both the UK and America. Substance Use in Social Work Education and Training provides a strong evidence base for the effectiveness of appropriately-targeted education and support given to social workers. It further substantiates calls for a greater inclusion of more on substance use in social work education and curricula.

    This book is based on a special issue of the journal Social Work Education.

    Foreword Hilda Loughram and Wulf Livingston

    Preface Hilda Loughram and Wulf Livingston

    Part I: Context

    1. The Extent and Nature of Practitioners, Encounters with Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Social Work and Social Care Practice Cherilyn Dance, Sarah Galvani and Aisha Hutchinson

    2. The Nature and Extent of Substance Use Education in Qualifying Social Work Programmes in England Sarah Galvani and Debra Allnock

    3. The Development of Employment-Based Education on Substance use for Social Workers in England: Embedding Substance use Training in Frameworks of Continuing Professional Development Aisha Hutchinson and Debra Allnock

    4. Employment-Based Training on Alcohol and Other Drugs in England: Bridging the Gap Debra Allnock and Aisha Hutchinson

    5. Whose Responsibility is it? A Call for the Integration of the Knowledge of Substance Misuse in Social Work Education, Practice and Research Barbra Teater

    6. Incorporating Substance Use Content into Social Work Curricula: Opioid Overdose as a Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Problem Sheila P. Vakharia

    Part II: Theory and Methodology

    7. Towards a Comprehensive Typology of Knowledge for Social Work and Alcohol Wulf Livingston

    8. Implementing Rigorous Survey Methodology within Contexts of Social Work Education, Training and Practice: A Case Study in Substance Use Aisha Hutchinson and Debra Allnock

    Part III: Application in fields of social work practice

    9. Substance Use and Disabilities: Experiences of Adults' Social Care Professionals and the Implications for Education and Training Cherilyn Dance and Sarah Galvani

    10. Working with Older People with Alcohol Problems: Insight from Specialist Substance Misuse Professionals and their Service Users Sarah Wadd and Sarah Galvani

    11. Provider Preparedness for Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders: Comparison of Social Workers and Alcohol and Drug Counselors Colleen M. Fisher, Jennifer Simmelink McCleary, Peter Dimock and Julie Rohovit

    12. Working on Treatment Teams: Educating Social Work Students to Function as Addiction Specialists within Interdisciplinary Groups Jessica V. Linley, Natasha S. Mendoza and Stella M. Resko

    13. US Social Work Students' Attitudes Shift Favorably Towards a Harm Reduction Approach to Alcohol and Other Drugs Practice: The Effectiveness of Consequence Analysis Sarah K. Moore and Mark A. Mattaini

    14. Learning from the research process: discussing sensitive topics as a cultural outsider Gary Manders and Sarah Galvani

    Part IV: Reflection

    15. Social Work and Drug Use Teaching: A Personal View from Lancaster University Ian Paylor


    Dr Hilda Loughran is the Director of Social Work at University College Dublin, Ireland. Her main research interests and teaching areas are in substance use and social work, and drug policy analysis.

    Dr Wulf Livingston is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Glyndwr University, UK. His primary research interests are alcohol, knowledge acquisition, and recovery and service user involvement. He is also Chair of the New Directions in Study of Alcohol group and supports the British Association of Social Workers Special Interest Group.