The Alcohol and Other Drugs Social Work Faculty Education Program (ADEP)
Evaluating Social Work Skills
We worked with a variety of academic and community partners to design a curriculum to increase knowledge and confidence teaching alcohol and other drugs content among social work faculty, along with strengthening their clinical skills. We evaluated the success of that program with the help of our partners, and believe the research and ingenuity achieved by collaborating with partners from schools such as the University of Colorado - Boulder's will help develop a more skilled and effective population of social workers.
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About the Project
The project was centered around determining whether faculty members who participated in The Alcohol and other Drugs Social Work Faculty Education Program (ADEP) came away with increased knowledge and confidence teaching alcohol and other drugs (AOD) content and clinical skills.
The NIAAA-funded program educates 50 graduate-level social work faculty yearly, and covers material on screening, assessment and treatment for substance use disorder, including alcohol and opioids.
This project was a collaboration between the University of Denver, University of Colorado - Boulder, Boston University, Peer Assistance Services and the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.
Lena Lundgren is a professor at the Graduate School of Social Work. Her scholarly work has focused on access, use and outcomes of treatment for substance use disorder, registry studies and community-based endeavors to improve the effectiveness of social work programs for communities in need. She also serves as the executive director of the Cross-National Behavioral Health Laboratory and an adjunct professor at the Umea University Department of Social Work.