Addictions & Substance Abuse Episodes
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The following episodes are in the *Addictions & Substance Abuse* category:
Episode 278 - Dr. John Gallagher: It's all about relationships: Drug Courts - what are they and how do they work? (part 2 of 2)
Interviewer: Caitlin Rudin
Monday, January 13, 2020, 8:33:42 AM
In the second of a two-part podcast, our guest Dr. John Gallagher elaborates on the racial disparities his research is revealing related to drug court outcomes. He describes the four main themes he has identified via qualitative research with African-American drug court participants and recommendations for practice based on this work.
Episode 276 - Dr. John Gallagher: It's all about relationships: Drug Courts - what are they and how do they work? (part 1 of 2)
Interviewer: Caitlin Rudin
Monday, December 02, 2019, 9:04:29 AM
In the first of a two-part podcast, Dr. John Gallagher discusses his teaching, practice and scholarly activity with drug courts and their outcomes. Beginning with an overview of drug courts and how they work, he introduces a conversation related to racial disparities in outcome studies that he will elaborate on in part two of this podcast.
Episode 267 - Dr. Robert T. Muller: Working with Trauma Survivors: Therapeutic Approaches and Strategies for Promoting Posttraumatic Growth
Interviewer: Caitlin Beck
Monday, July 01, 2019, 9:30:21 AM
In this podcast, our guest Dr. Robert T. Muller describes his clinical work with individuals who have experienced trauma. He discusses why trauma survivors engage in avoidance within close relationships, why they use specific coping strategies, and challenges that can occur in psychotherapy. Using case examples, Dr. Muller illustrates several therapeutic approaches, techniques, and strategies that can be beneficial in work with trauma survivors and in promoting posttraumatic growth. He also compares his perspective to other forms of trauma work.
Episode 261 - Dr. Stephanie Elias Sarabia and Dr. Kathleen Ray: Lessons Learned from Portugal’s Drug Decriminalization Policy: Educating Students on Alternative Models
Interviewer: Caitlin Beck
Monday, April 08, 2019, 9:35:46 AM
In this episode, our guests Dr. Stephanie Elias Sarabia and Dr. Kathleen Ray describe the Ramapo College study abroad program, and how exposure to Portugal’s system has heightened students understanding of the political, legal, and social context of decriminalization. They provide an overview of Portugal’s drug decriminalization policy, and compare and contrast how the US differs from Portugal in regards to approaching substance abuse. Drs. Elias Sarabia and Ray emphasize the need for social workers to challenge our current belief systems regarding drug addiction and treatment, and provide strategies for educators interested in building an international program.
Episode 248 - Stephanie Diez: Internet Gaming Disorder Among Youth: Research, Policy, and Practice Considerations
Interviewer: Charles Syms, LCSW/ACSW
Monday, September 24, 2018, 8:19:26 AM
In this episode, our guest Stephanie Diez discusses the relationship between Internet gaming disorder and other addictive behaviors, and how Internet gaming is categorized within the DSM-5. National and international social policy initiatives designed to address this public health issue are described, and resources and suggestions on how social workers can more effectively identify and address this disorder are provided.
Episode 201 - Dr. Steven Halady, Erin DeWolfe, and Jessica Bonczar: Multisystemic Therapy: A Strengths-Based, Collaborative Approach for Working with Negative Adolescent Behaviors
Interviewer: Julie Hasselbeck, MSW
Monday, October 10, 2016, 7:57:48 AM
Anyone working with the disruptive behaviors of a challenging adolescent understands just how difficult that work can be. When these problematic behaviors are present, successful resolution may require involvement from several of a child's networks. Multisystemic therapy (MST) is an intensive intervention that works with the adolescent and their family, while also engaging the other important systems in the child's life. In this episode, Dr. Steven Halady, Erin DeWolfe, and Jessica Bonczar describe what MST is and how its ecological foundation informs and directs its application.
Episode 184 - Nancy Roget: Around the Next Curve: Using Technology in Addiction Social Work Practice
Interviewer: Charles Syms, LCSW
Monday, February 01, 2016, 7:51:28 AM
The literature on the use of tele-mental health is more than 50 years old, yet its integration into clinical social work practice has lagged. In this episode, Nancy Roget illustrates how technology can be incorporated into clinical social work by using applications being developed to address the treatment and recovery needs of substance addicted individuals. Additionally, Ms. Roget explores the of use of technology in clinical supervision.
Episode 139 - Dr. Robert Keefe and Dr. Barbara Rittner: The Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5): A Conversation
Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:01:22 AM
In this episode, Dr. Robert Keefe and Dr. Barbara Rittner engage in a conversation about the recently released DSM-5. Their discussion reviews many of the important changes to the manual. They also discuss several of the challenges and concerns identified with this edition.
Episode 120 - Dr. Nikki Wooten: Gender Differences Among Army Service Members in Substance Use Treatment Utilization During the Year Prior to Deployment
Interviewer: Thomas H. Nochajski, PhD
Monday, May 27, 2013, 12:52:47 PM
In this episode, Dr. Nikki Wooten, herself an Army officer, describes her current research into the gender differences related to substance use treatment utilization of Army members in the year prior to their deployment. Her findings reveal the unique needs of women in our military, especially as they play an increasing role in our armed services.
Episode 98 - Professor Susan Green and Dr. Thomas Nochajski: The Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC)
Monday, June 11, 2012, 9:46:49 AM
In this episode, UB School of Social Work faculty members and co-directors Susan Green and Thomas Nochajski introduce the new Institute for Trauma and Trauma Informed Care. They describe the series of events and experiences that led to the development of the Institute and how the needs of the service delivery systems in the Buffalo area led to the development of, and continue to inform, the Institute's mission. Current activity and future plans are discussed.
Episode 96 - Dr. Amy Watson and Brian Kelly: Forensic Assertive Community Treatment: Preliminary Outcomes and the Role of Environmental Influences
Interviewer: Patricia Logan-Greene, PhD, MSSW
Monday, May 14, 2012, 9:42:29 AM
In this episode, Dr. Amy Watson and Brian Kelly discuss their research into Forensic Assertive Community Treatment, an adaptation of traditional ACT that attempts to explore the unique challenges faced by previously incarcerated persons with mental illness as they re-enter communities. Dr. Watson and Mr. Kelly interpret their findings and advocate for a broader response beyond focus on this population's mental illness to an appreciation for environmental factors (such as housing) in the population's attempts to avoid recidivism and experience success in the community.
Episode 85 - Dr. Stella Resko: Risk Factors for Early Treatment Dropout Among Women with Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders and PTSD
Interviewer: Amy R. Manning, PhD, LMSW
Monday, November 28, 2011, 9:50:51 AM
In this episode, Dr. Stella Resko discusses her research examining the role of substance use, PTSD, and environmental barriers in contributing to early treatment dropout.
Episode 55 - Dr. Elizabeth Robinson: I Should've Could've Died: Spiritual Change in Recovery from Alcoholism
Interviewer: Peter Sobota, LCSW
Monday, September 20, 2010, 8:30:47 AM
In this episode, Dr. Elizabeth Robinson discusses her work on spiritual and religious changes associated with recovery from alcohol problems. Dr. Robinson notes changes in client sense of forgiveness and purpose as well as day-to-day religious practices and experiences. Dr. Robinson also offers insights about how to nurture the spiritual quest as part of social work practice behaviors.
Episode 35 - Dr. Elizabeth Tracy: Social Networks, Trauma, Substance Abuse, and Dual Disorders Among Women
Interviewer: Charles Syms, MSW
Monday, December 14, 2009, 10:20:43 AM
In this podcast, Dr. Elizabeth Tracy traces the significance of social networks in social work practice, describes the types of social network interventions used by social workers, and discusses her research concerning social networks and the role of trauma and violence among women presenting with substance abuse or dual disorders.
Episode 29 - Dr. David Biegel: Facilitators and Barriers to Supported Employment for Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders
Interviewer: Savra Frounfelker, MSW
Monday, September 21, 2009, 8:57:47 AM
In this episode, Dr. David Biegel discusses his latest research examining facilitators and barriers to employment for individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorders, and implications for agency practices.
Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW
Monday, March 23, 2009, 11:50:30 AM
In this episode, Dr. Wooksoo Kim discusses her research on alcohol use among elderly Korean immigrants in Toronto, Canada.
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