ERIC Number: ED435893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Substance Abuse and Counseling: A Perspective. ERIC Digest.
Substance abuse is a major social problem and concern for counselors. It is the most prevalent mind disorder encompassing some 40% of the diagnoses in the DSM-IV, the number one continuing health problem, and the number one prison problem in the United States. Yet, school, rehabilitation, and mental health counselor education programs do not require expertise in this area as a prerequisite to receiving a degree. This digest focuses on identification of counseling outcome research implications for counseling individuals with substance abuse problems and highlights the following conclusions regarding counseling individuals with substance abuse problems: (1) All counselors will counsel individuals with presenting or related problems of substance abuse; (2) Counselors counsel and empower individuals with substance abuse problems versus treating the substance abuse problem; (3) Counselors must be able to establish the same open, collaborative, and therapeutic relationship in counseling individuals with substance abuse problems as they do with other client populations; (4) Counselors must focus the counseling relationship on addressing the client's presenting problems directly and identifying client need for change (5) Counselors must know community resources and procedures for referral to be able to insure access to effective and appropriate support services for clients. (Contains 4 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Bias, Counseling Effectiveness, Counselor Attitudes, Counselor Client Relationship, Counselor Performance, Counselor Training, Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Drug Use, Individual Counseling, Substance Abuse
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.