ERIC Number: ED440343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Substance Abuse and Counseling: An Introduction.
Individuals with substance abuse problems present a critical problem in the United States. Outside the social and economic losses presented by these problems, personal devastation is severe and usually ongoing. Many individuals with substance abuse problems are unable to, or do not, access treatment, and for those who do, treatment success rates are low. Thus, there is a need to insure that counselors are available and competent to provide service within all counseling settings. Graduate school counselor preparation programs should insure graduates are effective in counseling individuals with substance abuse problems. Effective counseling is proposed as holistic, individual based, and a person centered process. It emphasizes empowering the client, not treating the substance abuse problem. Counseling professions are identified, discussed, and found in most cases to be deficient in relation to developing counseling skills with individuals presenting substance abuse problems. Counselors, counselor education programs, and their related associations and accrediting bodies must begin to insure this expertise exists for the critical problem of substance abuse within our society to be addressed. Also included is a facilitator's manual which is a practical guide for teaching content through guided experiential projects. Five objectives are listed, and five student exercises are provided. (Contains 29 references.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Substance Abuse and Counseling; see CG 030 037.