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ERIC Number: EJ838507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
The Impact of a Post-Master's Program in Substance Abuse on Social Work and Other Health Professionals
Straussner, Shulamith Lala A.; Vairo, Elena
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v27 n1-2 p105-123 Jun 2007
Substance abuse is a major problem encountered by social workers in all settings. This study investigated the impact of a postmaster's program in the treatment of substance-abusing clients on the domains of "Attitudes and Values," "Knowledge and Skills," and "Behaviors" of its graduates. Overall, 91 percent of respondents found the program to be professionally beneficial to them. Significant increases were shown on all items in the "Knowledge and Skills Scale" and the "Behavior Scale". Among the greatest changes reflected in the "Attitudes and Values Scale" were increases in respondents' desire to add substance-abusing clients to their caseloads, their belief for good recovery prognosis, and their comfort level in being considered a substance abuse specialist. The results of this study indicate that completion of a comprehensive, long-term substance abuse training program not only increases clinicians' knowledge about substance abuse issues, but also impacts positively on their attitudes and behavior toward substance-abusing clients. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Values Scale