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Addiction in the Schools: Improving Training for School Counselors


Apr 28, 2018 4:00pm ‐ Apr 28, 2018 5:00pm


Credits: None available.

Description

This session will pose a change in the way substance abuse is taught within school counseling programs. School counseling programs should place more emphasis on screenings/assessment and brief interventions in training school counselors to match current trends. This session will emphasize teaching methods and content necessary for preparing school counselors to provide addiction screening, assessment and brief interventions. Identifying available resources will also be emphasized.

This presentation poses a change in the way substance abuse is taught within school counseling programs. The presenters suggest that school counseling programs place a stronger emphasis on substance abuse screenings/assessment and brief interventions in the training of school counselors to match current trends within society. The ASCA National Model (2012) identifies the role of school counselors in identifying barriers to student’s learning and factors affecting student’s behavior in the schools. It is suggested that school counselors assess the data of their current population to determine the most effective way to meet the needs of the students, specifically noting alcohol, tobacco, and other drug violations. According to Burrow-Sanchez, Lopez, and Slagle (2008), middle school counselors perceived themselves as “lacking competence in specific areas related to student substance abuse” (p. 282). Similarly Burrow-Sanchez and Lopez (2009), high school counselors also felt inadequately prepared in screening/assessment. These studies, among others, clearly identify a gap in many counselor education programs preparation of school counselors.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn how to help participants increase practical application, knowledge, and skills in addiction within the limitations of a school setting.
    • Gain an understanding of key elements needed for effective substance abuse assessment and referral planning such as using brief assessment instruments like the CAGE, AUDIT, SASSI-3, and other related assessments.
    • Learn helpful strategies for teaching students to conduct brief interventions within a school setting.                                                                                           Assist students in learning how to locate helpful addictions resources.

    Speaker(s):

    • LaShauna Dean, PhD, Assistant Professor, William Paterson University
    • Michelle Hinkle, PhD, Assistant Professor, William Paterson University
    • Meredith J. Drew, PhD, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, William Paterson University
    • Karen Decker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, William Paterson University

    Credits

    Credits: None available.

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