SSW Training Goes Virtual with More Attendees

SSW Training Goes Virtual - with More Attendees

4/20 – Due to the coronavirus, the School of Social Work and the local chapter of National Association of Social Workers held its March 27 “Expanding Knowledge and Skills with Technology and Substance Use Disorders Treatment and Recovery” training seminar online. More than 100 people attended, exceeding the in-person event’s capacity of 75.

In honor of Social Work Month, the training was designed to enhance the curriculum required of students within the Substance Use Disorders and Addictions Program. The event was open to students, field Instructors, faculty and community partners with interest in substance use treatment and recovery. 

Speakers Brian Williamson, UNCW part-time faculty, and Donald McDonald, behavioral health recovery consultant at DMcDRecovery, spoke on a range of topics, including the application of American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria, ethics in treatment and recovery with Substance Use Disorders, the use of apps for prevention and recovery support, social media and future trends in technology and substance use. Additionally, they covered some of the latest widely recognized tools for the assessment and treatment of Substance Use Disorders.

The training was made possible by the Expansion of Practitioner Education grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and The Council on Social Work Education.