Cultural Considerations in the Provision of Substance Abuse Treatment for Appalachian Clients
A) Defining Appalachia
B) A Brief History
C) Substance Abuse
II Appalachian Culture
A) General Cultural Characteristics
B) Contemporary Rural Appalachia
C) Contemporary Urban Appalachia
III Treatment Considerations
A) Cultural Competence
B) Establishing a Relationship
IV Religion Considerations
V Treatment Considerations for Women
Goal: Participants will increase their understanding of Appalachian culture in the context of providing substance abuse treatment to rural or urban Appalachian clients.
1) Participants will learn about cultural characteristics common to many Appalachian clients
2) Participants will learn how substance abuse has affected the Appalachian region.
3) Participants will learn how to provide culturally competent substance abuse counseling services for Appalachian clients.
Methods: Home study course, 10 post-test questions.
Linda Martin, LSW, LICDC began her career as a counselor for adolescents in a psychiatric hospital. She then served with the Hamilton County, Ohio Probation Department for 27 years, where she managed a caseload of probationers, and then supervised a unit for special needs felons. This unit included felons who were mentally ill, sex offenders, or found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Linda has also worked as a trainer and liaison who facilitates cooperation between criminal justice, substance abuse, and mental health professionals. Since retirement, she has continued to work part-time in various capacities as a substance abuse therapist. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
Bruce Ripley, MA, CADC worked with adolescent and adult offenders for 6 years as a counselor and supervisor. He has also trained counselors to work in community based settings for adult substance abusing offenders and has developed evaluation criteria for determining the effectiveness of treatment programs for criminal justice clients.
Bruce is currently the development director for a substance abuse treatment agency and a freelance writer. His portfolio includes three successful award nominations and book reviews published in Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction Professionals. He lives in Loveland, Ohio.
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