Follow Charles Twitter Facebook
Email Charles Email
Education
Aug 16, 2019

Social Workers Play Vital Role in Substance Use Treatment Process

Sponsored Content provided by Charles Hardy - Founding Dean and Professor, UNCW College of Health and Human Services

There is a tremendous need for additional social workers and other allied health providers in the treatment of substance use disorders. New Hanover and Onslow Counties are battling the opiate epidemic simultaneously in rural and urban areas. Currently New Hanover is first and Onslow County is 12th in the nation for opioid abuse. Opiate abuse and addiction has legal, medical, and social implications that require a multi-prong approach including education, intervention, treatment, and on-going community awareness and response. This epidemic is resulting in deaths, social implications and increased monetary costs. Local support has been substantial, particularly with the creation Opioid Overdose Prevention Program with several community partners, however, gaps in providing treatment, prevention and education still exist. Creative solutions are needed to address these challenges.
 
The School of Social Work within the College of Health and Human Services at UNC Wilmington is in the forefront of educating future professionals to work in the field of substance use disorders. The school offers a four-course substance use and addictions sequence and field practicum for students interested in pursuing this field. These courses are also available to practicing social workers. Students participating in the Substance Use Disorders and Addictions Certificate program are provided the added benefit of clinical supervision by a licensed clinical addictions specialist and certified clinical supervisor as credentialed by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. Students and community members can take the necessary educational requirements within the UNCW School of Social Work to provide leverage toward the widely sought-after credential, licensed clinical addictions specialist.  

In addition to the certificate program, the School of Social Work has been working with community partners to ensure that all social work students are educated about working with people struggling with addiction. In an effort to increase training on how to best work with families and newborn babies impacted by opioid misuse, the School of Social Work offers simulations that demonstrate best practice interventions for nurses and social workers when interacting with a family where opioid misuse is suspected. More than 140 students and community partners participated in the simulation and debriefing this past year. Community partners plan to utilize the video footage to prepare their workforces. Future simulations will be offered as continuing education opportunities, including collaboration with the court system. Creating these types of educational opportunities for allied health professionals enhances the community’s ability to combat this national crisis. Learn more about the School of Social Work’s Substance Use Disorders and Addictions Certificate here.

The College of Health and Human Services consists of three professional schools - School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Social Work - and employs more than 250 full and part-time staff and faculty and enrolls more than 4,000 students in 16 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Hardy serves as chief academic, fiscal and administrative officer of the college, which is responsible for educating students across the health and human services programs. To learn more about the UNCW College of Health and Human Services, visit www.uncw.edu/chhs. Questions and comments can be directed to [email protected].

Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Jordain 422430214

How to Solve Impossible Problems

Jordan Cain - APPROVE
Untitleddesign5

The Impact of a Growth Mindset

John Monahan - Vistage
Untitleddesign2

The Importance of Real Estate Appraisals

Steve Mitchell - Cape Fear REALTORS®

Trending News

City Of Wilmington Hires Carson As DEI Director

Staff Reports - May 21, 2024

A Topsail Island Estate Fetches Record-setting $4.5M

Cece Nunn - May 21, 2024

Noodles & Company Opens First Wilmington Location This Week

Emma Dill - May 21, 2024

Martin Named Executive Director Of Battleship North Carolina

Staff Reports - May 21, 2024

Wilmington, Myrtle Beach Top PODS List Of Most Moved-to Cities For Second Year

Emma Dill - May 20, 2024

In The Current Issue

Info Junkie: Adam Isley

Adam Isley, founder of a spatial medtech applications and experiences company Artemis Immersive, shares his top tech and info picks....


Half Marathon Takes Whole Race State Title

The top half marathon in each state was crowned based on nearly 20,000 votes from runners across the country....


Restaurants Serve More Outdoor Space

Outdoor dining spaces add another dimension to dining in the Port City and, in some cases, take a restaurant’s brand to new heights. ...

Book On Business

The 2024 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2024 Power Breakfast: The Next Season