Higher Education

Alcohol, Other Drugs and Addictions: A Professional Development Manual for Social Work and the Human Services, 1st Edition

  • Allan Edward Barsky Florida Atlantic University at Fort Lauderdale
  • ISBN-10: 0534641253  |  ISBN-13: 9780534641252
  • 336 Pages
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $92.25



Designed to prepare students for the realities of working with clients affected by addictions, this text provides the necessary tools needed to competently translate addictions theory into practice. It offers a thorough examination of a range of models and perspectives for helping, and it encourages critical thinking to best match approaches with clients and situations. Presented in a work-text format, this book is full of cases, exercises, role-plays, and questions that encourage comprehension of concepts and application to practice.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. Pharmacology.
3. Models of Helping Individuals With AODA Problems.
4. Techniques of Engagement: Micro�Mezzo�Macro.
5. Assessment: Micro�Mezzo�Macro.
6. Helping Families Change.
7. Facilitating Change Through Group Work and Treatment Programs.
8. Helping Communities Change.
9. Health Promotion and Public Policy Development.
10. Termination, Follow-Up, Maintenance, and Relapse Prevention.
11. AODA Research and Evaluation.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"This text fills a tremendous gap in material available to instructors in the area of substance abuse. It is a phenomenal resource filled with practical, best-practice oriented exercises that support critical thinking, the blending and application of essential knowledge and skills, and the development of professional self-awareness."

— Lee Yetta Stein, Maui Community College

"It is clear to me that Dr. Barsky has the rare ability to pinpoint and integrate essential attitude, skill, and content areas into thoughtful, engaging and valuable assignments for students."

— Lee Yetta Stein, Maui Community College

"I would describe it as an experientially based manual that also includes useful content. It is more than a workbook because students have to go to other sources if they are to have enough information to carry out many of the activities outlined in the manuscript. I think it would be a good addition to any chemical dependency counseling course, or it could be used in conjunction with a series of courses."

— Bradon Hunt, Penn State University


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Allan Edward Barsky

Dr. Allan Edward Barsky has a background in law, social work, and conflict resolution. He is presently a Professor of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University and a Family Mediator accredited by the Supreme Court of Florida. Dr. Barsky has mediated family and community disputes in New York City, Toronto, Calgary, and Fort Lauderdale. He is a past President of Ontario Association of Family Mediation and former national board member of Conflict Resolution Network Canada. His research has been published in Negotiation Journal, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, and Family Courts Review. He has taught conflict resolution courses in the United States, Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Barsky's other book credits include SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION: A STUDENT'S GUIDE (Brooks/Cole, 2006), ALCOHOL, OTHER DRUGS AND ADDICTIONS: A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANUAL FOR SOCIAL WORK AND THE HUMAN SERVICES (Brooks/Cole, 2006), INTERDISCIPLINARY PRACTICE WITH DIVERSE POPULATIONS (Greenwood, 2000), and CLINICIANS IN COURT (Guilford, 2002). Dr. Barsky has also been active in promoting civil rights and equality for various minority groups.