2018 – 2020: (Ongoing) Acculturation and Latinx Presence in New York State Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Abstract Facilitating Latinx help-seeking access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment is essential and challenging. This mixed-methods study by a not-for-profit group in New York State attempts to give voice to the treatment provider presence and to describe their experiences concerning the successful development of resources that increase access and encourage involvement of Latino/a clients in SUD treatment in New York State. Findings were that provider acculturation level was significantly related to the presence of Latinx clients in SUD treatment. Clinicians’ comments illuminate trends and highlight creative ways in which clinics can enhance Latino/a SUD treatment access and involvement. Link to full paper.

2017: An Evaluation of an E-learning Intervention to Update Social Work Practice
Abstract This paper presents an evaluation of an e-learning intervention for social work clinicians designed to teach practice skills useful with substance use disorders. The evaluation compares outcomes for two groups of trainees in clinical social work practice. Outcomes of the group taking the training with interactive components demonstrate higher clinician satisfaction and lower retention as compared with the control group. Additionally, the evaluation examines outcomes of the training on social workers’ self-confidence, attitude, knowledge, and skill concerning the use of Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy in practice with substance use disorders. Outcomes suggest advantages of developing e-learning modes for conveying clinical skills. Link to full paper.

2011: Factors Related to Implementation of Best Substance Use Disorder Practices
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment services for youth and adults can be improved by the implementation of appropriate Evidence Based Practices. Although researchers have identified contextual and personal/cognitive factors that affect the adoption of empirically based practices into substance use treatment services (e.g., Aarons, 2004; Eccles, Grimshaw, Walker, Johnston, & Pitts, 2005), implementation remains low. The study found that the social workers implemented Best Practices with 75% of their clients with SUDs. Of the seven Best Practices surveyed, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Self-Help Interventions, and Motivational Interviewing were the most widely-used. The social cognitive factors of confidence and motivation were found to explain between 51% and 71% of the variance in implementation. Social contextual variables of leadership attitude and social network implementation were found to moderate the relationships between social cognitive variables and implementation.