Chair: Kelly Ward
Cochair: Kathy Lay
Addictions are complex phenomena that are often interrelated with other social and psychological problems. They both impact and are impacted by individuals, families, and broad social systems. People can become addicted to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs as well as to processes such as gambling, eating, etc. Given their ubiquitous impact, it is important for social workers to be familiar with the various addiction-related issues. Therefore, social work educators need to be able to incorporate content on the addictions into their courses to adequately prepare students for practice. The addictions track is a forum that fosters the exchange of ideas and knowledge related to the addictions. This track welcomes proposals that address the etiology, prevention, or treatment of addictive behaviors as well as those that address ways of teaching this material across the curriculum.