ATTC Resources and Twitter Chat on Opioid Use Disorders

Published on : October 30, 2018

The Council on Social Work Education and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network are participating in a Twitter Chat on how to prevent, intervene and support for people with opioid use disorders. ATTC has developed three competency-based guides that provide a host of resources targeted toward peer support workers, counselors, psychologists and social workers.

CSWE President and CEO, Darla Spence Coffey, is pleased that one of the three competency-based guides produced by the SAHMSA-funded Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network is geared towards social workers, who make up the largest proportion of the behavioral health workforce in the U.S., and that the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) was invited to review the competencies and resources. 

The competencies identified in preventing, treating and supporting sustained recovery from opioid use disorders align with the CSWE 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, two CSWE publications Advanced Social Work Practice Competencies in Mental Health Recovery and Advanced Social Work Practice in Prevention of Substance Use Disorders, and the good work of the Massachusetts Schools of Social Work in developing their Social Work Education Core Principles for the Prevention and Management of Substance Misuse. While many social work programs are already integrating substance use disorder content and skill development into their curriculum, it is hoped that these resources will further assist programs in providing this content to the next generation of social workers.  It is vital that we do so.

Want to join the conversation? Follow @attcnetwork, @CSocialWorkEd, and use #knowmoreopioids to share your thoughts. The Twitter Chat is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 at 3pm ET.