Professor Shelley Steenrod contributed to The Council on Social Work Education's newly released Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use Social Work Practice as a member of a national task force of social work educators. Dr. Steenrod's contributions were informed by her extensive practice and research experience in the field of substance use and addictions. The curricular guide Dr. Steenrod helped develop includes comprehensive resources for teaching social work practice skills in substance use.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that professional social workers are the largest group of mental health services providers in the United States. In fact, there are more clinically trained social workers—over 200,000—than psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychiatric nurses combined (NASW, 2020). Both federal law and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize social work as one of five core behavioral health professions (NASW, 2020).
Lisa M Johnson