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Regardless of specialization and expertise, behavioral and medical healthcare professionals are increasingly expected to effectively screen, refer, and work with clients experiencing problems stemming from their use of psychoactive substances. This foundational training is designed specifically for professionals wanting an overview of today’s approach to substance use treatment. The workshop will address the historic and contemporary models for addiction, the emerging language of addiction, screening and assessment of substance use disorders, drug classifications, and a host of other components essential when working with clients with substance use problems.


Michael McGuire is employed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work as a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of the Substance Use and Addiction Specialty program. He is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS), and is a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) and Motivational Interviewing Network Trainer. His areas of expertise include: adolescent and family development, childhood trauma, substance use treatment, experiential learning, military family life-cycles, Motivational Interviewing, Feedback Informed Treatment, clinical supervision, behavioral health implementation science, ethics, and workforce development. Michael worked as a clinical director of a comprehensive child and family treatment agency and recently returned from Germany following a three-year excursion working with American military families stationed abroad. He enjoys puns, travel, and personal growth. In that order.

 Winston-Salem Clinical Lecture Series, a joint program of UNC School of Social Work and Northwest AHEC of Wake Forest School of Medicine

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