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Barriers to Effective Implementation of Evidence-Based Addictions Treatment
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When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
305 7th Avenue
13th Floor
New York, New York  10001
United States

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Adolescent substance abuse is a serious public health issue with substantial costs and deleterious outcomes for youth, families, and society. Unfortunately, treatment has not kept up with need or with major scientific advances. The gap between science and service is greater in the substance abuse treatment field than for all other psychiatric concerns. As a result, adolescents seeking treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs) are unlikely to receive an evidence-based practice (EBP) despite there being proven treatments available.


Sadly, there is little evidence that practitioners have access to the resources they need to effectively integrate EBPs into their practice despite reporting a desire to learn new treatments. Effective training is essential to our profession and to understanding various populations, social justice issues, cultural differences, effective treatment methods, and ethics which are integral to becoming a well-rounded and trained practitioner. Research has shown that we struggle to effectively train practitioners so that they can best serve the community. By improving practitioners understanding of the barriers to effective uptake we can have a profound impact on the quality and accessibility of effective addictions treatment for adolescents.


This presentation will present the top barriers to successful use of EBP’s and will provide participants with a tool to evaluate their readiness to adopt new treatments from a community, organizational, and individual level. We will also summarize the latest research on what makes an effective training and what supervision and support is necessary to effectively implement an EBP after training is over. This information will help practitioners evaluate training opportunities, approach their organizations about training and professional growth opportunities, and enrich their own training experience. The target audience is students, practitioners, program supervisors and directors.



With this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the challenges of adopting EBP’s in the community
  • Learn how to assess readiness to adopt new treatment approaches

  • Learn how to get the most out of training to enhance professional development



NASW Member: $55 | Non-Member: $115


3 SW CE Contact Hours






Erin Iwanusa, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializes in adolescent substance use, instructional design, and hospice and palliative care. She is currently part of a NIH NIDA-funded study researching ways to effectively train counselors to implement evidence-based

treatments. She has extensive experience implementing evidence-based treatments in the community and training practitioners how to successfully treat adolescent substance abuse.


Ms. Iwanusa has been working as a private practitioner in Brooklyn, NY. She received her Master of Social Work from Boston University, and is a PhD candidate at Wurzweiler School of Social Work.





NASW-NYC Certificates Policy


As per New York State Continuing Education guidelines, attendees must arrive on time and attend the ENTIRE workshop to receive their Continuing Education Contact Hours. Any attendees who arrive late or leaves early to a workshop will not receive their certificate, is not allowed admittance into the workshop and is also not eligible for a refund in any way. Please check transportation schedules ahead of time and plan accordingly.


We are currently transitioning from providing paper certificates to electronic ones. Please ensure that your registration information is accurate (name, e-mail, license type and number) as this will impact your continuing education certificates. NASW-NYC is not responsible for the accuracy of your registration information. To receive your certificate of completion, on the workshop date, please sign-in with your time and before you leave, initial-out with your time. Please allow up to 30 calendar days after the workshop date to receive your certificate.



NASW-NYC Refund Policy


All refund requests must be submitted by e-mail to workshops.naswnyc@socialworkers.orgRefund e-mails must include the subject line "Refund Request" as well as the attendee's name, workshop date and title in the body of the e-mail. Valid requests must be received no later than five business days prior to course date. NASW-NYC reserves the right to refuse any refunds requested later than five days prior to the course date.


All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee.

Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

Refunds ONLY; credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop.


If the workshop is cancelled, you will be informed ahead of time and fully refunded.



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NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0060.

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