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Addictions Committee 

Louis Burns, Chair




Starting at 9:15 am, a business meeting is followed by a presentation on such topics as HIV/AIDS, Family Systems Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavior therapy.  Meetings generally end around 11:15 am.  RSVPs are not necessary.


Addiction permeates all areas of practice, so whether we are specialists or generalist practitioners, clinicians, activists or researchers, a knowledge of addiction related issues is essential for all social workers to effectively work with our clients. Addiction affects people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and socioeconomic status, and the Addictions Committee is available to all social workers wishing to learn how to recognize and respond to addiction of all types.


The Addictions Committee provides various social work opportunities, including clinical skills development, networking and mutual support, gaining free CASAC credits, involvement in policy initiatives, and conference organizing.

The Addictions Committee has another exciting presentation on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Women, Substance Abuse, and Incarceration
Shamika M. Vargas, LCSW




2-12-2020 - Sex Addiction: Symptoms, Manifestations and Recovery

1-8-2020 - Problem Gambling & Suicide: What this Relationship Means to the Field of Substance Abuse & Mental Health

11-14-2018 - Racism Inequality and Addiction

10-10-2018 - The Intersection of Mass Incarceration and Addictions 

4-11-2018 - Practicing or Just Preaching? Self-care for Addiction Professionals

3-14-2018 - Psychodrams and Action Techniques to Enhance our Work With Clients

2-14-2018 - Lessons from the Substance Use Disorder Field: Identifying and Responding to Teens in Crisis

1-11-2018 - Attachment, Trauma and Substance Abuse

12-13-2017- "The Choice to Recover" SMART Recovery

11-8-2017- Poetry Medicine: Reclaiming Voice and Soul in the Treatment of Addiction

10-11-2017 - Recovery - Building a Foundation in NY State: The Role of Social Workers

09-13-2017 - Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

05-17-2017 - Value-Based Payments & Other Initiatives and General Treatment Issue Related to Sexual Offenders

04-12-2017 - Understanding and Working with Eating Disorders

03-08-17 - Teen Intervene: A Brief Intervention Strategy

02-08-17 - Addictions Committee Meeting-Philosophy and Principles of DBT

01-11-17-  Hypnotherapy: Treating Substance Use Disorders



The Threefold mission of the New York City Chapter Addictions Committee:

1.  Professional Development

Monthly in-service and networking workshops as part of committee meetings for students, professionals, and all interested in the latest innovative clinical topics, good for CASAC and CEU credits.

2. Peer Support

Social workers seeking information on referral to treatment resources for alcohol or drug abuse problems or problem gambling can contact the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services screening, assessment and referral service at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369)



3. Political Action and Public Policy

Through revenue produced by the Annual Addictions Institute, the committee has been able to contribute to the hiring of the Chapter Lobbyist ensuring that issues concerning addiction treatment are represented in legislation. Many committee members are on national panels and very involved in policy development and legislation.  The Policy Subcommittee is working on two main goals. To promote the first one, reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. The second goal, expanded training and education of social workers about addiction, will involve partnering with other organizations.

Learn more about NASW's Specialty Certification recognizing highly trained social workers in the substance abuse field. Certified Clinical Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Social Worker (C-CATODSW).



NASW-NYC would like to thank our exhibitors and sponsors
for their participation and contributions
at the 48th Annual NASW-NYC Addictions Institute








 We Would like to Thank Our 2016 Sponsors & Exhibitors







 Advanced Clinical Laboratory Solutions Diagnostics, Inc.

Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches

Bridge Back to Life Center, Inc

Employee Assistance Professionals Association, NYC-Chapter

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

High Watch Recovery Center Inc

Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy

Inter-Care Ltd

The LGBT Community Services Center - Center Recovery Program 

Marworth Treatment Center

New Directions Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Realization Center Inc

Seafield Center, Inc

Walden University



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