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Anna Nelson

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 17: Workforce Development and Professionalization

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Workforce Development and Professionalization
Workforce development and professionalization
Anna Nelson

Problems associated with substance use have been noted for centuries and those who have supported and worked alongside the people, families and communities experiencing these problems have an interesting and largely unwritten history. This chapter examines some of this history of the alcohol and other drug (AOD) workforce, and then takes a more detailed look at contemporary approaches to addiction workforce development in Europe, the USA, the United Kingdom and Australia. A recurrent theme related to a general health and human services workforce shortages is also identified. A more in-depth look is provided of New Zealand's addiction workforce development in the form of a case study and key considerations for the future of addiction workforce development ...

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