With contributions from leading international academics across the social sciences, this accessible takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 39 chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Central Social Science Theories Drug and Alcohol Studies Part II Pillars in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies Part III Controversies and New Approaches in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community.

Workforce Development and Professionalization

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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