Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues

Josephine F. Wilson, D.D.S., Ph.D., Director

RRTC Archives: Training & Dissemination

The training component of the RRTC utilized a variety of materials, venues, and trainers in order to address needs within pre- and in-service populations. Training and dissemination included extensive utilization of distance learning media, especially the internet, to provide professionals and consumers with timely and relevant information.

One of the greatest challenges in regards to training encountered during the initial funding cycle of the RRTC was fulfilling all the training requests received from community, VR, chemical dependency treatment, and hospital systems. For example, as of Fall 1998 over 500 RRTC manuals on Substance Abuse, Disability, and Vocational Rehabilitation had been distributed and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT, SAMHSA) had ordered the printing of an additional 1,000 manuals to meet the needs of chemical dependency treatment providers across the country. Eileen Wolkstein, CRD, Ph.D., CRC, New York University, School of Education, Rehabilitation Counseling Program, directed the comprehensive training activities of the RRTC. The activities included in-service training for substance abuse treatment programs, state VR agencies, state substance abuse agencies, and hospitals. Several of the training sessions were conducted in collaboration with the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers. The RRTC also collaborated on state-wide conferences and seminars. A cadre of trainers with advanced exposure to the SARDI curriculum, including a number of persons with disabilities who are associated with the National Association on Alcohol, Drugs, and Disability (NAADD), was used to help provide the training.

The fourth year of operation concluded with a national conference designed to assist with the dissemination of RRTC findings. A separate component of the program involved adapting SARDI's award winning Drug Free School special education curriculum for us by VR programs associated with youth with disabilities who are transitioning from school to work. Two train-the-trainer sessions were additionally conducted.