Substance Abuse: Information for School Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, and Counselors, 6th Edition

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Substance Abuse: Information for School Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, and Counselors, 6th Edition

By Gary L. Fisher, Thomas C. Harrison
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For courses in Substance Abuse Counseling.


Comprehensive, accessible information on substance abuse with a focus on the populations affected—the ideal text for future professionals in mental health and allied fields.

This text provides comprehensive and accessible coverage of alcohol and other drug prevention, treatment, and recovery for generalist students, prospective mental health professionals, and allied professionals. In addition to basic information on substances of abuse and addiction, the text focuses on clinically relevant knowledge for helping professionals on topics such as cultural competence, co-occurring disorders, other behavioural addictions, children and families, and ethics and confidentiality.


Each chapter includes clinical application cases and questions for further discussion. The new edition inclues a new chapter on Co-Occurring Disorders and Other Special Populations, new information on cultural competencies and intervening with special populations such as the elderly and LGBTQQI, and new information on risk factors for alcohol and other drugs for culturally and ethnically diverse populations.


Gary Fisher is the Founder, first Director, and current Professor for the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was the first Director of the Mountain West Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the Western Region Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies.


After receiving a master’s degree in 1974, Dr. Fisher began his professional career as a school psychologist in the Seattle area. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Educational Psychology from the University of Washington in 1982 and accepted a teaching position in 1983 at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also a licensed psychologist in Nevada.  


Thomas Harrison is the Co-Founder and first Director of the Downing Counseling Clinic at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also former Chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, and the former Associate Dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno.


Dr. Harrison received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1983. Dr. Harrison developed the University of Florida Athletic Department’s Substance Abuse Program and headed that effort for several years. Dr. Harrison is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and, in addition to his professional duties at the University of Nevada, Reno, he has a private practice in the community.


Comprehensive coverage of the substance abuse field, combined with an accessible writing style and succinct, practical topical coverage make this a market-leading resource for generalist students, prospective mental health professionals, and allied professionals.

  • In an practical, concise style, the book covers virtually all topics of importance in the field, including basic pharmacology, models of addiction, assessment and diagnosis, cultural issues, intervention, treatment, recovery, support groups, children and families, other addictions, prevention, confidentiality, screening and brief interventions, recovery oriented systems of care, spirituality, motivational interviewing and other current topics.
  • Applied case studies, At-A-Glance guides to key points, and additional reading and Internet resources sectionshelp ensure learning and concept reinforcement.
  • A new chapter, “Co-Occurring Disorders and Other Special Populations,” covers this area of critical importance to mental health professional and allied professional.
Table of contents
  • Chapter 1    The Role of the Mental Health Professional in Prevention and Treatment
  • Chapter 2    Classification of Drugs
  • Chapter 3    Models of Addiction
  • Chapter 4    Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Populations
  • Chapter 5    Confidentiality and Ethical Issues
  • Chapter 6    Screening, Assessment, and Diagnosis
  • Chapter 7    Motivational Interviewing and Brief Interventions
  • Chapter 8    Treatment of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)
  • Chapter 9    Co-occurring Disorders and Other Special Populations
  • Chapter 10   Relapse Prevention and Recovery
  • Chapter 11   Twelve Step and Other Types of Support Groups
  • Chapter 12   Children and Families
  • Chapter 13   Adult Children and Codependency
  • Chapter 14   HIV/AIDS
  • Chapter 15   Gambling and Other Behavioural Addictions
  • Chapter 16   Prevention