Dr. Leslie Temme
Department of Social Work

Cultural Competency in Substance Abuse Treatment

Summer Session (Hybrid Course)
SOCW 524 (70)- CRN 50021- Thursdays, 5-8pm- hybrid course
Start date, 6/06- Cullowhee, west campus, HHSB #(TBA)
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This course provides an overview of unique problems and needs of diverse populations who misuse or are addicted to substances. Students will be provided a culturally informed framework for understanding and applying culturally sensitive social interventions and strategies. Some specific groups that may be discussed include lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender individuals, Americans of African, Native American, Latino, and/or Asian descent, adolescents, older adults, and individuals who live in rural areas. The readings examine how cultural factors may affect a person's attitude toward alcohol and other drugs, patterns of substance use, reasons for seeking treatment, and responsiveness to various interventions.



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