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This the short 2-hour session which provides instruction to staff who work with substance using and abusing clients. The program is in 2 parts with Part-1 examining the pharmacology of substances and alcohol and how they affect humans. Part-2 then take a look at evidence-based methods practitioners must apply to achieve desired outcomes.
The program also looks at co-occuring disorders and how they serve to further complicate work with clients.
The use of Evidence-based approaches in the prevention and treatment of substance use and abuse is supported by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as well as the National Institute of Drug Abuse. A great deal of research provides clear evidence to support the efficacy of using evidence-based practices over more intuitive approaches.
Program Goals and Learning Outcomes
The program is presented by a member of the 2003 SAMHSA Policy Academy for Co-occurring Disorders and covers the basic approaches for substance abuse prevention and treatment including use of evidence-based practices and support groups to enhance the skills and knowledge of practitioners in the field. At the end of this training participants will, among other things, be able to;
Mark Lowis, LMSW, MCSW, MINT, EBP Implementation Specialist
Mr. Mark Lowis is best described as a person who is focused on staff development and training for the purpose of improving the moment of contact between a practitioner and the individual receiving services. His trainings are known for depth of knowledge and effectiveness in providing clear influence on the participating practitioners' skills.
His experience includes case management, treatment, supervision, staff development, and management of adult and juvenile justice programs including a very specialized program for Parolee-Sex Offender Alcoholics and Addicts.
Mr. Lowis began his career as a Law Enforcement and Corrections Specialist in the United States Air Force. During his 10 years of service Mr. Lowis performed as a Law Enforcement Supervisor and later as a Master Instructor in the Air Force Police Academy. Following the Air Force he completed a Bachelors Degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan, and the Masters of Clinical Social Work at Michigan State University. He is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and carries advanced credentials in other evidence based practices.
In 33 years of practice Mr. Lowis has worked in various public and private human services programs and held positions ranging from clinical therapist, case-manager, director of operations for a national managed care company, director of utilization management, and contract negotiator. Currently Mr. Lowis holds a position with the Michigan Department of Community Health where he is responsible for the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices and best practice across the public health system.
Mr. Lowis is also an adjunct professor at the Oakland University School of Medicine, the University of Michigan-School of Social Work, and the Wayne State University-School of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry-Research Division.
As a Joyfields Institute Associate Faculty Mr. Lowis leads the staff development and training activities, systems and process design improvements and leadership enhancement practice.