A Survey of Knowledge, Competence, and Training Needs of Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals
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Treatment professionals providing substance abuse treatment under the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services were surveyed regarding knowledge, competence, and training needs surrounding emerging substance abuse interventions. A sample of 116 substance abuse treatment clinicians responded to a 25-item instrument that was developed to investigate knowledge and competence of emerging substance abuse interventions including psychopharmacology, genomics, and neuroimaging. Participants were also requested to indicate the number of continuing education training hours provided through their employed organizations within the last two years, as well as opinions and recommendations for future training. Results indicated that the substance abuse professionals within this study felt that they are competent in emerging substance abuse interventions and have received adequate continuing education training opportunities through their employed organization, although, provided much feedback in ways to encourage and improve continuing education training.