Presented at the National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter Symposium, Framingham, MA, April 3-4, 2014.
Scott E. Provost, MM, MSW (McLean Hospital, NEC Node).
This presentation provides an overview of the organization, mission, and history of NIDA's National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) in New England, including clinical research trials completed by New England programs participating in the CTN. The CTN was developed partially in response to a 1998 Institute of Medicine Report that spoke of the "serious gaps of communication" between the research community and community-based drug treatment programs. There is also a gap between social work research and practice in the addictions, with one national study of MSW degree programs finding that only 14.3% of accredited schools offered specializations in addiction. The CTN is a partnership between academic research centers and community drug abuse treatment programs, with the aim of developing and implementing multi-site clinical research studies and supporting the dissemination and adoption of any evidence-based interventions that result.
The CTN in New England began with two nodes in 2002 -- the Northern New England Node (with a Regional Research Training Center (RRTC) at McLean Hospital/Harvard) and the New England Node (RRTC at Yale). In 2010 (through the present), those two nodes were combined to form the New England Consortium Node (with McLean and Yale serving as co-RRTCs). The New England node(s) have participated in 9 protocols (as well as the 2 additional baseline studies all CTN organizations participated in), between 2002-2013. Aims and outcomes from those studies are presented, followed by a brief introduction to some of the new studies currently being launched in the network.
CTN studies can also be used as a model to test interventions relevant to social work, such as sexual risk reduction skills training. Social workers are involved in the CTN, serving as study principal investigators, executive directors in treatment programs, program managers, counselors, and research assistants. The CTN is a valuable mechanism for training social workers in the delivery of empirically-supported treatments and counseling styles, and can also serve as a training platform for future careers in the field. Social workers can -- and do! -- play a vital role in helping to bridge the gap between research and treatment in the substance abuse field. (Presentation, PDF, English, 2014)
Keywords: Adoption of interventions | Community health services | Dissemination | National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network | Research participation | Social workers | National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter Symposium, 2014
Document No: 1064
Submitted by Scott E. Provost, MM, MSW, 5/13/2014.