Volume 1, Issue 3

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In this Issue...
   > Introduction to the Third Issue of The Bridge
   > New Release: ATTC Network's Workforce Report
   > The Devil Will Be in the Details
   > Learning the Most About the Workforce...
   > Capturing the Full Diversity of the Workforce is Crucial
   > Are Counselor Salaries the Right Focus?
   > We Need Much Less of the Same
   > Making Use of Classical Approaches
   > Response to Issues Raised

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> Introduction to the Third Issue of The Bridge
By Paul Roman, Editor
A workforce is the "body and soul" of any specialty field of endeavor. The substance abuse treatment workforce is large and diverse, and has a very colorful history. Read More...

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America's Treatment Forceforce Report> Understanding America's Substance Use Disorders Treatment Workforce: A Summary Report
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> The Devil Will Be in the Details
By Steve Martino, Ph.D.
As noted in the report, the workforce is aging out and there is an insufficient number of adequately prepared professionals coming into the field and/or remaining to meet treatment needs. Read More...

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> Learning the Most About the Substance Abuse Treatment Workforce, Including Technology Transfer Roles
By Heather J. Gotham, Ph.D.
The Murphy-Hubbard Summery Report on the workforce does a great job of reviewing what is known about the workforce and outlining ways to gather needed information in the future... Read More...

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> Understanding Addiction Treatment Workforces: Capturing the Full Diversity is Crucial
By Dennis McCarty, Ph.D., and Traci Reickmann, Ph.D.
IThe National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) completed one of the more comprehensive organizational and workforce assessments. A summary of the results reveals a diverse and varied workforce.  Read More...

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> Are Counselor Salaries the Right Focus for Improving Workforce Retention? Re-Considering the Importance of Managerial Practices and Clinical Supervision
By Hannah K. Knudsen, Ph.D.
This new workforce report suggests that increasing counselor salaries are an important method for improving workforce retention. But how important is salary in understanding counselor turnover? Read More...

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> We Need Much Less of the Same: Transforming the Substance Abuse Workforce
By Michael Boyle
An alternative approach to addressing addiction treatment staff shortages is to envision what the treatment system may or perhaps should be in the future. Read More...

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> Making Use of Classical Approaches to Workforce Analysis
By Paul Roman, Ph.D.
This report effectively captures the current research and fully outlines its many shortcomings and will hopefully translate further into opportunities to learn as much as possible about the workforce. Read More...

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> Response to Issues Raised
By Robert Hubbard, Ph.D., and Deena Murphy, Ph.D.
The issues raised in the comments of the reviewers are all important and critical to the field and its capacity to deliver effective and efficient treatment. . Read More...

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Concluding Thoughts...Now, It's Your Turn!
It is our hope that the ideas presented in this issue have made you think about your own views on the needs of the addictions treatment workforce. If so, we want to hear from you! If your opinions and experiences differ from that presented in this issue, send us your reactions. Please address your responses to thebridge@ATTCnetwork.org and you may see them in the next issue!

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Points of Interest...

Recommended Reading
Strenthening Professional Identity ReportStrengthening Professional Identity: Challenges of the Addictions Treatment Workforce



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