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New Directions in Treatment, Education, and Outreach for Mental Health and Addiction

  • Thalia MacMillan
  • Amanda Sisselman-Borgia


  • Highlights intersection of diagnosis, treatment, and education

  • Updates innovations within these three unique yet intersecting areas

  • Information can be generalized to a multitude of populations


Part of the Advances in Mental Health and Addiction book series (AMHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Diagnosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kevin Coffey
      Pages 3-8
    3. Peter J. Pociluyko, Thalia MacMillan
      Pages 9-23
    4. Audrey Redding-Raines, Jermaine J. Monk
      Pages 57-71
    5. Rebecca K. Eliseo-Arras
      Pages 81-101
    6. Amanda Sisselman-Borgia
      Pages 103-109
    7. Justine McGovern, Stephanie Sarabia
      Pages 111-124
  3. Practice

  4. Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255

About this book


This practice-enhancing volume assembles the latest innovative thinking on working with clients who have both mental health diagnoses and substance use disorders. Diagnosis is a central focus of the coverage, untangling the often-knotty considerations surrounding dual diagnosis and the complex issues surrounding treatment even in frequently seen combinations (e.g., depression/alcohol abuse). The section on practice emphasizes meeting patients where they are and making use of their community, cultural, and spiritual contexts in crafting interventions. And the book’s ambitious chapters on professional development describe training programs with the potential to produce the next generation of responsive, knowledgeable, and flexible therapists.

Among the topics covered:

·         Comprehensive assessment of substance abuse and addiction risk in adolescents.

·         The relationship between attachment and addiction.

·         Addiction in the community: the role of emergency services.

·         Substance use during and after major crisis and disaster: a practitioner’s guide.

·         Practice, advocacy, and outreach: perspectives on addiction services.

·         Teaching the importance of developing the therapeutic relationship.

New Directions in Treatment, Education, and Outreach for Mental Health and Addiction equips health and clinical psychologists, social workers, and addiction counselors and educators with a well-rounded understanding of a growing population, and a wealth of perspectives on effective new interventions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Thalia MacMillan
    • 1
  • Amanda Sisselman-Borgia
    • 2
  1. 1.SUNY Empire State CollegeCommunity and Human ServicesNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Social WorkLehman CollegeBronxUSA

About the editors

Thalia MacMillan is an assistant professor and mentor of community and human services in the Center for Distance Learning (CDL) at SUNY Empire State College.  She received her Ph.D. in social work from Fordham University, specializing in policy and research.  Prior to coming to SUNY, Thalia worked simultaneously in the professional and academic sectors.  For the past 18 years she has worked in the fields of evaluation, research, and practice.  Thalia has taught social research methods, program evaluation, social policy, addictions, mental health, disabilities, assessment and diagnosis, and statistical methods. She regularly develops and teaches in multiple modalities, including blended, online, face to face, and immersive cloud learning courses. In addition to volunteering research services to multiple local organizations, Thalia is a volunteer EMT in her community.  All of these experiences in the various sectors have heightened her interests in the addictions field.  

Dr. Sisselman-Borgia is an Assistant Professor at Lehman College in the Department of Social Work, part of the City University of New York. Dr. Sisselman-Borgia has experience teaching across the social work curriculum and recently taught classes entitled, Family Violence and Trauma and Urban Homelessness for undergraduate and graduate social work students.  She regularly teaches Advanced Practice in the Urban Environment for MSW students in their final year of study.  Dr. Sisselman-Borgia studies the impact of discrimination on homeless youth and adults, trauma and at-risk youth and families, and the intersection between spirituality, religion, and domestic violence/family trauma.  Dr. Sisselman-Borgia’s clinical practice has focused mainly on at-risk youth and working with women and children who have experienced trauma. 

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