Clients / consumers with co-occurring disorders continue to be poorly understood and a clinical challenge for many clinicians. In order to be effective with this population, clinicians must be willing and prepared to abandon some old ideas and be willing to try newer techniques.
1.Develop a working definition and terminology related to clients with co-occurring disorders;
2.Understand developmental disorders through a developmental lens; and
3.Explore treatment modalities for children, adolescents, adults and families.
Brenda J. Barnwell, LCSW, CADC, is an assistant professor at Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois. She is the chair of the Child Welfare Specialization and Director of the BSW program and a student in the DSW Program at AU. Prior to returning to AU as a faculty member, Brenda was a school social worker for ten years. She provided services for children and adolescents with emotional disturbances. The position was challenging and highly rewarding according to Brenda.
Brenda has maintained a private practice agency in Yorkville, Illinois for fifteen years where she employees a staff of six clinicians. The primary focus of her practice is on children and adolescents with an emphasis on expressive therapies. Areas of specialization include court appointed mediation and evaluations, play therapy and substance abuse services.
Brenda is an active volunteer. She remains involved in many community activities, some of which include: the advisory board for the Gateway Foundation of Aurora and the Multi Agency Council for Youth.
Robert J. Castillo, LCSW, CAADC, MISA II is an assistant professor at Aurora University (AU). He is in charge of the Addictions Training Program within the School of Social Work (SSW). Rob, was hired at AU in 2009 primarily to initiate the addiction training program. Within a year AU became the second SSW within the state of IL to be accredited as an advanced addiction training program.
Rob also maintains a small private practice in Batavia, IL. In his practice Rob completes court referred drug and alcohol assessments and is a qualified Department of Transportation (DOT) substance abuse evaluator. In addition to substance abuse clients and clients with co-occurring disorders, Rob specializes in anger management, couples therapy and issues related to grief and loss; including pet loss.
Rob provides training for many companies to assist them to remain in compliance with their drug and alcohol policy. Rob has also provided training to social service agencies on topics such as “Safety in the Workplace” and “New Drug Trends”. Rob has also presented at the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) conference as well as the Latino Social Workers Organization Conference.