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Fresno District Meeting

  • Saturday, September 06, 2014
  • 9:15 AM - 11:00 AM
  • CSU, Fresno Psychology and Human Services Building Rm #129


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California Society for Clinical Social Work

Fresno District


Kris Clarke, PhD

“Concepts and Attitudes Towards Substance Misuse and Treatment in Finland”


Finland has one of the highest rates of alcoholism and suicide globally, but is consistently rated as one of the happiest places in the world. How does social work view and treat substance misuse, which drives high rates of intimate partner violence and child maltreatment? This session focuses on how substance misuse is conceptualized, viewed and treated in Finland. It will give an historical and cultural overview in the context of the Nordic welfare state. The session also focuses on evolving modalities of treatment.

Goals and Objectives:

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to

1) Participants will have a grasp on the policy and practices of the Nordic welfare state

2) Participants will understand the historical-cultural context of substance misuse in Finland

3) Participants will understand some of the main treatment modalities for substance misuse in Finland

About the Presenter:

Kris Clarke was born in Fresno, California and completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She also studied at Howard University and University College Cardiff, UK, during her undergraduate years. Clarke immigrated to Finland in 1987 where she completed three postgraduate degrees in international relations/development studies and social work. Kris Clarke worked with the European Project AIDS & Mobility for seven years and also worked at the University of Tampere, Department of Social Policy and Social Work. She was a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Tampere. She relocated to California State University Fresno Department of Social Work Education where she teaches graduate courses in qualitative research, and undergraduate courses in diversity and oppression and macro practice. Her research focuses on migration issues in social work, harm reduction, and LGBTQ issues in social work education. For more info on Kris Clarke PhD CLICK HERE.

This course meets the qualifications for 1.5hrs of CE credit for LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPCCs as required by the CA BBS. PCE #1

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Everyone is welcome. We especially encourage MSW students to attend. For more information, contact Gabriele Case gh.caselcsw@gmail.com. RSVP is not required.

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