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Just Say Know

A Counsellor’s Guide to Psychoactive Drugs

by (author) Rick Csiernik

Canadian Scholars' Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2014
Social Work, Addiction
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2014
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Just Say Know is an essential resource for counsellors, educators, therapists, social workers, policy-makers, and professionals interested in acquiring a practical understanding of psychoactive drug pharmacology and physiology. In addition to evaluating traditional street narcotics, the most commonly abused drug families — depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and psychotherapeutics — are presented in an accessible format that unpacks risk and therapeutic applications. Csiernik demystifies the abuse of prescription compounds, as well as drugs that are new to North American communities. Pedagogical features include quizzes, case studies, figures, and a comprehensive list of addiction resource centres, making this book a perfect addition to any addictions-related program or course. Light on jargon and heavy on evidence, this manual supplies the blueprints that every service provider needs to dispense sound, evidence-based care.

About the author

Rick Csiernik is a Professor at King’s University College, Western University. He has authored and edited several Canadian Scholars textbooks: Wellness and Work (2005); Responding to the Oppression of Addiction (co-edited with William S. Rowe, 2017, third edition); Substance Use and Abuse (2016, second edition); and Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Health (co-edited with Cheryl Forchuk and Elsabeth Jensen, 2011) . He has written more than 95 journal articles, and some of his research interests include addiction, Workplace Wellness, social work, and spirituality. He has consecutively been included on the King’s University College Honour Roll of Teaching, and is a recipient of the Instructor Appreciation Award at McMaster University.

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Editorial Reviews

"Finally, a Canadian text reflecting the unique world of individuals with chemical dependencies! Presented in an organized fashion, Csiernik has provided current information, best practices, quizzes, learning activities, and case studies that will allow opportunities for readers to interpret, practice, and evaluate new knowledge. Just Say Know is an ideal text for new and experienced practitioners alike."
— “Heidi Stanley, Program Coordinator, Addictions: Treatment and Prevention Program, Georgian College

"Just Say Know is a must-read for anyone working in the field of addiction counselling. This comprehensive one-stop reference manual can be applied to almost any level; test questions and case studies make this book a valuable means of self-evaluation. Whether a student or a seasoned counsellor, I highly recommend adding this book to your tool kit."— “Tom Gabriel, EFAP Consultant, Crisis and Addiction Counsellor for the Toronto Police Association and Vice President of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)

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