On May 2 at the Carolina Inn, the UNC School of Social Work honored students graduating from our Certificate Program in Substance Abuse Studies with a luncheon and awards ceremony. Program director Worth Bolton and Dean Jack Richman presented the certificates.
In addition to completing their master’s program concentration requirements, graduates have completed 180 hours of substance abuse specific education, and a field placement focusing on addictions.
The MSW Class of 2016 certificate graduates are: Latimer Alexander, Daniel Ball, Jennifer Bandzwolek, Rachel Carroll, Kayla Chatterton, Alexander Danilowicz, Kelli DePuy, Stephanie Gans, Kemba Josiah, Bonnie Kell, Sarah Klemens, Michael Lazar, Richard Luetgenau, Whitney McCollum, Donald McDonald, Heather Monroe, Jeffery Neer, Colleen Reilly, Julia Santiago, Star Sullivan and Briana Yarber.
Bolton garners Pioneer Award
Each year, the School presents the ATOD Pioneer Award to an individual for their commitment and advocacy for substance use disorder treatment and education programs in North Carolina. This year’s honoree is L. Worth Bolton, the director of the Certificate Program in Substance Abuse Studies. Tara Bohley, coordinator of the School’s Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program presented Bolton with the award at the graduation luncheon.
Bolton has spent his entire career assisting people with substance use problems to find help and health, beginning at a time in history when they were considered by most to be a lost cause. In his 40 year career, he has been a treatment provider, clinical supervisor, mentor, trainer, teacher and consultant. Bolton has worked with community organizations, professional associations and state and national substance use disorder authorities to ensure that practice informs policy. In his roles, his influence is woven throughout our state impacting students, practitioners, veterans, policymakers and people seeking recovery.