Social Intervention Group | SIG

Columbia School of Social Work

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Training & Mentoring

SIG has made a significant commitment to its teaching, training and mentoring role by providing a variety of training and mentoring activities for students, faculty, and service providers in all aspects of developing novel programs of research and evaluation of prevention and intervention models.. This effort recognizes the mutual benefit of this work for SIG as well as the field of social work. Students bring new ideas and critical opinions regarding our practices. The work they do helps to round out staffing, while SIG provides them with training to conduct rigorous, high integrity research. The training/mentoring program strengthens ties between faculty research and MSW and PhD students (using faculty affiliates as instructors). Another benefit of this work is that it strengthens collaboration between SIG and CUSSW and gives us common ground.

SIG currently houses Center for Intervention and Prevention Research on HIV and Drug Abuse (CIPRHDA), a social work research development center committed to advancing intervention and prevention research by training the next cadre of social work researchers in the development, testing, and dissemination of empirically-validated intervention and prevention approaches. In 2004-2005, SIG served as a field placement for 6 MSW student interns from CUSSW. CIPRHDA is funded by NIDA from 2001 to 2006. Plans are underway to obtain another NIH grant that will enable SIG to continue and expand its intervention research training and mentoring activities to service providers, community collaborators, and research partners as well as to faculty and students at CUSSW.

Training and Mentoring

  • (2006-2008) Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Long-Term Investigators for Dr. N. Caldeira. The major goal of this project is to examine ethnocultural moderators impacting the efficacy of two behavioral treatments for PTSD and Alcohol Dependence in Combination with Sertraline using a Placebo Controlled Double Blind Study Design. NIAAA (Sponsor and PI: Hien)
  • (2007-2009) Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Long-Term Investigators for Dr. L. Ruglass. This project will examine ethnocultural factors in the relationship between facilitator and couple that influence treatment outcomes in relation to Project CONNECT II. NIDA (Co-Sponsors: Hien and Nabila El-Bassel; PI: El-Bassel).
  • 2002 – 2005 NIDA National Research Service Award, X. Jin, Risk factors associated with violent Asian men in intimate relationships. (Sponsor: Hien)
  • 2001 – 2004 NIDA National Research Service Award, A. Kaplan, The role of emotional regulation as a mediating mechanism on the pathway from child psychological trauma to adolescent and adult substance abuse. (Sponsor: Hien)
  • 1999-2001, Research Supplement for Underrepresented Minorities for M. Arango, “Safer Sex Negotiations in Intimate Relationships of Drug-Using Women with PTSD,” National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) (Sponsor: Hien)
  • 1998 – 2000 NIDA National Research Service Award, A. Bloom, Service utilization in homeless mentally ill who participated in Critical Time Intervention randomized clinical trial. (Sponsor: Hien)
  • 1996 – 1998 NIDA National Research Service Award, M. Feerick, Interrelationships between drug abuse, interpersonal violence, and childhood and adulthood attachment relationships in a sample of urban minority women. (Sponsor: Hien)
  • 1995-1996 “Cultural Differences in Family Violence for Latina Women,” T. Leite, Office of Research on Women’s Health, NIH, (Sponsor and PI: Hien)
  • The Women's Health Project Treatment and Research Center (WHP) is a part of the Addictions Institute of New York, in the Department of Psychiatry at St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York.  Led by Dr. Hien, WHP is a specialty treatment program for women with trauma histories and co-occuring addictive disorders. WHP also serves as part of our mission for dissemination, and offers training opportunities for psychology, social work and psychiatric graduate students and professionals interested in specializing in their clinical work or research with women with histories of trauma and co-occurring substance use disorders. To a select number of candidates we offer an Adult Clinical Psychology Externship for doctoral level clinical psychology students, a second year Social Work Internship, a Post-Doctoral Clinical Psychology Fellowship, and PGY 3 Training for Psychiatry Residents. Trainees are offered extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of women who present with histories of trauma or abuse and/or addiction to substances. Clinicians learn to implement manualized treatments for substance use disorders, PTSD, other anxiety disorders and depression, in individual and group formats. Trainees also have the opportunity to conduct longer-term psychotherapies, based on interest and client needs. See for more information.


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