Dr. John A. Conahan, LCSW, CAC, Ph.D.

Social Work Department
 Old Main 27
 Kutztown, PA 19530
 Tel. (610) 683 1560
 Fax (610) 683-4383



 Biographical Statement:

Dr.  Conahan is an Assistant Professor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He holds a doctorate in Human Development with a specialization in social work. His Masterís of Social Work degree is from Marywood University and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Belknap College. Dr. Conahan is also Certified Addictions Counselor in Pennsylvania. Dr. Conahanís 30 years of experience as a generalist practitioner has included the provision of services to individuals, groups and families, community and organizational development, clinical management and administrative management positions in the field of substance abuse treatment.

. Purpose

The purpose of the Addictions Studies Institute is:

         To establish a continuous dialogue with the social work expert community in family and substance abuse treatment practice fields.

         To increase the opportunities for student learning experience via generalist and advanced field placement or community-based research.

         To meet the needs of the substance abuse treatment field for technical assistance and professional development.

         To provide a practice and teaching environment that enhances the development of cultural competence in the development of future social workers at Kutztown University.

         To provide technical assistance in the areas of program accreditation, research, strategic planning and management


Principal Investigator

John Conahan, LCSW, ACSW, CAC, PhD




Community Activities and Presentations

Conahan, J. ( October, 2008).Organizational Leadership: The power of diversity and performance based management. St. Johnís University, Presidentís Multicultural Advisory Committee, Queens, New York.


Conahan, J. (September, 2008). Leadership and the role of culturally sensitive practice. ††Presentation at thePennsylvania. NASWFallConference, Philadelphia, PA.


Conahan, J. (August,2008). Human Trafficking:Promoting Consciousness and a Global Perspective on Campus through Educational Leadership. Presentation at Oxford University Policy Roundtable, Oxford, England.


Conahan, J. (March, 2008 ). Understanding substance abuse and addiction: The role of clinical social workers.Presentation at thePennsylvania. NASWAnnual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.


Conahan, J. (March, 2008 ). Navigating Your Agencyís Accreditation: Staff Responses to Change. Presentation at thePennsylvania NASWAnnual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Conahan, J. (March, 2008 ). A New Strengths-Based Definition of Diversity: Ethical Implications and Social Work Practice Implications. Presentation at thePennsylvaniaNASW Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.


Conahan, J. (May, 2007), De-escalation of behavior: Strategies for staff and foster parents. Presentation at Allentown Diocesan Administration

Conahan, J.  (May 10, 2005).  Training series on passive restraint with children: Strategies for staff and foster parents.  Presentation at Lehigh County Catholic Social Services.


Conahan, J.  (March 31, 2005).  Social Work Leadership: Organizational Challenges to Gender Specific Chemical Dependency Treatment.  Presentation at the Pennsylvania NASW Conference.


Conahan, J.  (January 2005).  Gender Specific Chemical Dependency Treatment.  Presentation at the Lehigh Valley NASW Chapter.


Conahan, J.  (May 2002).  Womenís Trauma and Addiction: New Approaches, Better Outcomes.  Presentation at Princeton House Conference on Women and Addiction, Princeton New Jersey.


Conahan, J.  (June 2001).  Clinical Supervision for Addiction Treatment Professionals.  Presentation at University of Utah School of Alcoholism.


Conahan, J.  (June 2000).  Addiction treatment with adolescents and clinical supervision.  Presentation at University of Utah School of Alcoholism.



Research and Publications

         Conahan, J.  (2005).  Organizational structure and its relationship to the delivery of gender specific drug and alcohol services.

         Beyer, E., & Conahan, J.  (2002).  Females with Dual Diagnoses: Implications for Specialized Clinical Approaches.  In D., F. OíConnell (Ed.), Managing the Dually Diagnosed Patient: Current Issues and Clinical Approaches.  The Haworth Press.

         Conahan, J.A. (1999).  How An Established Chemical Dependency Treatment Center Manages Change, Behavioral Health Management, March/April 1999.

         Lisnow, F.D. & Conahan, J.A. (1989).  Treating Cocaine Addiction, The Counselor, November/December 1989.



Dr. Sharon C. Lyter




Dr. John Vafeas




Related Courses

         SWK559 Social Work Intervention with Substance Abusing Population

         SWK561 Motivational Interviewing Skills: Social Work Strategies in Gender Sensitive Addiction Treatment

         SWK286 Social Work and Substance Abuse

         EDW502 Substance Abuse in Adolescents: Classroom Strategies for Teachers

         EDW564 Substance Abuse and Addiction: Impact of substance abuse and addiction upon the family

Agencies Hosting Interns

Council on Chemical Abuse

Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (CADA)

The Gate House

R.J. Caron Foundation

†††††††† Treatment Trends Inc.

Professional Associations

         Dr. Conahan is a board member of Gatehouse a long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment program for men and women. Dr. Conahan is a member of the National Association of Social Workers; National Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors

         Dr. Conahan is President of the Board of Directors for The Gate House. A long term gender-specific residential drug and alcohol treatment program.

         BoardMember of Fairview Counseling and Play Therapy Center

         Board member of Berks Advocates Against Violence



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