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Starting Where the Client is at: Addiction Treatment with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clients

This event is a part of the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning's Spring 2018 Seminar Series.

January 19, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
NYU Silver School of Social Work
1 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10003


As society recognizes the diversity of people in care, so must social workers to ensure their practice meets the needs of all service recipients. This workshop helps practitioners design effective treatment strategies for LGBT individuals with addictions. Join us for an interactive workshop that will develop and enhance provider skills in delivering culturally responsive prevention and addiction treatment services to LGBT populations. This session will begin with an overview of key terms and concepts in the recovery field. A strong emphasis will be placed on mental health, physical health and substance abuse treatment approaches. Attendees will gain direct knowledge of the unique treatment needs of LGBT individuals in substance abuse programs. The seminar will conclude with concrete resources and ideas for effective intervention strategies for this population.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:
  • Gain a working knowledge of all contemporary terms and concepts relevant to working effectively with LGBT populations in behavioral care
  • Understand how cultural humility plays a critical role in the therapeutic relationship, and learn how to apply it to their work
  • Identify two new approaches when working with the LGBT population in addiction and mental/ physical health concerns and treatment


Joseph Madonia, LCSW-R

Joseph Madonia, LCSW-R, CASAC
Executive Director, The Joseph Leroy and Ann C. Warner Fund
Adjunct Professor, NYU Silver School of Social Work
Former Project Director of the Brooklyn Treatment Court 

In February of 2017 Joseph Madonia, LCSW-R, CASAC, accepted the position as Executive Director for the Joseph Leroy and Ann C. Warner Fund. Mr Madonia is a graduate of New York University (NYU), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. From 2003-2016, Mr. Madonia served as the Director of the Brooklyn Treatment Court where he was responsible for the implementation of policy and planning, oversight of clinical operations, management of federal grants, and supervision of staff. He hosted numerous site visits to the court by local, national and international dignitaries and visitors. In this role, he also developed and implemented the Brooklyn Diversion, Veterans, and DWI courts. Mr. Madonia served as the chairperson for Brooklyn Treatment Court’s Clinical Advisory Board and the Brooklyn Veterans Stakeholder Board.

He also held several committee memberships including the New York City Drug Treatment Court Regional Work Group, committees for Best Practices on Young Adults and Veterans. In September of 2009 Mr. Madonia was appointed by Governor David Patterson to sit on the New York State Board for Medical Misconduct. Mr. Madonia currently serves as a Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work and as a field instructor for NYU and Columbia University graduate social work programs. He also maintains a part-time private psychotherapy practice in New York City, where he treats adolescents and young adults with substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Joseph Madonia, LCSW-R

Diana Padilla, RCR, CASAC-T
Program Manager, NDRI USA/NeC ATTC

Diana Padilla is a program manager at NDRI Inc., a behavioral health research and training organization. Ms. Padilla has worked in public health for over 20 years including substance abuse settings and HIV & AIDS community programs with a primary focus on persons of color, and has supported drug courts for over 12 years. She facilitates research to practice dissemination and development, and evaluation activities with quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Ms. Padilla is a senior staff trainer and curricula developer for the Northeast & Caribbean Addiction Transfer Technology Center Network (NeC ATTC). She instructs both nationally and internationally on integration of evidence-based and promising addiction treatment and recovery-oriented practices to interdisciplinary teams.

Ms. Padilla has trained addiction professionals, prevention specialists, drug court practitioners and health care providers on Substance Abuse, Cultural Competence, Hepatitis C, Women’s Issues, Trauma Informed Care, LGBTQ Competencies, Recovery Support Technology, Intimate Partner Violence and Development Issues with Adolescents.

Further, Ms. Padilla dedicates time and effort in working with organizational leaders, representatives, and consumers to address the inequities of underserved populations in community behavioral and health care settings.


  • General Admission: $70.00
  • NYU Faculty & Staff: $52.50
  • NYU Silver Alumni (Graduate and Undergraduate degrees): $52.50
  • NYU Silver Post-Masters Certificate Program Alumni: $59.50
  • NYU Silver Current Field Instructors: $52.50
  • NYU Silver Current Students (space-available basis): $35.00
  • Non-NYU Current MSW and PhD Students (space-available basis): $46.69 
  • 3+ from one agency: $52.50 each
  • Veterans: $35.00

All discounts must be applied before the event date.


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NYSED and ACE approved for 3 CE hours. 


New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.
NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3 continuing education clock hours.
New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.
For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.


This program is approved for 3 CASAC CE hours.


If after registering, you determine that you can no longer attend this event, The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will issue refunds on the following basis:
Refund requests made on or before January 11 (by midnight): full refund
Refund requests made on or before January 17 (by midnight): 50% refund
Refund requests made on or after January 18: no refund
If the event is cancelled, all registrants will be fully reimbursed. To withdraw from and be reimbursed for this event, please complete the form located here.

Special Accommodations & Grievance Policy

Special Accommodations:
Students requiring accommodations have the opportunity to make these known upon registering or by writing to

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NYU Silver School of Social Work
Office of Global and Lifelong Learning
1 Washington Square North, G08
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-5973
Fax: 212-995-4497