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.