SC State University Presents A "Lunch and Learn" Disability Enhancement Training Session

Monday, June 29, 2009

moultrieThe Department of Human Services at SC State University will conduct a “Lunch and Learn” Disability Enhancement training session on Monday, June 29, 2009 at noon in Staley Hall Auditorium on the campus of SC State.

The “Lunch and Learn” training session is an initiative of the Disability Enhancement program at SC State, which is designed to increase the awareness and support of faculty, staff, and administrators, to the academic needs of students with disabilities. The program assists with the development, training, and technical assistance of students, along with providing valuable and resourceful teaching methods to enhance student achievement.

Tammara Thomas, Rehabilitation Education Counseling doctoral student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, will serve as guest facilitator of the training session. Her topic will be “The Effects of Substance Abuse of Student Populations.”

As a certified alcohol and drug substance abuse counselor, Thomas has served as trainer, speaker, instructor, program developer, evaluator, and consultant for treatment providers, helping them to better understand and implement substance abuse treatment services.

Thomas previously served as clinical director for Cook County Jail Sheriff’s Female Furlough program, Department of Women’s Justice, and the Gateway program in Chicago, Ill. During this time, she was instrumental in the development and implementation of the first pilot program in the United States, created to provide gender responsive, substance abuse treatment services to female inmates on an outpatient basis.

Thomas was also responsible for the management and implementation of clinical treatment services, quality review, program development and management, and personnel recruitment. She served as liaison between the Department of Women’s Justice and the Gateway Foundation.

Thomas later acted as director of medical detoxification, stabilization, and maintenance at the Women’s Treatment Center in Chicago, Ill. The program was the first of its kind which allowed female inmates who were pregnant and/or had children to receive substance abuse treatment in an inpatient setting. She was responsible for ensuring that over 4,000 women (per year) and their children received detoxification, stabilization, and maintenance services within a 24-hour, residential setting.

Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice and a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Administration and Programming Services, both from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

For more information on the “Lunch and Learn” Disability Enhancement Training Session contact Simeon Moultrie, program coordinator at (803) 516-4553 or