Tammara Thomas to Speak About Substance Abuse During Lunch and Learn Training Session

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Disability Enhancement Program at SC State University will conduct a “Lunch and Learn” training session at noon on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010. The session will be held in the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall, located on the campus of SC State University.

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.  Thomas’ 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 and to register for the “Lunch and Learn” training session, log onto http://www.scsu.edu/wconnect/ace/home.htm or contact the Office of Professional Development at (803) 536-7104.