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Release: April 19, 2002

Spring Colloquium focuses on substance abuse April 26

"Substance Abuse: Disease, Disability, or Disaster?" is the theme of the University of Iowa College of Education's Spring Colloquium from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 26.

The event, sponsored by the College of Education's Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development division, will be in Room N105 of the Lindquist Center. The event is intended for faculty, staff and students in the College of Education but is open to the wider UI and Iowa City community as well.

The featured speaker will be John J. Benshoff, Ph.D., professor and coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counselor Training Program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and director of Studies in Substance Abuse. Benshoff's presentation will focus on substance abuse from the disability perspective, examining the functional capacities and limitations associated with substance abuse, and suggesting possible intervention strategies for the practicing rehabilitation counselor.

Benshoff is the author of nearly 40 refereed articles focusing on a wide range of rehabilitation issues. He and Timothy Janikowski, Ph.D., are the co-authors of the "Rehabilitation Model of Substance Abuse Counseling," the only substance abuse counseling text to approach substance abuse from a rehabilitation perspective.

Benshoff's presentation will be available via the Iowa Communications Network at various locations throughout the state of Iowa. For further information, call (319) 335-5275.

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Founded in 1872, the University of Iowa College of Education was the nation's first permanent college-level department of education. Since then the college has gained an international reputation of excellence in fields as diverse as rehabilitation counseling, testing and measurement, and language and literacy. It is home to the Iowa Testing Programs, developer of the widely used Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; to the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development; and to such top-ranked programs as Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Elementary Teacher Education, Secondary Teacher Education, and English Education and Literacy.