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Queen’s University Hidden Harm Seminar: Joy Barlow MBE

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Joy Barlow is the Strategic Advisor of STRADA (Scottish Training on Drugs and Alcohol) and formerly Head of the Organisation. Prior to developing STRADA, she was responsible for the design, development and management of residential and outreach treatment services for substance-dependent women and their children.

She was awarded an MBE in 1998 for services to innovative drug prevention and treatment initiatives. Joy was a member of ACMD from 1990-2002, and of its Prevention Working Group which produced the Hidden Harm Report in 2003. She continues to write and to lecture on the impact of problem drug and alcohol use on children and families, and provides advice to the Scottish Government.

Joy is involved in the development of the workforce in the recovery focus, and writes and frequently presents on issues relating to workforce development. She is a founder member and previous chair of I-ThETA (International Think-tank on Education and Training on Addictions).  She has a Masters Research Degree in Advanced Professional Development from the University of Edinburgh.
She was a prime mover in the Independent Enquiry Report – Melting the Iceberg of Scotland’s Drug and Alcohol Problem, and is currently supervising work on the ‘proof of concept’ of the Circle of Care approach, a recommendation from the Enquiry report, to support the recovery focus.  She has edited a book for Jessica Kingsley Publishing on ‘Substance Misuse – The Implications of Research, Policy and Practice’.

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