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Alcohol and Drug Competencies for Ministers and Other Clergy


1. The expert panelists agreed that core competencies:

A. Provide a general framework with application to diverse pastoral situations

B. Should reflect the scope and limits of the typical pastoral relationship

C. Should be in accord with the spiritual and social goals of such a relationship

D. All of the above

E. A and B above

2. To help develop those core competencies, SAMHSA joined by National Association for Children of Alcoholics and the Johnson Institute, convened a panel meeting in Washington, DC, on February 26-27, 2003, to accomplish two things:

A. Develop core competencies that would enable clergy and other pastoral ministers to "break through the wall of silence"

B. Instruct clergy and other pastoral ministries in helping reduce drug and alcohol dependence

C. Encourage faith communities to become actively involved in the effort to reduce alcoholism and drug dependence and mitigate their impact on families and children

D. A and B above

E. A and C above

3. This paper asserts _____ core competencies for Clergy for addressing alcohol and drug dependence and the impact on family members

A. 10

B. 15

C. 12

D. 9

4. Core competency #2 lists four things a practitioner should be knowledgeable about. Which of the following is NOT one of these items?

A. Signs of alcohol and drug dependence

B. Characteristics of addiction

C. Characteristics of withdrawal

D. Effects on the individual and the family

E. Characteristics of the stages of recovery

5. Core competency #7 says the practitioner should be able to communicate and sustain:

A. An appropriate level of concern

B. Clear boundaries

C. Messages of hope and caring

D. A and B above

E. A and C above

6. Core competency #10 states that practitioners should be able to acknowledge and address values, issues, and attitudes regarding alcohol and drug use and dependence in:

A. Themselves

B. Their own families

C. Their religious communities

D. All of the above

E. A and B above

Report of an Expert Consensus Panel Meeting

7. In this document, the term “clergy” includes, but is not limited to, priests, ministers, deacons, rabbis, elders, and imams.

A. True

B. False

8. Core competency #9 states the practitioner should "be able to shape, form, and educate their congregations to welcomes and supports persons and families affected by alcohol and drug dependence with tough love."

A. True

B. False

9. The panel's first step was to identify misconceptions and negative attitudes that might need to be overcome before either core competencies or relevant curricula could be adopted.

A. True

B. False

10. "Show up, be dressed, get through the door, stay in the boat, and know when to leave" was offered by one participant as a set of intervention action steps that would demonstrate mastery of the core competencies.

A. True

B. False

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