• 40012 Clinical Interventions in Substance Use Disorders

Job Experience

  • Director of Substance Use Treatment Programs at Thresholds
  • Co-Owner/Founder of Roots Counseling & Training Solutions, Co.
  • Midwest Harm Reduction Institute
  • Chicago House & Social Service Agency

Fields of Special Interest

  • Trauma & Trauma-Informed Care
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Harm Reduction
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Gender Responsive & Trans/GNC Affirming Treatment
  • LGBTQ Responsive Treatment
  • Family-Based Treatment
  • Intersectionality
  • Cultural Humility
  • Prison Industrial Complex
  • Homelessness
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Leadership

Publications or Presentations

  • “Harm and Risk Reduction Counseling at the Crossroads of Intimate Partner Violence, Substance Use, & Sex” Midwest Harm Reduction Institute’s 2015 Conference

  • “Working Together: Housing & Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders” Midwest Harm Reduction Institute’s 2015 Symposium

  • “PATHway (Providing Alternative Transitions to Housing): Peer-Led Housing Placement Services for Highly Vulnerable Homeless Populations” Housing First Partners’ 2014 Conference

  • “Supporting Staff in a Harm Reduction Setting” Midwest Harm Reduction Institute Annual 2014 Conference

  • “Harm Reduction & Cultural Humility: An Integrated Framework” Midwest Harm Reduction Institute’s 2013 Conference





Silvia Acosta

Silvia L. Acosta, AM '14

“I chose SSA because of its reputation as one of the top programs in the nation. I was attracted to the idea of being intellectually challenged by renowned faculty and classmates in discussionbased lectures. Additionally, I saw that the comprehensive curriculum offered a balanced approach, encompassing both macro and micro training in social work.”