Donald McVinney has taught Direct Practice and Social Work Practice in Alcoholism and Other Chemical Dependency at the Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW). He has a Master of Science degree in Social Work from CUSSW and a Master of Philosophy degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. McVinney received the Columbia University President’s Award for outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student, May 1999 and was named Outstanding Professor of the Year, 1999, Columbia University School of Social Work, Student Union Executive Board. Mr. McVinney is a New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor and has extensive experience in the chemical dependency field. He is currently the National Director of Education and Training at the Harm Reduction Coalition in New York City. His research interests are in the areas of chemical dependency, HIV/AIDS and gay and lesbian health.
Mr. McVinney’s publications include Chemical Dependency Treatment: Innovative Group Approaches (1997) and “Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming,” in The Columbia University School of Social Work. A Centennial Celebration, (Feldman & Kamerman, Editors, 2001). He was named the Alcoholism Counselor of the Year in 1992 by the Academy of Alcohol Studies of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Mr. McVinney is currently a doctoral candidate at CUSSW in Advanced Social Work Practice