William A. Cloud
What I do
Social work is an immensely rewarding profession, constantly evolving to respond to a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse society. As with other helping professions, we are constantly challenged with how to best help our clients in a way that honors who they are, allows them to maintain their dignity when seeking our assistance, and promotes their self-determination and independence. However, what sets social work apart from many other helping professions is our commitment to social justice and equality. That's our bedrock.
addictions and substance use, community organizing and community development, housing and homelessness, public policy, recovery capital
Cloud's work has led to the introduction of the concept of "recovery capital" into the substance abuse literature, a theoretical construct that has gained currency in explaining the differential abilities of some to overcome substance use disorders with or without the aid of formal treatment.
Recovery capital has become a topic of numerous scholarly papers, dissertations, and professional conferences. In an effort to measure the concept, several scholars have also developed recovery capital scales. There is also a certification process for practitioners who would like to become certified in recovery capital-oriented treatment.
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)