L. Georgi DiStefano, LCSW

L. Georgi DiStefano, LCSW, received her BA with highest honors from Richmond College, City University of New York, and her Masters in Social Work from State University of New York at Stony Brook. From 2001 until May 2013, she was the Executive Director/Clinical Director for the San Diego State University’s Center for Alcohol & Drug Studies, Driving Under the Influence Program, supervising 85 staff, and over 3,000 active clients. Ms. DiStefano has a long history of innovative work in the addictions field. She has served as a clinician, program director, trainer, and consultant in this practice area throughout her career. Her work has been recognized in numerous ways. In 1991 Ms. DiStefano was awarded the Clinical Social Worker of the Year by the Society of Clinical Social Work, San Diego Chapter. At the 2005 70th Annual Alcoholics Anonymous International Convention in Toronto, Canada, Ms. DiStefano was honored for her professional contribution in the field of Addiction Medicine and was one of only 20 other honorees from around the world. In 2011 Ms. DiStefano received the Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Award from NASW Region E co-hosted by The California Society for Clinical Social Work. She has been a vice-president on the board of the California Women’s Commission on Alcohol and she is a past member of the California State DUI Advisory Board. She has worked as a trainer for NASW on alcohol/substance dependency training hundreds of social workers across California and has been invited to speak on her work at international conferences in Greece, Japan,  Paraguay and New York City. In 2004, Ms. DiStefano conceived The Paradigm Developmental Model of Treatment. In 2007 this model was adapted for multiple DUI offenders. Ms. DiStefano and co-author Mindy Hohman, PhD have written several articles about the model and oversaw a pilot research project utilizing the model. The PDMT model (DiStefano & Hohman, 2010) is a guide for counselors to strategically select interventions to be used in individual work which is based on clinical themes inherent in the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Interventions utilize a motivational interviewing style and cognitive behavioral exercises. A fifteen question assessment instrument has been developed and validated as result of the research conducted. In April 2012, Ms. DiStefano published her second book: Paradigm Developmental  Model of Treatment GROUP TOPICS. The PDMT companion workbook for DUI and substance abuse treatment Programs” She has extended this work into a software program to assist DUI programs in their clinical work with clients.

SDSU Driving Under The Influence Program