The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has published a new curricular guide for substance use social work titled, Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use Social Work Practice.
David L. Hussey, associate professor and research director at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, was part of the national task force that co-authored the guide, which aims to prepare students with research and best practice standards when working with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in regard to substance use.
One of the Mandel School's eight Paths of Study, training in the Substance Use Disorders and Recovery specialization provides students with the knowledge and skills to be a leader in substance use prevention as well as the treatment of substance use disorders. Students receive training to diagnose and treat problematic substance use and substance dependence using a range of theoretical causal models, empirically-supported treatment interventions, social policies and service delivery systems.
Students have the option to pursue education leading to the independent social work license (LISW) and to follow an accredited curriculum that meets the educational requirements for Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Licensure, allowing them to pursue an additional, specialized licensure after graduation.