Mandel School offers travel-abroad courses for college students, health and human service professionals during spring break


—by Paul M. Kubek

Cleveland, OH—Take an educational holiday overseas in March or May 2011 and engage in cross-cultural studies of social policies and practices for health and human services. Several three-credit travel-abroad courses for Case Western Reserve University students are open to students at other colleges and universities and to working professionals in health and human services. Groups are traveling to The Netherlands, Guatemala, Turkey, and Ecuador.
Each trip is led and taught by instructors from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (school of social work) at Case Western Reserve. Each trip is also designed around a course syllabus and assignments that promote interaction with policymakers and direct-service providers in the country being visited.

Join Patrick Boyle, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC, director of implementation services of the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) on his trip to Amsterdam, The Netherlands and his course, "Integrated Mental Health and Substance Use Services," which is a cross-cultural examination of policies and practices for the treatment and recovery of people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Boyle has been traveling to The Netherlands for several years, providing technical assistance (consulting and training) for the implementation of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), the evidence-based practice, to organizations in several regions of the country.


Direct all questions about all trips listed below to the following:

Dr. Debby Jacobson, assistant professor & director of International Programs, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
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Deadlines posted on the Mandel School web site are for students of Case Western Reserve University only and have been extended. Inquire with Dr. Jacobson about updated deadlines. Trip rosters must be finalized by the end of January 2011.


Dr. Jacobson reminds everyone who is interested in these travel-abroad courses that the U.S. Passport application and renewal process may take longer than expected. Begin the process today online (click here). ((DEAD LINK))


Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Dates: March 4 to 13, 2011
  • Course title: SASS 350-575, Integrated Mental Health & Substance Use Services
  • Course credit: Three (3)
  • Instructor: Mr. Patrick Boyle of the Mandel School's Center for EBPs
  • Instructor: Prof and Dean of the Mandel School Grover (Cleve) Gilmore
  • Instructor: Prof. Mark Singer
  • Cost: $2,850* ($250 non-refundable deposit)


  • Dates: March 4 to 13, 2011
  • Course title: SASS 375-575, Community Development Approach to Child Welfare
  • Course credit: Three(3)
  • Instructors: Prof. Victor Groza & Ms. Zoe Breen Wood
  • Cost: $2,450* ($250 non-refundable deposit)


  • Dates: March 3 to 13, 2011
  • Course title: SASS 375-575: Child Welfare Issues and Intervention
  • Course credit: Three (3)
  • Instructors: Prof. Gerald Mahoney & Ms. Marjorie Edguer
  • Cost: $2,950* ($250 non-refundable deposit)


  • Dates: May 19 to 31, 2011
  • Course title: SASS 350-575, Health, Human and Social Development
  • Course credit: Three (3)
  • Instructors: Dr. Debby Jacobson & Dr. Mark Chupp
  • Cost: $3000* ($250 non-refundable deposit)


Students of Case Western Reserve pay for their travel-abroad course credits via the regular course-registration process.

Students from other colleges and universities and non-students (e.g., health and human service professionals) pay a professional-development fee of $400 in place of course-credit fees.


Fees for each travel-abroad course cover the following:

  • International airfare
  • In-country travel (e.g., trains, trams, trolleys, buses)
  • Some meals (varies by trip/course)
  • Double-occupancy hotel rooms
  • Instructional materials
  • Visits to service organizations, agencies
  • Guest lecturers

Paul M. Kubek, MA, is director of communications at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University.