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Assessment and Treatment of Children of Substance Misusing Parents

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Program Director:

Lala Straussner, PhD, Professor of Social Work


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar.
  • GeoBlue Insurance: $29.10. Enrollment in GeoBlue insurance (2018 rates TBA) is required for all students traveling outside of the United States for an NYU course. The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will enroll all students in GeoBlue insurance.
  • Estimated Housing: NYU offers double-occupancy dorm rooms. 2019 rate TBA.
  • Estimated Airfare to Tel Aviv: $1,200 estimated from NYC, subject to booking date.
  • Meals: A welcome meal will be provided. Students are responsible for any additional meals. Cooking facilities will be available at the dorm.
  • Excursions: Trips to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, and Masada will be arranged. Cost are currently estimated at $500-600.
  • Personal expenses: All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

about the program

  • Dates of Course: January 4-13, 2019
  • Housing: Double-occupancy dorm rooms.
  • Total Credits: 3 elective credits
  • Available for: Graduate Master's, Undergraduate Seniors, Non-Matriculated Students
  • Passport: Must be valid for 3 months beyond date of entry; must have at least 1 blank page
  • Note on Field Placement: January program credits count toward spring semester credit allotments and financial aid. Students with field placements must obtain permission from their faculty advisors and agency field instructors to miss field dates for a January course. Students must make up all missed field dates at another time during the year.
Throughout the world, millions of children grow up with parents who are dependent on or misuse alcohol and other substances.  Such children are found in every socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, and racial group, and in every setting ranging from preschools to community agencies to universities to mental health facilities.  Numerous research studies show that that these children are at greater risk for various problems, which vary depending on a number of factors, including the age of the child.  Because these children exhibit not only problematic behaviors but also strengths or resilience, careful individual assessment is warranted.  This course will examine the nature of substance use, misuse and addiction and its impact on the family, particularly young and adolescent children both in the USA and in Israel.  Assessment, treatment, policy and research issues will be explored.  This course will include a visit to an Israeli NGO working with this population and guest lecturers from Israel.

Study Abroad Course Application and Registration Process



To apply for this program, you must complete the Study Abroad Course Application. The Study Abroad Course Application requires that you upload your current resume and the Study Abroad Essay Questions* for the particular program to which you are applying into the application, along with a copy of your passport photo page (if you already have a passport and it is applicable to the program).

*To obtain a copy of the file, please visit the essay folder or email Stephanie Kaplan. You will need to be logged in to your NYU email account to access the folder. If you are denied access, check to see which email address it's denying. If you are logged in to another Gmail account, you may need to log out and only be logged in to your NYU email account for access. Make sure that you are obtaining a copy of the correct file for the program to which you are applying. When submitting this file, you should use the file name already set up, adding your name as follows: 'StudyAbroadEssayQuestions_TelAviv_Smith,John'

To begin an application for this course:

  1. Log in to NYU Home
  2. Click on the 'Academics' tab
  3. Click on the 'Albert Login' button
  4. Click on the ‘Other Resources’ tab at the top of the screen
  5. Click on the 'Application Center' link (second column)
  6. Scroll down to where you see 'Silver Global Programs' and click on the 'Apply' link to the right
  7. Follow the application instructions found at the top of the page

Important notes:

  • Application deadline: November 18, 2018
  • Applications cannot be saved and must be completed in one session. Make sure you have all the necessary materials before beginning the application.
  • Applicants will get a confirmation email if submission was successful; please try not to submit more than one application for each program.
  • Decisions are made on a rolling basis and at the discretion of the faculty member. This means that students who apply or are admitted earlier will receive decisions earlier and that the course may fill up before the application deadline.

Once an application has been reviewed, the applicant will receive a decision email.  The applicant will then be able to accept or decline her/his seat in the program.


Applicants who accept their seats in the program will receive additional next-steps and will be enrolled in the course from the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning.  Students do not self-register for global programs.

Tel Aviv Scholarship Form

A limited number of $1,000 global program scholarships are available to
NYU Silver students participating in short-term Silver courses abroad
(i.e., non-domestic programs).  These scholarships are intended to
defray the costs of travel and enable students who may not otherwise be
able to participate an opportunity to experience an NYU Silver study
abroad courses. 

To apply, submit an application form:

Application deadline: November 18, 2018

For General Inquiries Contact

Stephanie Kaplan
Assistant Director, Global and Lifelong Learning

Faculty Contacts

Dr. Lala A. Straussner, Professor and Director, Post-Master's Program in the Clinical Approaches to the Addictions, New York University Silver School of Social Work; Founding Editor, Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions,