Assessment and Treatment of Children of Substance Misusing Parents

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About the Course

FACULTY: Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner, LCSW, PhD, Professor of Social Work

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. Admitted students will be interviewed by Prof. Einstein, co-instructor of this course.
  • Dates: January 10 - 20, 2020 in Tel Aviv (Overnight flights on January 9 arrive in Israel morning of January 10; returning flights to the US depart Israel very late January 19/very early January 20) and a mandatory pre-departure session on December 10, 2019, 6-9pm
  • Total Credits: 3 elective credits
  • Note on Field Placement: 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.
  • Note on January Courses: January program credits count toward spring semester credit allotments but fall into the January term bill. NYU's Office of Financial Aid will have to be notified of your enrollment in a January course in order to allot any necessary spring financial aid toward the bill.


  • NYU Silver MSW students
  • NYU Silver BSW students who will be seniors in Fall 2021
  • NYU graduate students at other schools and non-NYU graduate students at other universities are considered on a space-available basis


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar.
  • GeoBlue Insurance: $64. Enrollment in GeoBlue insurance 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: $684 ($76/night for 9 nights) for double-occupancy room. Housing bills are paid to the Bursar.
  • 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.
  • All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Study Abroad Course Application and Registration Process

For information on how to apply to this program, visit our Application and Registration Information page.

Application deadline: November 8, 2019

Tel Aviv Scholarship Form

To apply for a scholarship, visit our Scholarship Application page.

Application deadline: November 15, 2019



Stephanie Kaplan
Assistant Director, Global and Lifelong Learning /


Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner
Professor of Social Work