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Clinical Approaches to the Addictions

Program Overview

This curriculum integrates sophisticated, psychodynamically oriented clinical understanding with the latest evidence-based knowledge regarding screening assessment and treatment of individuals (and their family members) with alcohol and other drug disorders, as well as smoking, gambling, and sex addiction. This program incorporates up-to-date information addressing the intersection of addiction with the unique issues and treatment approaches of those working with various populations, including families and children of substance abusers.

From the Director

Lala Straussner

"The Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Clinical Approaches to the Addictions offers a consistently high quality of education for social workers and other professionals interested in advancing their knowledge by combining addictions, counseling, and psychodynamic understanding in this field. Our graduates have gone on to become leaders in the field of substance abuse treatment."

-S. Lala Ashenberg Straussner, DSW, CSW, CEAP, BCD, CAS

Requirements

This certificate is awarded upon the completion of 26 sessions for a total of 52 class hours.

Sessions are held weekly on Mondays from 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm, from September through April.

Assignments include weekly readings and a final learning assessment in the form of a project or test.

 

 

Continuing Education Units

NASW-approved CEUs: 50

Program Highlights

  • A psychodynamically oriented clinical understanding of the current drugs of abuse and patterns of abuse
  • Understanding and treating non-chemical addictions such as eating disorders, gambling, and sexual disorders
  • The latest evidence-based knowledge regarding screening, assessment, and treatment of individuals with substance use disorders, including tobacco addiction. Trends in treatment, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, self-help, and uses of medications
  • Interventions with families and children of substance abusers, adolescents, women, involuntary clients, and trauma victims
  • Case studies are integrated throughout the program

2014-15 Program Schedule

Fall Semester

Monday Evening (6:45 pm to 8:45 pm)
  • September 8, 15, 22, 29
  • October 6, 20, 27
  • November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • December 1, 8

Spring Semester

Monday Evening (6:45 pm to 8:45 pm)
  • December 15
  • January 5, 12, 26
  • February 2, 9, 23
  • March 2, 9, 23, 30
  • April 6

The program offered an interdisciplinary approach that allowed me to deepen my understanding of addictions and my clients by crossing professional boundaries and learning the unique challenges, obstacles, and rewards that other professionals face in their respective fields. It’s the integrative approach that makes the program so appealing, reminding us that we are all interconnected, whether we are involved in policy, administration, research, or direct service.
- Kimberly Seelbrede, MSW, Private practice