Direct Practice: Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Specialization
Pattern of Enrollment
The following patterns of enrollment are for incoming students in the current academic year. For all patterns of enrollment including those for prior academic years please see the MSASS Registrar’s page on patterns of enrollment.
- 2 Year Students
- 3 Year Intensive Weekend Students
- 12 Month Students
- 18 Month Advanced Standing Students
- Intensive Weekend Advanced Standing Students
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Specialization
The primary goal of the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) specialization is to prepare students for careers that involve the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of problematic substance use, substance abuse or substance dependence experienced by individuals and families. The AODA curriculum reflects the complexity of biopsychosocial factors that are related to the development, maintenance, and recovery of substance abuse problems. Students explore a range of theoretical causal models, treatment interventions, social policies, and service delivery systems as they relate to AODA. A secondary goal is to provide interested students with substantive content on AODA and its impact upon individuals, families, and the community-at-large. Advanced elective coursework permits students to tailor their educational programs to their personal learning objectives and career goals.
AODA faculty work closely with students in the AODA specialization as well as with students in the Dual Disorders Fellows Program to develop plans of enrollment that foster career development.
Download the latest Dual Disorders Fellows Program brochure here.
Field Placement Opportunities
Students complete their advanced field placements in approved field settings that specialize in working with the issues of alcohol and other drug abuse.
The Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse specialization is offered in both the Full-Time and the Intensive Weekend Program.
Model Schedule / Enrollment
The following is a model Pattern of Enrollment for students enrolled in the full time, two year program. It is not necessarily your schedule. It is featured here to give you an idea of what your schedule at MSASS may look like. We encourage you to consult with your faculty advisor to develop your actual schedule.
|First Year||Semester Hours|
|SASS 477||Direct Practice Methods Skills*||3|
|SASS 484||Theories of Oppressions and Social Justice*||3|
|SASS 440||Human Development in Context I: Child & Adolescent*||3|
|SASS 470||Social Policy*||3|
|SASS 441||Human Development II: Adult*||3|
|SASS 478||Macro & Policy Practice Skills*||3|
|SASS 426||Research Methods in Social Work*||3|
|SASS 495||Field Education Seminar*||1|
|SASS 601||Field Education I*||2|
|SASS 602||Field Education II||3|
|Second Year||Semester Hours|
|SASS 564||Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse||3|
|SASS 562||Social Work Intervention in Co-Occurring Mental & Substance Abuse or Free Elective||3|
|SASS 530||Practice Evaluation||3|
|SASS 516||Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Policy & Service Delivery**||3|
|SASS 547||Problems Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis||3|
|SASS 549||Theory/ Practice Approaches in Direct Practice||3|
|SASS 576||Integrative Seminar in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment**||3|
|SASS 603||Field Education III||3|
|SASS 604||Field Education IV||3|
|Total Credit Hours Required for Degree||60|
* Foundation Curriculum. BSW students may waive foundation courses if undergraduate coursework grades are B or better.
**These courses are taught in the Intensive Weekend format only. Students in the Full-time, Advanced Standing, and Weekend formats may enroll.