Direct Practice: Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Specialization

Pattern of Enrollment

For all patterns of enrollment please see the Mandel School Office of the Registrar’s page on patterns of enrollment.

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.