Mental Health and Addictions

Designed for students interested in careers working with clients who live with major mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring mental health disorders and addiction, this specialization provides an in-depth understanding of mental illness, neurobiology, addictions and substance use disorders, assessment, intervention, and the transtheoretical model of change. Students hone assessment skills and have opportunities to broaden their knowledge and practice skills through exposure to evidence-based practice approaches, such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and social group work. Through field placements, students gain first-hand experience working with clients suffering from mental illness, addictions, and a range of mental health and psychosocial challenges. Upon completion of this specialization, students will have the skills required for positions in a range of settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, detoxification facilities, community mental health settings, partial hospital programs, therapeutic residential settings, or hospitals.

Through elective courses, students focus their study to further their specific career goals and interests.

To learn more about SocialWork@Simmons clinical specializations, contact an Admissions Counselor at 1-855-523-SSSW (7779).

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