Mental Health and Addictions
This specialization is designed for students interested in social work careers helping those struggling with mental health disorders and/or addictions. Students develop skills in rapid assessment and thorough evaluation. They learn to use several treatment modalities and develop treatment relationships that apply to a wide range of clients over time or in brief encounters. Upon completion of this specialization, students will have the skills required for positions in a range of settings, including inpatient units, detoxification facilities, partial hospital programs, as well as mental health clinics and family agencies.
The following advanced clinical courses are either required or recommended for students who choose the mental health and substance abuse clinical specialization.
You must take all three of the following courses:
- SWO-438 Alcohol, Drugs, and Social Work Practice
- SWO-462 Advanced Group Work With Diverse, Vulnerable, and Resilient Populations
- SWO-578 Perspectives on Severe Mental Illness
Choose one of the following five courses:
- SWO-475 Narrative Approaches to Social Work Practice
- SWO-478 Social Work Practice in Health Care
- SWO-483 Cognitive Behavioral Approaches and Treatment
- SWO-528 Child and Adolescent Trauma
- SWO-582 Attachment, Neurobiology, and Social Work Practice
To learn more about SocialWork@Simmons clinical specializations, contact an Admissions Counselor at 1-855-523-7779.