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Practitioner Education in Substance Use Disorders (Prac-Ed)

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has been awarded a nearly $500,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to expand practitioner education in social work for substance use disorders (SUD).

The 2-year project will create a high-quality standardized SUD curriculum, which will strengthen the preparation of future social work practitioners to deliver effective evidence-based SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services. The standardized SUD curriculum will align with the social work competencies identified in the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards and include a field education component, which will allow students to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities affected by an SUD.

Prac-Ed Social Work Field Activities Guide

The Prac-Ed Social Work Field Activities Guide was developed by a group of field educators to provide practical activities to engage students (both in person and virtually) in SUD prevention and treatment in field. The guide is modeled on the Specialized Curricular Guide for Substance Use Social Work Practice

An on-demand webinar to walk through the Guide and sample activities, will be available through the CSWE Learning Academy in late January 2021. 

Curriculum Development

CSWE hosted a meeting November 6–8, 2019, with 22 schools (Year 1) and partner organizations to assist in the development of the SUD curriculum. These programs are committed to piloting the curriculum, collecting data through the student competency assessment matrix, and supporting additional programs that implement the SUD curriculum in the second year of the program.


Year 1 Participating Institutions:

  • Norfolk State University (VA)                                                                                             
  • Yeshiva University (NY)
  • Howard University (DC)                                                                                                               
  • Eastern Washington University (WA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas (NV)
  • Morgan State University (MD)
  • Albany State University (GA)
  • University of North Carolina-Wilmington (NC)
  • Marshall University (WV)
  • Fayetteville State University (NC)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • Southern Connecticut State University (CT)
  • University of Utah (UT)
  • Indiana State University (IN)
  • Monmouth University (NJ)
  • Augsburg University (MN)
  • The College of St. Scholastica (MN)
  • East Carolina University (NC)
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore (MD)
  • Cleveland State University (OH)
  • Boston University (MA)

 Ten additional schools were added in September 2020 for a total of 32 participating institutions.

Year 2 Participating Institutions:

  • Aurora University (IL)
  • Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • Delaware State University (DE)
  • Temple University (PA)
  • University of Georgia (GA)
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis (MO)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Wayne State University (MI)
  • Wichita State University (KS)
  • Youngstown State University (OH)

Partner Organizations

  • Association of Social Work Boards
  • National Council for Behavioral Health

For information on additional CSWE substance use initiatives, click here.