Substance Use Disorders Education and Leadership Scholars Program

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is excited to announce the Substance Use Disorders Education and Leadership Scholars (SUDEALS) Program! The program seeks to develop a cohort of social work leaders specializing in substance use disorders by engaging BSW and MSW students, together with practice, research, and policy. 

Ten social work programs will have the chance to form a cohort that will create opportunities for social work students and field instructors in substance use practice. Throughout the duration of the program, the selected schools will have the ability to share resources.     

Funding Information: The SUDEALS program is funded by a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Opioid Response Network (ORN) subaward (SOR/TOR-22-5) via the American Academy of Adiction Psychiatry. The goal of ORN is to ensure enhancement and expansion of evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support programs/services. For more information and resources on ORN, please visit the ORN website.

Each participating program will:  

  1. Select a Project Director to oversee the implementation of the pilot program at their institution and to participate in quarterly cohort meetings. The Project Director will receive a travel stipend to attend CSWE's Annual Program Meeting (APM) to with colleagues.   

  2. Incentivize interest in substance use field placements, and a career in substance use practice, by providing stipends and specialized learning opportunities to selected BSW and MSW students. Students will also attend an annual Policy Event in Washington, DC, with a travel stipend provided.  

  3. Enhance the ability of selected Field Instructors to mentor and train social work students in substance use practice by providing stipends to selected Field Instructors and incorporating strong collaborations with the Field Education Office. Field Instructors will also participate in virtual training opportunities and collaborative sessions.   

  4. Implement components of the CSWE Practitioner Education in Substance Use and Misuse: Competency-Based Resources Guide, which provides standardized and evidence-based learning opportunities to strengthen the preparation of future social work practitioners to deliver effective evidence-based substance use disorders prevention, treatment, and recovery services.   

  5. Participate in data collection efforts to measure the effectiveness of the pilot program.   

The application period for the Substance Use Disorders Education and Leadership Scholars Program is now closed.