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Social Workers on the Front Line of the Opioid Epidemic: Call for Applications Has Closed

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing has a learning opportunity designed to enhance professional social work responses to the current opioid epidemic and other addiction-related consequences in individuals, families and communities.

Social workers are the bedrock of behavioral health services in this country, and this workforce plays an important role in addressing addiction and addiction-related issues in the populations they serve. As such, it is imperative that social workers understand the current theoretical frameworks, evidence-based interventions, and the numerous resources by which individuals with opioid use disorder can be supported.


In partnership with New York Community Trust and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), this 20-month learning collaborative will help programs and schools of social work prepare students to lead the charge against the opioid and drug epidemic the United States currently faces. Participating schools will gain access to leading experts in the field through a range of training and technical assistance offerings. These experts and resources will support participating schools of social work to:

  • Refine and/or expand existing addiction-related coursework;
  • Partner with field placement sites that offer addiction-related services; and
  • Recruit 7-8 students to take the addiction-related coursework and intern at identified field placement sites.

If your program or school of social work is seeking to improve the core competencies of social work students to engage in an array of substance use and addiction-related services, this is the right opportunity for you!


Eligibility Overview

Programs and schools of social work that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Accredited by the CSWE;
  • Offer one or more of the following degree programs: BSW, MSW, combined BSW/MSW or MSW advanced standing program;
  • Offer at least one addiction-related course and have the flexibility to refine and/or expand that curriculum;
  • Have an existing relationship with at least one field placement site that provides addiction-related services or offer other options to meet the field education requirements through addiction prevention and/or treatment.

Applications must be submitted online by Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00p.m. ET.

Selected Schools and Programs for the Opioid Epeidemic Learning Collaborative

  • University of Wisconsin at Whitewater
  • University of Iowa
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Florida International University
  • SUNY Stony Brook University (NYC)
  • University of Wyoming
  • University of Alaska at Anchorage
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Campbellsville University (KY)
  • Touro College of Graduate School of Social Work (NYC)


Application Deadline Has Closed
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Contact: Amanda Baer

Key Dates

Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7:00p.m. ET

Notification of Selection Status: Friday, October 18, 2019

Virtual orientation for Selected Schools: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 2:30-3:30p.m. ET


Total Award

Selected schools of social work will receive $5,000 each for their participation in the learning collaborative. Selected students and field placement sites will also receive a stipend for their participation. Each of the 7-8 students recruited by schools to participate will receive a stipend of up to $6,000. Additionally, each selected school is allocated a total of $10,000 for stipends for identified field placement sites, and exact amounts will be determined with the National Council depending on the number of sites and students placed.


More Information

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to find out about learning collaborative eligibility, activities, benefits, and more! Have a question that is not included in the FAQs? Contact Amanda Baer, Project Coordinator, at or (202) 629-5799.