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From 2019 to 2021, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, with funding from New York Community Trust and in partnership with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), created the Social Workers on the Frontline of the Opioid Epidemic Learning Collaborative to help prepare Social Work students to work with individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and/or Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Throughout the learning collaborative, the National Council provided trainings, resources and technical assistance on SUD and OUD-related topics.

Resource Library

This resource library includes the webinars, resources and trainings that were provided to the Learning Collaborative participants. These resources can be used by faculty, students, field supervisors or anyone else who wishes to further their education and understanding of how to best work with individuals with SUD/OUD.

The webinars provide content on SUD/OUD-related topics, such as policy, the use of language and stigma. They are available in a full-length version, while some have been broken down into shorter sections that can be easily inserted into existing curriculum, used for class assignments and/or used to develop staff capacity in the field.

In addition to the webinars, there are resources that provide guidance on how to enrich students’ learning, including a field practicum activity list, classroom guides for case vignettes and language discussions and a guide for faculty by faculty.

For more resources and information regarding substance use education and competencies, please visit the Council on Social Work Education’s page on Practitioner Education in Substance Use Disorders.

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This website was created as a part of Social Workers on the Frontline of the Opioid Epidemic, a two-year initiative focused on preparing social work students across the country in addressing and treating substance use and opioid use disorders in practice. This initiative was made possible by funding from the New York Community Trust. For questions, please contact Maura Gaswirth at