SOCW 472

Social Work Practice in the Field of Addictions

Units: 1.5

Hours: 3-0

Critically examines current practice models in the addictions field. Differing models of change including peer helping, harm reduction, Indigenous approaches to healing, and inclusive approaches to assessment, prevention and intervention will be studied. Attention will be paid to assessment and intervention across the lifespan and with populations who are subject to marginalization and discrimination. Practice strategies for working effectively with individuals who are coping with concurrent conditions will also be explored. Students will be asked to critically examine their own personal and professional preparation for addressing addiction issues in their chosen field of practice.


  • Students not majoring in Social Work but in their third- or fourth year may request permission to register in the course.


  • SOCW 471; and
  • admission to Bachelor of Social Work program; or
  • permission of the school.

Undergraduate course in Social Work offered by the School of Social Work in the Faculty of Human and Social Development.

Summer Fall Spring

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