SW 4171/5171 Addictions Treatment

Social, legal, political, psychological, biological, spiritual, and ethical factors related to the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, eating disorders, and behavioral additions such as shopping and gambling. Various intervention models with an emphasis on harm reduction, stages of change, and a strengths perspective. The role of a professional social work in the field of addictions treatment, application of social work ethical principles to guide professional practice, and response to contexts that shape practice. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

Course details

Course syllabus: 
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UNI students: junior standing
Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) distribution area: 

Students working toward their Bachelor of Liberal Studies may apply credit earned in this course to their degree. This Guided Independent Study course is applicable to the Professional Fields distribution area. Learn more about the BLS degree program.


van Wormer, K. & Davis, D. Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective. 2012/3rd edition. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning. 0840029160

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Additional materials: 


This course requires that you purchase a course packet. Course packets are available from Copyworks. Call 319-266-2306 to order your course packet over the phone with a credit card. Packets are available electronically or through hard copy.

Course delivery

This course is available in an online format, utilizing web pages and eLearning, a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Students may need access to someone who can assist with computer set-up.


Katherine Van Wormer

Enrollment information

Tuition: $233/unit, plus non-refundable enrollment fee of $10 and technology fee of $38 for online courses

To enroll: Visit the GIS Enrollment page for forms and information. Or visit us at CEEE 16 on the UNI campus. Campus map

Guided Independent Study
UNI Continuing and Distance Education
319-273-2123 or 800-772-1746

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