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Summer School of Addiction Studies


Summer School of Addiction Studies – July 19th – 22nd, 2021

The Addiction Education program of the Rutgers Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies has begun accepting course proposals for the 2021 Summer School of Addiction Studies (SSAS) July 19-22. The theme this year is: 
Science, Cultural Humility and Compassion-Paving The Road To Recovery
Topics of primary interest are listed below, but we will consider proposals for other topics that are specific to best practices in any of the topic areas. The Course Proposal Form (CPF) is attached.
Possible Course Topics:
Topics in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Research
Incorporating Cultural Humility in treatment for Substance Use Disorder 
Prevention in 2021 and Beyond
Topics in Clinical Supervision
The Role of Peer Recovery Specialists
Trauma-informed treatment approaches
Motivational Interviewing
Medication Assisted Treatment from a clinician’s perspective
Non-abstinence based treatment approaches
Treatment considerations in the criminal justice system
The role of family and social support in treatment and recovery/CRAFT
Treatment considerations for current drug trends (including Stimulant and Opioid Use Disorders)
Legal Marijuana Prevention, Policy, and Treatment Considerations
The Impact of Covid-19 on treatment for substance use disorders
Stimulant and Opioid Use Disorders
All proposals must include:
  • A course description including an outline for 9 hours of class time plus a one hour out-of-class assignment.
  • A minimum of 2 hours dedicated to topics of cultural humility and responsiveness. Please include specifics: how diversity will be addressed, what diversity groups you will discuss, and how diversity/cultural humility is critical to prevention, treatment and recovery.
  • Bibliography of at least 5 references, at least 3 published within the last ten years and at least 3 empirical papers.
  • A rating of beginner, intermediate, or advanced course work
Please Note:
Preference will be given to new and innovative approaches.
Courses will meet in 3 hour blocks; integration of active student participation through experiential exercises is requested.
Proposals in the form of a completed CPF, along with your curriculum vitae, can be submitted by email to: cas_ed@rutgers.edu (please cc: nkj@smithers.rutgers.edu), by All proposals will be reviewed by the curriculum committee, and you will be informed about your proposal by February 1, 2021.

More Information Coming Soon!!







2020 – 78th Annual Summer School of Addiction Studies Conference

SSAS is an accelerated 4-day program consisting of a One-Day conference and 3 days of cutting edge topics in addiction treatment and professional networking opportunities. Join us in celebrating the 78th anniversary of the oldest addiction education program in the United States, where you can develop a personalized schedule of courses, lectures, and workshops. Among its many historical claims to fame: Bill W., the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, was an instructor at our Summer School in the 1940s! Since then we have hosted many dynamic keynote speakers. We are excited to announce Deni Carise from Recovery Centers of America has this year’s keynote speaker.


Beyond Policy and Theory: Taking Practice to the Next Level – One-Day conference
Monday, July 6, 2020

Live Stream Virtual Event
Fee – $99.00

Summer School of Addiction Studies
Tuesday, July 7 to Thursday, July 9, 2020
Live Stream Virtual Event
Fee – $550.00  (includes the $99.00 One-Day Conference fee)