This course supports students in creating, carrying out and completing projects designed to improve service delivery in alcohol and drug counseling. Building on work begun in HSCD 650, students review literature relevant to their topic areas, and network with local service providers regarding opportunities for implementing their projects with underserved populations. Under faculty supervision, students design projects and implement them in clinical or community-based settings that provide services to clients with substance use or co-occurring disorders, and follow up with outcome evaluation measures.
- Develop and propose a project designed to improve service delivery and/or accessibility for those with substance use or co-occurring disorders.
- Develop relationships with and elicit input from relevant service providers, community organizations and participants from underserved or marginalized communities.
- Complete a literature review and, if engaging in research activities, gain approval from the Human Subjects Review Board.
- Implement the project in a manner that is culturally responsive and incorporates community participation and faculty and peer guidance.
- Evaluate the impact of the project in conjunction with the service providers, community organizations and participants involved.