Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Graduate Courses

SOWK 622: Substance Abuse Treatment in Groups

Credit Hours



This advanced-level course will focus on the many applications of group work to those contending with addictive disorders.  Self- help groups, outpatient psychotherapy groups, psychoeducational groups, and inpatient intensive groups will all be considered, along with the various settings in which group work is conducted with this population.  Through a combination of assigned readings, attendance at group meetings and hands-on participation in small groups within the class, the student will gain a working knowledge of how groups function to assist those recovering from addictions. While the primary focus will be on treatment of substance abuse disorders, consideration will also be given to addiction to activities such as sex and gambling.  Etiological and legal issues will also be discussed.