Loyola University Chicago

OWETP @ LUC Training Program


The Opioid Workforce Expansion Training Program at Loyola University Chicago (OWETP@LUC) is a federally funded grant program that aims to enhance prevention, education, treatment and recovery of adolescents and transitional-age youth (individuals up to 26 years-old) at high risk for substance use disorder (SUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD) by creating a pipeline to employment. This project aims of OWETP@LUC are:

  • Implement interdisciplinary training for Master of Social Work students that promotes the integration of behavioral health with primary care (including trauma-informed care) with a focus on working with OUD and other SUD prevention, treatment and recovery services.
  • Increase the number of field placements and internships to help meet the behavioral health needs of persons in high need and high demand areas who have, or are at risk for, OUD and other SUD, including children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth.
  • Develop and enhance faculty development by providing interprofessional training for social work faculty as well as community-based clinical site staff.

2020-2021 Program

Students who participate in OWETP@LUC will take two specific credit bearing courses and a special SWFI section during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 academic semesters. Students in OWETP@LUC will receive a $10,000 stipend. Specifically, students will complete the following:

Fall Semester 2020

  • Enroll in clinical interventions course.  The course is for students who want a more comprehensive understanding of prevention, identification and treatment of opioid use disorders, especially among youth and young adults. This course is considered an elective.
  • Enroll in a special SWFI section that allows OWETP students to discuss their experiences in their field setting.

Spring Semester 2021

  • Enroll in a behavioral health policy course that focuses on working within medically underserved communities. This course will facilitate student understanding of the social policy and social welfare concerns associated with youth and young adults at risk of opioid use disorder (and other substance use disorders) on the local and national levels, including how policy shapes the experiences of at-risk youth, the delivery of services to this population, and advocacy for new policies or changes in policies. Possible topics to be explored include: accessibility and use of services (e.g. interprofessional teams and integrated care); tools for analyzing policies and engaging in improving the policy process; advocacy for youth and young adults.  This course serves in place of 610H/610F/602, advanced policy courses which are required for many specializations.
  • Attend and participate in the annual one day OWETP@LUC conference.


Students interested in participating in the OWETP@LUC project must meet the following due to federal and institutional requirements:

  1. Be a 2nd Level MSW student or Advanced Standing MSW student
  2. Be in good academic standing (GPA 3.2 or higher)
  3. Be eligible to work in the United States and be a permanent resident or US citizen
  4. Not currently participating in HRSA funded programs (e.g. PACES)
    Plan to be in a second-level field placement that has a focus on one of the following key areas: mental health, health, youth and adolescents and/or substance use disorders
  5. Register for the OWETP@LUC courses during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters
  6. Attend and participate in the annual OWETP@LUC conference during the spring 2021 semester
  7. Participate in all evaluation activities (surveys, focus groups, etc.)
  8. Applications must be submitted by Friday 24 January 2020


Students who are selected will receive a $10,000 stipend during the course of the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. Please note that this stipend may be considered taxable income.


  • Applications and Resumes/CVs Due: Friday 24 January 2020
  • Decisions Announced on or before: Tuesday 4 February 2020
  • Student Commitment Letters Due: Friday 7 February 2020


For more information about the Opioid Workforce Expansion Training Program (OWETP) please contact the project manager, Douglas Schacke at dschacke@luc.edu.