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ACT Program Overview and Requirements

For students in the MSW program, all six ACT courses will be embedded in the MSW program. These courses will substitute for the HBSE distribution course, the Advanced Clinical distribution course, and all three electives. In addition, students will be required to take one extra course, which can be taken during a summer session or during the regular academic calendar. 

Note that the ACT Curriculum was revised in 2019. The new curriculum is shown below and in the Curriculums at a Glance for MSW students, Advanced Standing students, and Postgrads; the original coursework may be found in the Curriculum at a Glance titled "MSW/ACT Students (original curriculum)". A new course sequencing document is also provided.  

For postgraduates - those who have earned a clinical degree at the masters or doctoral level - the six courses can be completed on a part-time basis within one year.

Added together, these six courses will provide all the education hours needed for LCADC licensing.  The six educational courses in the ACT program are as follows:

  • HBSE: Understanding Addictive Behaviors - 19:910:514
    Examines psychosocial development, through the lifecourse, highlighting the factors influencing the ways in which individuals develop and recover from addictive behavior. (HBSE Advanced Distribution Requirement)
  • Gambling Counseling and Special Topics - 19:910:510
  • Clinical Social Work: Addictive Behaviors I  - 19:910:522
    Covers the alliance, assessment, and diagnosis of substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders.(Advanced Clinical Distribution)
  • Clinical Social Work: Addictive Behaviors II - 19:910:597
    Prepares clinicians in the use of theoretically driven, evidence-based treatments in multiple modalities. (Elective)
  • Case Management in Addictions Practice - 19:910:598
    Covers making connections with the context of clients’ lives. (Elective)
  • Professional Development and Responsibility in Addictions Practice - 19:910:599
    Prepares students for ethical practice, use of supervision, professional obligations, testing, and job-seeking. (Elective)

Generally, students can choose from Saturday courses on Camden or Newark campuses, and Friday classes on the New Brunswick campus.  Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., four times during the semester, with additional online content to complete the required contact hours.

ACT Course Sequencing document

Click on a link below to view the Curriculum at a Glance for:




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