DSW Candidate – Neil Caldwell, CSW, LCADC, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Attending College While in Recovery from Addiction-Substance Use Disorders (SUDs): Identifying Gaps, Barriers, and Solutions

DSW Candidate – Neil Caldwell, CSW, LCADC

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Attending College While in Recovery from Addiction-Substance Use Disorders (SUDs): Identifying Gaps, Barriers, and Solutions

The addiction crisis we have faced over the last several decades is progressively worsening with the rise of synthetic drugs, opioids, fentanyl, co-occurring mental health disorders, and the traumatic events surrounding overdose deaths. These issues affect individuals, groups, families, and communities across every city and town in the United States. The demand for clinical addiction counselors is at an all-time high due to the need and availability of addiction treatment.

Many individuals in recovery have ambitions to work in the field of clinical addiction treatment but face numerous barriers to fulfilling their dreams when pursuing a college education. This capstone project identifies the research behind these challenges and uses the identified gaps in proposing pathways in higher education for this underrepresented population. These pathways are conceptualized through theoretical lenses using systems and social learning theories.

Finally, the practical application proposals of clinical and educational solutions are integrated into academia to help create ethical and competent social workers ready to work in clinical addiction treatment settings.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the History of Research Connected to College Students in Recovery and the Prevalence of Addiction and SUDs in the US and on College Campuses
  2. Identify a Conceptual Framework with the specific Evidence-Based Theories that best fit this Research Topic with Identified Gaps & Barriers
  3. Look at Proposals for Practice Applications through Clinical and Educational Solutions-Interventions, both Past and Present

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.