Grant Abstracts

Simmons SSW Expansion of Substance Use Practitioner Education 

The goal of the Simmons SSW Expansion of Substance Use Practitioner Education (ESPE) project is to develop and implement required curriculum to teach Master of Social Work students the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to provide high quality, evidence-based identification and treatment for substance use disorders. The curriculum will include, but not be limited to, SBIRT strategies; assessment; treatment principles and their application, with particular attention to alcohol, marijuana, stimulants, and opioids.

The activities proposed in this project will support the effort to build and modify the curriculum and train 1,030 MSW students over the 2-year project period. Student learning will occur through the required “Substance Use and Social Work” course. This course will reach all MSW students in the campus-based and online program platforms and will be designed to train students in the identification, assessment, and treatment of substance use disorders.

Simmons Trauma Education Project

The Simmons Trauma Education Project (STEP) seeks to expand, diversify and strengthen the mental health workforce serving Boston-area children and families impacted by trauma. The project aims to improve health and well-being of children and families disproportionately impacted by health and social inequities by increasing the diversity of the behavioral health workforce skilled in providing trauma-informed care. STEP achieves this via recruitment of students to the MSW program with Certificate in Trauma Practice, as well as the recruitment of supervisors for training in culturally-aware, trauma-informed practice. One of the goals of STEP is to ensure participation of both students and supervisors from diverse backgrounds including racial/ethnic minorities, sexual and/or gender minorities, and linguistic minorities, as well as individuals from rural and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.

SIMPACT Scholars Program

The SIMPACT Scholars Program is a specialized training program funded by HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration). The project aims to increase the number of social workers with competencies in interprofessional, integrated behavioral health in primary care who pursue careers in clinical work with vulnerable populations in urban and rural medically underserved areas. One of the goals of the SIMPACT Scholars Program is to ensure participation of students from diverse backgrounds (racial, ethnic, cultural, geographic, and class), from sexual and gender minorities, from rural or disadvantaged backgrounds, and from linguistic minorities.

SIMPACT-SUD (Substance Use Disorders)

SIMPACT-SUD (Substance Use Disorders) expands and enhances the SIMPACT mission by training clinical social work students, faculty, and field supervisors in the implementation, teaching, and delivery of behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment services. SIMPACT-SUD differs from SIMPACT in that we have partnerships with four area health centers: Codman Square Health Center, Family Health Center of Worcester, South End Community Health Center, and Outer Cape Health Services. Per the terms of the grant, each health center receives $400,000 over the grant period to enhance agency-wide training related to treatment of OUDs and other SUDs.

SIMPACT-SOWEP (Simmons Opioid Workforce Expansion Program)

SIMPACT-SOWEP (Simmons Opioid Workforce Expansion Program) aims to increase the number of social workers with competencies in evidence-based OUD and other SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services in high demand, high need areas through the enhancement of community-based experiential training and faculty development. Students’ clinical competencies will be achieved through enhanced interprofessional experiential training and education in integrated behavioral health and primary care models, as well as non-traditional sites such as Harvard Law School, Boston Emergency Services Team, and Boston Children’s Hospital Division of Emergency Medicine.


Tamara Cadet

Simmons Faculty Member Awarded Grant by the National Institute on Aging

Associate Professor Tamara Cadet is advancing efforts to develop health decision support interventions for underserved and underrepresented older adults.

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