Understanding the Addiction Recovery Experience: The Use of Experiential Learning in Undergraduate Human Services

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Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, and Practice






3 (1-32)


Since 2020, the steady rise of overdose and substance use related deaths has created an ongoing need for a greater addiction workforce. Responding to this need, Human Service education programs are strongly encouraged to prepare competent professionals to work in recovery-oriented treatment settings. Research supports experiential learning to foster clinical competency, however its application toward SAMSHA transdisciplinary foundations in human service education is limited or unknown. The authors present an exploration of the use of experiential learning as a teaching tool to foster student competency toward the SAMSHA core transdisciplinary foundations of application to practice and professional readiness.


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Winfield, C. J., & Sawyer, J. M. (2024). Understanding the addiction recovery experience: The use of experiential learning in undergraduate human services. Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, and Practice, 10(1), 1-32, Article 3. https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/jhstrp/vol10/iss1/3/