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May 19, 2007

Dual Disorders Fellowship partners with communities

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The Dual Disorders Fellowship Program gives employed mental health and substance abuse professionals the opportunity to enhance their education, credentials, and experience by earning a Master of Social Science Administration (MSSA) degree while staying in their current jobs and attending classes one weekend per month. The Program is also structured to provide financial support to students by forging a partnership among the employed student, his or her employer (service organization), the local community mental health and/or substance abuse services board, and the Mandel School. Each partner pays a portion of the tuition.

- Full news release
- Dual Disorders Fellows Program brochure

--by Matthew K. Weiland & Paul M. Kubek

Getting your graduate degree may seem like a great idea until the "how" and the "when" and the "why bother" intrudes upon your plans. When are you going to find the time to take graduate courses between work and family responsibilities? How are you going to pay for it? And toward what end?

Furthermore, the misconception that you have to quit your current job to return to school is often a deal breaker in itself. After all, it has taken a long time to get to your current position with your current employer. Why would you take a step back in order to move forward?

If you are an employed mental health or substance abuse professional who wants an advanced degree, set those worries aside. The Dual Disorders Fellowship Program (DDFP) at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences—the graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University—is designed to give you the chance to enhance your education, credentials, and experience while staying in your current job.

The DDFP is also structured to provide you financial support by forging a partnership among you, your employer, your local community mental health and/or substance abuse services board, and the Mandel School. Each partner pays a portion of the tuition to defray the cost of the master's degree. Think of this as a collaborative investment that will prepare you to be a leader in service innovation and social change.