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Community Development and Advocacy

Course Code AMHW-300
Lecture hours per week 3
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open

The field of addiction and mental health work recognizes that private troubles are, in fact, public issues. Community organizing is the theory and practice of organizing people around the public issues in their lives with the goal of implementing innovative social entrepreneurship objectives to create social change, and is a critical component of addiction and mental health work practice. In this course, students will examine the theory and applications of community organizing, social entrepreneurship and advocacy. Students will work in small groups to plan, implement and present a new community program focused on addiction and mental health that promotes equity, inclusion and social justice, using social entrepreneurship and community organizing theory and skills.