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MSASS Netherlands: Integrated Mental Health and Substance Abuse (SASS 575/375B)
Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands
Program Terms: Spring Break
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
CWRU Short-Term Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Credit Type: Graduate, Non-Credit, Professional, Undergraduate
Number of Credits: 3 Program Advisor: Debby Jacobson, MSASS
Courses Offered: Applied Social Sciences Case Credit Type: Engineering Social Sciences Credit, Global and Diversity Credit, Social Work Minor
Deposit: $200
 Total Program Cost:
Included in Program Cost: breakfasts, Housing, In-country transportation Not Included in Program Costs: Dinner, Flights, Lunch, Passport Fees, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
Program Purpose: Study
Program Description:

Netherlands Amsterdam

 Mental Health Issues and Practice - SASS 350/575

In-Country Dates: March 9-16, 2014

Pre and post trip seminars  Saturday February 1, 22 & April 19, 2013

The course will take students to a range of treatment settings and provide interaction with Dutch clinicians, managers and  people receiving services  Students learn a great deal about similarities and differences between how Americans and the Dutch view mental health and substance use disorders, and, more importantly, how we treat the people we serve. Included are visits to treatment clinics, residential treatment centers, user rooms, prisons as well as universities.  Presentations are given by government officials, practicing social workers, health care providers and many of Holland's most prominent scholars. The experience will challenge students to compare Holland with the United States and help students understand the strengths and weaknesses of social policies and human services in both countries. 




1)  SASS 575/350  Integrated Mental Health & Substance Use


Mr Patrick Boyle

2)  SASS 325  Social Justice: Health & Violence Prevention

(UNDERGRADUATE SECTION) Dean Gilmore  Sarah Parran

3)  SASS 575  Social Justice: Health & Violence Prevention
Dr. Mark Singer

4)  SASS 575/350  Gender and Sexuality Justice - LGBT Life in Contemporary Dutch Culture

Elisabeth Roccoforte (


3 - Credit Courses Offer Global and Cultural Diversity Credit. Credit can also be awarded towards a social work minor.

Note that a $200 deposit is due at the time of application.  This deposit should be submitted to the Office of Education Abroad.  Instructions for payment can be found within the application.

Financial Aid May Be Used For Travel Costs

ContactNancy Issa  for Financial Aid eligibility details and procedure

Take an educational holiday overseas during Winter Break or Spring Break. Engage in cross-cultural studies of social policies and practices for health and human services. Several three-credit-travel courses are available for all students from all majors and programs as well as working professionals in health and human services. Groups are traveling to  Ecuador, The Netherlands, Guatemala, Poland, and Switzerland.

Each trip is led and taught by experienced faculty from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Faculty will stay at the same accommodations with students. Travel options are designed around a course syllabus that promote interaction with international policymakers and direct-service providers.

Contact:  Debby Jacobson for more information
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travel courses(

Students -  to register for course on SIS: SASS 350


The week will take us to a range of treatment settings and provide interaction with Dutch clinicians, managers, people receiving services, and of course, among ourselves!  Lots of walking is to be anticipated, interspersed with coffee (the real thing!), biscuits, cheese, chocolate, and typical Dutch hospitality. You will make many new friends and learn a great deal about similarities and differences between how Americans and the Dutch view mental health and substance use disorders, and, more importantly, how we treat the people we serve.

On Monday four lectures from Dutch experts at Vrije Universiteit (Free University) in Amsterdam will include Dutch tolerance, euthanasia, substance use and abuse, and sex work (prostitution).

Tuesday has often been the day for a "Mentrum/Arkin" Meet the Expert symposium (Patrick Boyle). This is Amsterdam's primary integrated (mental health and substance use) care organization, the result of three organizational mergers, a process that has also begun in America. Their website is: ( Arkin serves 25,000 clients annually with 3,100 professionals in 43 locations. It has a larger website within which you will find the two recently merged organizations at:|en&tbb=1&ie=utf-8

 We will likely meet with about 30 people invited to the symposium who represent Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) sites. Topics have varied from year to year and include: a) an update on new initiatives in Amsterdam related to integrated care; b) a presentation by me on a topic "to be determined". Last year I demonstrated the principles of the IDDT model by interviewing one of their clients and her case manager using Motivational Interviewing strategies. I hope to interview the same client again this year to learn how she has navigated her multiple disorders (depression, cocaine addiction, HIV Aids) and how the team has supported her recovery.  The visit included a tour of one of their residential facilities. In the afternoon we visited a treatment program for children/adolescents and heard from their program manager about clinical approaches being used with that client population.

On Wednesday we typically have travelled to Rotterdam and visited with Erasmus University researchers Dr. Niels Mulder and Andre Wiersma. We then have toured a residential program, namely Mackay, for homeless people with drug problems. I am attaching their website ( and as also translated into English:|en&tbb=1&ie=utf-8

Erasmus researchers have provided us with data from progressive research projects. Last year we heard two such presentations, one looking at cultural differences for people being involuntarily hospitalized and another on assertive outreach with people having serious mental illness.  I have included their Dutch website to introduce you to some of their work ( and as translated into English:|en&tbb=1&ie=utf-8.

On Thursday The Dampkring coffee shop is visited ( where you will converse with a local expert about the history of coffee shops in Amsterdam as well as see the products they sell. An obvious cultural difference from America, the Dutch allow the use of marijuana in a "coffee shop" setting and sell small amounts of the product as well. Though the schedule is still in the planning stage, an afternoon visit to Altrecht, an inpatient psychiatric hospital for forensic patients, has exposed us to how the Dutch treat people convicted of crimes and that have mental health disorders:

Friday often takes us to Blacka Watra, a drop-in center where people can find access to a number of services including showers, employment, social services, food, laundry and a "User Room", i.e., a safe place to use drugs: The afternoon is usually reserved for the "great debate" where you have an opportunity to make persuasive arguments for or against various Dutch practices or social policies as they apply here at home (or "not").

Travel Considerations: The Netherlands can be cold and rainy (sometimes snowy) with the day time temperature often in the 40-50 degree range. We do a lot of walking and take public transportation (tram access will be provided for the course) so wear comfortable shoes and consider layered clothing. It can feel colder than the actual temperature since it is below sea level. The streets of Amsterdam are crowded with people and bicycles. Though the hotel may not be of the same standard with which you are accustomed, it is quite nice. The trip over will be tiring because of jet lag and during the week because of evening activities on your personal time. English is spoken everywhere, the water is okay to drink everywhere (though often you must pay for it in a restaurant), and it often costs to use public restrooms. The course begins with a brief orientation on late Saturday afternoon and your Saturday evening will be open to see the city! Sunday is also an open day but in the evening is a walking tour with Dutch and Case faculty of the Red Light District. You will also have some unstructured free time on the weekend after the course. 

 Hotel: All students and faculty will be staying at Leidse Square Hotel Amsterdam. The website is: located on a quiet side street off Leidseplein, near museums, the City Theatre, Casino, cinemas, and with countless restaurants, bars and disco's close by. The historical city centre with its canals, the Leidsestraat with numerous shops and famous museums are all within walking distance, as is the Vondelpark. The hotel has a wake-up call service, a safe in most rooms, bathroom, phone, TV, radio, soap, shampoo, hair dryer & shower cap with a full breakfast starting at 7:00am every day. It does not provide a wash cloth or lotion, exercise facilities or pool. All day  wireless is available for free and a computer is available in the lobby.

 Expectations: Smoking is not allowed in the hotel rooms.  You may not bring prohibited items back to the United States.  All students are expected to follow the laws of the United States while in the  Netherlands. Your behavior in the Netherlands should conform to behavior appropriate for students in the U.S. Most importantly, you are to behave as representatives of Case Western Reserve University while guests in the Netherlands.


This program is currently not accepting applications.