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SASS Netherlands: Mental Health Issues & Practice in the Netherlands (SASS 375B/575)
Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
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Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 2
Courses Offered: Applied Social Sciences, Social Work Program Director/Assistant Director: Valerie Rambin, MSASS (
Credit Type: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate Case Credit Type: Engineering Social Sciences Credit, Global and Diversity Credit, Social Work Minor
Number of Credits: 3 Deposit: $300
Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, breakfasts, Housing, In-country transportation Not Included in Program Cost: Dinner, Flights, Lunch, Passport Fees, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
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Mental Health Issues & Practice in the Netherlands (SASS 375B/575)

In-Country Dates: March 10-16, 2018 (second weekend free to travel)
Pre and post trip seminars: January 27, February 24, and April 7 (Saturdays)
Faculty leaders:  Prof. Patrick Boyle, Director of Implementation Services at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices

Course Description: This 3-credit course will take students to a range of treatment settings and provide interaction with Dutch clinicians, managers and people receiving services.  Through this immersion, students then realize the 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, hospitals, 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 challenges students to compare Dutch mental health and co-occurring substance abuse treatment practices with those in the United States. Students with an interest in mental health and substance abuse issues are encouraged to enroll in this course.
In Amsterdam the course begins with a brief orientation early Saturday evening with the rest of Saturday evening free to explore the city. Sunday is also an open day until Sunday evening, which is reserved for a guided tour of the Red Light District by a person that has a history of homelessness. Students will have unstructured free time on the weekend after the course to travel. Students and faculty stay at the Leonardo Hotel Amsterdam City Center, a comfortable and well-located hotel used by the Mandel School for over 10 years.
Planned Site Visits (subject to change)

  • Attend lectures from Dutch experts at Vrije Universiteit (Free University) in Amsterdam on Dutch tolerance, euthanasia, substance use and abuse, and sex work (prostitution)
  • Visit Mentrum/Arkin, Amsterdam's primary integrated (mental health and substance use) care organization
  • Attend a symposium on Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT)
  • Travel to Rotterdam and visit with researchers at Erasmus University
  • Visit the Dampkring coffee shop and converse with a local expert about the history of coffee shops in Amsterdam as well as see the products they sell
  • Visit an inpatient psychiatric hospital and prison based treatment program for forensic patients and experience how the Dutch treat people convicted of crimes and that have mental health disorders
  • Visit housing programs, where people with co-occurring disorders can find access to a range of services including employment and social services, in order to create a stable living environment for their recovery
  • Participate in the "Great Debate" at the end of the week: an opportunity to make persuasive arguments for or against practices or social policies learned over the past week 

Program Fee $2,295 (billed to student account minus $300 deposit) includes in-country travel/transportation, breakfasts, hotel lodging (March 10-18), agency visits, guest lectures, and insurance abroad
Out of Pocket Expenses: airfare, lunch, dinner, personal spending money, etc.
Visit and contact Valerie Rambin (, Assistant Director International Education Programs, for more information on this or other Mandel School study abroad programs. Contact Nancy Issa ( for Financial Aid eligibility.


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