Providing researched, evidenced-based, trauma informed services in prevention, intervention and recovery support services; trains social workers ready to impact changes in oppressed populations; and adds to addiction and recovery practice knowledge through collaborative research.
Programs offered to the community include:
- Family Connections: Juvenile Diversion Program
- Life Connections: Suicide Prevention Groups
- Life Maps: Counseling Program for Youth (ages 12-17) and Young Adults (ages 18-24)
- MAVS 4 Youth: Motivating, Advocating, Valuable Strategies 4 Youth
- New Connections: Pregnant/Postpartum Intervention Program
- Student Transitions through Parental Support (STTPS)
All programs are funded by grants and provided to the community free of charge.
Preparing social work students to be equipped by providing competent social work services and excellence in professionalism is the goal of CARS. Through a systematic training program, CARS trains 20-30 interns per semester, preparing them for quality social work practice upon graduation.
CARS facilitates faculty research not only on current programs, but community collaborations. CARS also tracks current trends in mental health and substance use and evidence-based interventions.