Providing opportunities for international students to observe addiction treatment and recovery services in clinical settings.

Exchanging Best Practices

CODA, Inc., Oregon’s oldest not-for-profit opioid treatment agency, first hosted students from the Queen’s University School of Social Sciences, Education, and Social Work in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the summer of 2014. In the years since, the CODA Social Work Scholars have continued to bring their enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity, and exemplary work ethic to this thriving project. Student travel has been supported each year by grants from Queen’s University and by the student participants themselves.

The students from Queen’s are training to serve a population that faces the same addiction/mental health conditions that CODA encounters in Greater Portland, with the additional challenge of addressing the effects of trauma following generations of unrest and violence in Northern Ireland. They are eager to learn more about behavioral health and social justice in the United States and to share their unique experiences with their counterparts here.

The demand for research, teaching, and evidence-based treatment in the addictions field is growing and it is global. The CODA Social Work Scholars Project believes that collaborations crossing geographic, political, and economic boundaries have the best potential for success.

Tim Hartnett, Project founder & former executive director, CODA, Inc.
Over 4,000 patients a year receive innovative, evidence-based treatment at CODA, supported by a nationally recognized Research Program.
More than 50 students from Queen's University, Belfast, have been part of the CODA Social Work Scholars Project since 2014.

Meet the 2019 Scholars