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Tara Anderson



Tara Anderson joined the Department of Sociology and Social Work at UWSP in 2020. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) with over 15 years of social work practice experience, with an emphasis on substance use and mental health recovery. Anderson previously served on the Council of Social Work Education National Task Force for the Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use Social Work Practice. She is the coordinator of UWSP’s Substance Use and Addiction Studies Minor.


Anderson, T. (2021, October 22). Are we meeting the challenge? Substance use disorder education for social work [Virtual Presentation]. Wisconsin Sociological Association Annual Conference, Stevens Point, WI.

Contributor. (2020). Specialized practice curricular guide for substance use social work practice. 2015 EPAS Curricular Guide Resource Series. Council on Social Work Education.

Anderson, T. (2019, June 12). What Schools of Social Work are Teaching about Substance Use Disorders:  A Content Analysis of MSW Substance Use Course Syllabi.  Peer-Reviewed poster presentation at the annual NASW Minnesota conference, Brooklyn Center, MN.

What I enjoy most about teaching is helping students to develop the knowledge, values, and skills to then be able to help and empower others most in need.

-Tara Anderson


They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Substance Use and Addiction Studies Minor

SCI B345


DSW - Social Work
University of St. Thomas

MSW - Social Work
Dominican University

B.S. - Sociology
Viterbo University


Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Substance Use Disorders: Advanced Practices for Recovery
Social Work Methods: Casework
Social Work and Mental Health