SUNY Ulster is an approved training provider by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and provides the required 350-hour educational training as a first step to becoming a Credentialed Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor. This program is designed to address the needs of those who wish to prepare for a career in substance abuse counseling or those who wish to enhance their skills as social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, rehabilitation counselors, mental health counselors, substance abuse counselors, marriage and family therapists, and school counselors.
REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A CASAC
Employment of substance abuse behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow
22 percent from 2014-2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Salaries
with a CASAC increase with advanced educational degrees.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE 350 HOURS of EDUCATIONAL TRAINING at SUNY ULSTER?
SUNY Ulster provides OASAS approved CASAC renewal trainings. Topics have included: Criminal Thinking, Problem Gambling, and Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention.
MASTER’S LEVEL PROFESSIONALS IN SOCIAL WORK AND RELATED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FIELDS
Individuals who have completed a Masters in a major that would lead to state education
department (SED) licensure in one of the following five disciplines: social work;
mental health counseling; marriage and family therapy; psychotherapy; or creative
arts therapy are only required by OASAS to complete the 85 hours of Section I and
OASAS’ one-time requirements. Obtaining a masters in one of the disciplines noted
above represents completion of Section II-IV. Masters level professionals can earn
these required hours at SUNY Ulster.