CASAC

Credentialed Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor Program

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

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent

  • In order to become a CASAC in New York State, you must: (1) meet specific competency and ethical conduct requirements; (2) meet specific work experience requirements (6000 hours (approx. 3 years); (3) meet minimum education and training requirements (350 hours of specific training that is broken up into 4 different sections); and (4) pass the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) examination for Alcohol and Drug Counselors. All the stated requirements are overseen and/or coordinated by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). For more information about CASAC credentialing, visit the OASAS website www.oasas.ny.gov 

  • Individuals in recovery should have a minimum of 2 continuous years of recovery

CAREER OUTLOOK

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?

  • Day program: Attendees in SUNY Ulster’s Fast Track day program will complete the CASAC course requirements in 6 months.

  • Evening program: Attendees in SUNY Ulster’s evening program will complete the CASAC course requirements in 12 months.


PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

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.


2018 FREE INFORMATION SESSIONS

SO YOU WANT TO BE A CREDENTIALED ALCOHOLISM & SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR (CASAC)

For those interested in becoming an addictions counselor or for professionals who wish to re-specialize in addiction counseling, these sessions will address the training, education, and competencies required. Speak to a Program Coordinator about how academic coursework may substitute for some of the requi­site training hours.
Location: Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster (KCSU)


 

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