An exploratory course to examine the world of self-advocacy. Participants will enhance skills and learn about resources for individuals with developmental disabilities, including how to start a self-advocacy group, speak up for their rights, advocate for others, and how to teach the community about the rights of people with disabilities.
ADVOC: $50 | Wednesday | September 5 – November 7 | No Class: September 19
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
9 Sessions | 18 hours


These classes meet the educational requirements established by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) for individuals who wish to prepare for a career in substance abuse counseling and those who are looking to obtain a CASAC-T. Upon completion of the 350 hours of training, you will be eligible to take the state examination.
This education requirement is comprised of four sections that are divided into eight modules. All CASAC courses may be taken individually, and in any sequence. Please note: It would be beneficial to the perspective student to meet or speak with the coordinator of the program prior to enrolling in classes to gain an understanding of the scope of work in the classes, OASAS’s credentialing process, and other essential information for someone who is considering a career in addiction counseling.

All courses are suitable for aspiring substance abuse professionals and some are suitable for a layperson. The eight modules must all be completed for graduation from the program. For further information concerning the credentialing process, please call 800.482.9564.

These proficiency requirements are listed as four sections:

  • Knowledge of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse—85 Hours
  • Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling—150 Hours
  • Assessment, Clinical Evaluation, Treatment Planning, Case Management, Patient/Family, Community Education—70 Hours
  • Professional and Ethical Responsibilities—45 Hours

Section A: Neurochemistry of Addiction Pharmacology
CAC 1-02: $500 (Textbook not included) | Tuesday | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM 
October 2 – January 22 | 15 Sessions | 45 hours | No Class: December 25 and January 1

Section B: Group Counseling Therapy
CAC 2-02:
$500 (Textbook not included) | Wednesday | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM 
September 26 – January 23 | 17 Sessions | 50 hours | No Class: December 26

Section C: The Family and Substance Abuse
CAC 2-03:
$500 (Textbook not included) | Thursday
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM 
September 27 – January 31 | 15 Sessions | 50 hours | No Class: December 27