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Community Health Workers (CHWs) are front-line public health workers who help individuals and families connect to healthcare/social resources to support their wellness. The Community Health Worker Certificate Training Program provides learners with the skills and knowledge to enter into the workplace as a CHW, Advocate, Navigator, Outreach or Resource Coordinator. CHWs are frequently employed in community based organizations and are emerging in healthcare settings. Upon completing training, students receive a certificate issued by the City University of New York.

Dates TBD
6:00 pm—9:00 pm  | 

18 sessions | 54 hours

Tuition: FREE

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: Prospective students should speak with the CASAC coordinator prior to enrolling in order to gain an understanding of the scope of work in the classes, OASAS’s credentialing process, and other essential information for understanding a career in substance use disorder 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

Knowledge of Substance Abuse
6:30 pm—9:30 pm | March 28 - July 18 | No Class: April 18, May 30 and July 4
14 sessions | 40 hours
CAC 1-01 : Tuition: $500 (textbook not included)
Substance Abuse Counseling Theory
6:30 pm—9:30 pm | April 6 - August 3 | No Class: April 20
17 sessions | 50 hours
CAC 2-01: Tuition: $500 (textbook not included)

Assessment Treatment Planning, Clinical Evaluation​
Monday and Thursday
6:30 pm—9:30 pm  | August 1 - September 19 | No Class: September 5
14 sessions | 40 hours
CAC 3-01: Tuition: $500 (textbook not included)


Case Management, Family and Community Education
6:30 pm—9:30 pm  | July 26 - October 4 | No Class: September 27
10 sessions | 30 hours
CAC 3-02: Tuition: $500 (textbook not included)

Ethics for Substance Abuse Professionals
6:30 pm—9:30 pm  | April 7 - July 21 | No Class: April 21
15 sessions | 45 hours
CAC 4-01: Tuition: $500 (textbook not included)