NYS-CREDENTIALED ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR (CASAC)
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:
1. Knowledge of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse—85 Hours.
2.Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling—150 Hours
3.Assessment, Clinical Evaluation, Treatment Planning, Case Management, Patient/Family, Community Education—70 Hours
4.Professional and Ethical Responsibilities—45 Hours
CAC 1-01: Section 1, Module 1: Knowledge of Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Start Date: 4/24/23 End Date: 8/7/23
No Class: 5/29, 6/19
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.| Mondays
14 Sessions| 40 Hours| Virtual
CAC 2-01: Section 2, Module 1: Substance Abuse Counseling Theory
Start Date: 4/19/23 End Date: 8/9/23
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.| Wednesdays
17 Sessions| 50 hours | Virtual
CAC 4-01: Section 4, Module 1: Ethics and Professional Responsibilities
Start Date: 4/20/23 End Date: 7/27/23
No Class: 4/6, 4/13
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Thursdays
15 Sessions| 45 hours| Virtual
Summer CASAC Classes:
CAC 3-01: Section 3, Module 1: Assessment, Treatment Planning and Clinical Planning
Start Date: 8/10/23 End Date: 10/2/23
No Class: 9/4, 9/25
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Mondays & Thursdays
14 Sessions| 40 hours| Virtual
CAC 3-02: Section 3, Module 2: Case Management
Start Date: 8/1/23 End Date: 10/3/23
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Tuesdays
10 Sessions | 30 hours| Virtual
COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS (CHW)
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.
CERTIFIED RECOVERY PEER ADVOCATE (CRPA)
Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPAS) are individuals who have lived experience with substance use disorder and who are certified to provide non-clinical coaching, support, information, guidance, and motivation to those seeking or sustaining recovery from a substance use disorder. Training includes Advocacy, Mentoring/Education, Recovery/ Wellness Support and Ethical Responsibility. Upon successful program completion, students are eligible for paid work under the provisional CRPA credential (CRPA-P).
Thanks for your interest in CRPA training, the Spring 2023 application and enrollment period is now closed. Please check this page in Summer 2023 for more information on our next training cohort