CASAC Program

Credential Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee
(CASAC-T) Education Program


Overview
The City College of New York’s Department of Psychology offers a NY State OASAS certified Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee (CASAC-T) education program.  This program is only available to students that are currently enrolled in the department of psychology at the City College of New York.  In addition to the required courses for all psychology majors – i.e., Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and Experimental Psychology – OASAS has approved ten 3-credit psychology courses (see course list below) as meeting the NY State education requirements for 350 hours of Addiction Specific Standardized Curriculum for the CASAC Trainee credential.


CASAC-T Program Objectives:

Through completion of the CASAC-T Education program, students will gain the full range of knowledge, skills and professional techniques related to alcohol and substance abuse counseling including:

- Knowledge of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (85 hours)
- Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling (150 hours)
- Assessment; Clinical Evaluation; Treatment Planning; Case Management; and Patient, Family and Community Education (70 hours)
- Professional and Ethical Responsibilities (45 hours)

Courses: 
- Knowledge of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (85 hours required)
- Brain-Mind Experience (PSY 254), 45 hours OR Drug Abuse and Addiction (MED 100)
- Drug-Alcohol Abuse: Causes and Treatment (PSY 340), 45 hours
- Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counseling (150 hours required)
- Infancy and Childhood (PSY 246), 45 hours
- Family Psychology (PSY 365), 45 hours
- Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology (PSY 380), 45 hours
- Small Group Processes (PSY 367), 45 hours
- Counseling Issues in Addiction Treatment (PSY 370), 45 hours 
- Assessment, Clinical Evaluation, Treatment Planning, Case Management & Patient, Family & Community Education (70 hours required)
- Psychology of Prevention Disorders (PSY 363), 45 hours
- Treatment of Substance Abuse I (PSY 350), 45 hours
- Treatment of Substance Abuse II (PSY 360), 45 hours
- Professional & Ethical Responsibilities (45 hours required)
- The ethics requirements are being fulfilled through the following required courses
- Drug-Alcohol Abuse: Causes and Treatment - 5 hours
- Family Psychology  - 5 hours
- Prevention Science - 10 hours
- Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology - 10 hours
- Small Group Processes - 5 hours
- Treatment of Substance Abuse- 10 hours

Total credit hours required for OASAS CASAC - Trainee credential = 350
Total credit hours of 10 OASAS - approved CCNY psychology courses = 450 credit hours

 

For further information and to enroll in the CASAC program at CCNY:

Contact the CASAC Coordinator at casac.ccny@gmail.com

For complete information on the CASAC credentialing process: Visit the Website of the NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services