CASAC Program

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


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 the following:

- 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

You can meet these requirements if you take the following 10 courses to be eligible for a CASAC-T (all of these courses need to be taken at City College):

- Infancy and Childhood (PSY 24600)—45 hours

- Brain-Mind Experience (PSY 25400) OR Drug Abuse and Addiction (MED 10000)—45 hours
- Drug-Alcohol Abuse: Causes and Treatment (PSY 34000)—45 hours
- Treatment of Substance Abuse I (PSY 35000)—45 hours
- Treatment of Substance Abuse II (PSY 36000)—45 hours
- The Prevention of Psychological Disorders (PSY 36300)—45 hours
- Family Psychology (PSY 36500)—45 hours

- Small Group Processes (PSY 36700)—45 hours
- Counseling Issues in Addiction Treatment (PSY 37000)—45 hours
- Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology (PSY 38000)—45 hours

- Professional & Ethical Responsibilities—45 hours
- The ethics requirements are being fulfilled through the following required courses included in the list above:
- Drug-Alcohol Abuse: Causes and Treatment—5 hours
- Family Psychology—5 hours
- The Prevention of Psychological Disorders—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 credit hours
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

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

Last Updated: 08/02/2022 11:27