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Lehman College Continuing Education

Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors

There is a great demand for credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselors (CASACs) who have a sound clinical foundation, as well as sensitivity to the diversity of the client population. This program is designed for health and human services professionals, educators, clergy, and employee assistance personnel who wish to enter or advance in the field.

The Certificate Program

Qualifications: Satisfactory completion of education/training, supervised practical training, and documented work experience as well as passing the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS-OASAS) written examination for a the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) designation. Credential applicants are required to document 350 clock hours of course work covering 4 categories of knowledge. Assistance in identifying resources for the supervised practical training hours is provided.

To earn the Lehman College Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate, students must submit a program application  ($25) and (1) complete all required courses with a grade of “C” or better; (2) attend at least 80 percent of classroom instruction for each course; and (3) maintain an overall grade average of “B.” A certificate of completion is awarded after satisfactory completion of each course. This training is provided under New York State OASAS Provider # AI 0157.


Spring application deadline: 2/11/17. Summer deadline: 6/10/17. An interview may be required.

Required courses:

Overview of Alcoholism and and Substance Abuse
ASC 01 13 sessions / 40 hours / LEHC / $415

Diversity of Treatment Interventions and Approaches
ASC 02 15 sessions / 45 hours / LEHC / $465

Counseling Issues II: Family Counseling and Relapse Prevention
ASC 27 13 sessions / 40 hours / LEHC / $415

Treatment Planning, Clinical Documentation and Discharge Planning
ASC 31 10 sessions / 30 hours / LEHC / $315

Ethics, Ethical Practice and Counselor Wellness and Responsibility
ASC 42 15 sessions / 45 hours / LEHC / $465

Human Growth and Personality Development
ASC 26 10 sessions / 30 hours / LEHC / $315

Counseling Issues III: Communicable Diseases and Special Populations
ASC 28 12 sessions / 35 hours / LEHC / $365

Counseling Issues I: Individual and Group Counseling
ASC 24 15 sessions / 45 hours / LEHC / $465

Assessment, Clinical Evaluation, Case Management and Referral
ASC 33 13 sessions / 40 hours / LEHC / $415