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 9 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.
Fall application deadline: September 12. An interview may be required.