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Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor

The Department of Social Work has been designated by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) as an Education and Training Provider for individuals who wish to obtain credentialing as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).

Lehman students who fulfill the following will have completed all educational requirements for the CASAC in New York State and will be issued the OASAS CASAC 350-Hour Standardized Certificate of Completion by the Lehman College Social Work Department:

  • Successful completion of all requirements for the undergraduate social work major at Lehman College
  • Successful completion of the following two social work elective courses*

    SWK 251: Introduction to Social Work Practice with Substance Abusing Clients (3 hours, 3 credits)

    SWK 351: Theories and Social Work Practice Interventions with Substance Abusing Clients (3 hours, 3 credits)

  • Completion of the New York State mandated two-hour training, "Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment." Training is offered by the Social Work Department each Spring semester; if completed elsewhere, a certificate of completion must be presented to the Lehman College Social Work Department.

Other requirements for the CASAC will include the following:

  • Work experience in the field of substance abuse; Successful completion of the N.Y. State CASAC credentialing examination; Submission of an application and required fee to OASAS Credentialing Unit staff.
  • Arrangements to meet those requirements will be made individually by the student with the N.Y. State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

*Note: Students who are not Social Work majors may register for the two elective courses; there are no pre- or co-requisites for these courses.

Last modified: 3/11/2014