When I became a student at the Hudson Valley Resource Training Center, I did not know what to expect. I was excited and also a bit nervous about meeting new people and learning about substance abuse counseling.
I have always been fond of counselling and helping others. I thought this training would be a great opportunity for me to get more involved in counselling and provide me with a career choice that I can be proud of. Karen and all of the instructors at the center made us feel so welcome and genuinely cared for. The classes are well structured, organized and very professional. I found myself looking forward to it every Wednesday.
As I got to know my classmates, I became even more excited about attending class. Seeing them and learning about their lives helped me to learn so much about us as a society and about myself as an individual in society. In today’s world, we are ALL touched by addiction in one way or another. It is a societal problem that we are all responsible to learn about and help in whatever way we can.
This course has been the highlight of my professional and personal life. Thank you Karen and all at the Hudson Valley Resource Training Center for all that you have given me and for the beautiful people you have brought to my life.
Taking the CASAC class at HVRTC was one of the best decisions that I ever made. I really looked forward to going to the classes each week because they were so interesting. After I was about halfway through the course, I started interning at Arms Acres and was lucky enough to get hired after I graduated from the class. I've been using what I've learned in class on a daily basis in my position as a counselor in inpatient rehab. I'll be starting a new position within the company next month helping the case managers with discharge planning for hard to place clients. I'm really grateful that I had the opportunity to take these classes and to have Karen as my teacher. I love my job and taking this class has really changed the course of my life.
Higher education is always different from college, but my experience at the HVRTC was more than I could ever imagine. At HVRTC we didn't just learn the material, we conducted our own groups and counseling sessions and put everything we learned into practice. We learned more about our classmates than most regular classes would, and we became a family, a place we could share our concerns and get feedback and good advice from our peers, just like a client would from their counselor. At HVRTC it's not just about power points, it encompasses everything we need to know about the counseling field to be the best and most effective counselor we can be. I learned a lot from my teachers and classmates while I was there, I can't imagine getting my CASAC-T anywhere else.