Credentialed Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor

NYS OASAS Requirements

350 Education Hours

I.     85 HOURS -
KNOWLEDGE OF ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Basic Knowledge: Pharmacological Effects, Overview of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Treatment Approaches, Self Help

II.  150 HOURS -
ALCOHOLISM & SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING  
Group, Individual & Family Counseling, Special Populations, Relapse Prevention, Vocational Educational rehabilitation, Communicable
Diseases: HIV/AIDS, STD's, TB, Hepatitis.

III.  70 HOURS -
ASSESSMENT, CLINICAL EVALUATION, TREATMENT PLANNING, CASE MANAGEMENT, FAMILY & COMMUNITY EDUCATION   
Assessment & Evaluation, Treatment Planning, Clinical Record Keeping & Discharge Planning, Case Management & Referral.

IV.  45 HOURS -
PROFESSIONAL & ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES & DOCUMENTATION
Counselor Ethics, The Counselor Client Relationship, Confidentiality, Legal Issues/Documentation

ONCE YOU COMPLETE THESE 350 CLASSROOM HOURS, YOU WILL THEN RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE.

YOU CAN NOW APPLY FOR YOUR CASAC-T

 In addition to meeting the education requirement you will need

6000 work experience hours (3 years) in an approved work setting or
4000 hours (2 years) plus a Bachelor’s Degree or
2000 Paid Hours (1 year)  plus a Master’s Degree

Internship hours Do Count as experience and there is no state requirement  as to how long an internship should last.  Up to 2000 internship/volunteer hours can be counted towards the work experience except if you have a
Master’s degree.

You must be at least 18 years of age
High School Diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
Reside or work in New York State at least 51 percent of the time
You will be required to take a written exam upon completion of your classroom hours

 For more information, please visit the OASAS website at:  
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