Chemical Dependency Counseling (A.A.S. and certificate)

SCCC offers two Chemical Dependency Counseling programs, the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) and the Certificate, which lead to New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) trainee status.

These programs would appeal to professionals from all disciplines who want to strengthen their existing knowledge and acquire skills that they can apply in their work setting. Programs and core courses may be of interest to:

  • substance abuse counselors;
  • mental health professionals, educators, and substance abuse prevention specialists;
  • employee assistance professionals, managers, and administrators;
  • social workers;
  • psychologists;
  • clergy;
  • probation officers and other law enforcement professionals; and
  • nurses and health care professionals.

Core courses in both programs provide OASAS training hour equivalency and may be applied towards CASAC training.

Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S.

The Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S. degree program prepares graduates for immediate employment in residential, out-patient, and other rehabilitation centers. The 63 credit, specialized addiction curriculum is enhanced by social science courses and two field internships that provide students with models of ethical conduct, helping skills, and the foundation for a professional career.

Graduates of the program are CASAC training eligible and have completed all of the OASAS education requirements for CASAC.

Internship/Field Placement Sites

The Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S. program has established training partnerships with substance abuse providers within the community such as: 

Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate

The Certificate program in Chemical Dependency Counseling provides students with an array of 31 hours of specialized curriculum that develops the skills and knowledge base required for addiction counseling. This program is a direct response to the needs of professionals who already have associates, bachelors, or master’s degrees, or those who are seeking a fast track to achieving CASAC training status through OASAS. Those with associates, bachelors, or master’s degrees or other college credits may transfer up to 16 credit hours to meet program requirements.

For more information on our Chemical Dependency programs please view the degree requirements and contact:

Eric Carlson, MS, CASAC, LMHC
Elston Hall, Room 200
(518) 381-1299