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;
- 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.
In addition to the A.A.S. and certificate programs, SCCC also offers a Problem Gambling Certificate. This 4-credit course meets the 60 hour educational requirements for the New York State OASAS Problem Gambling certificate. The curriculum focuses on the assessment and treatment of problem gambling. It provides a broad overview of the field of problem gambling which includes theories of causation, gambling trends, and theoretical treatment and prevention models, modalities, approaches and techniques. The course further explores the impact of problem gambling on the health and well-being of both individuals and communities including strategies that emphasize the collaborative community mental health model. Prerequisite: HUS 150 or current CASAC-T or CASAC documentation.
For more information on our Chemical Dependency programs please view the degree requirements and contact:
Michael S. Washco MS, LMHC, NCC
Elston Hall, Room 204
Eric Carlson, MS, CASAC, LMHC
Elston Hall, Room