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

SUNY Schenectady 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: 

Mission Statement

The Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S. degree program’s mission is to prepare its graduates for immediate employment in residential, in-patient, and other rehabilitation centers. The specialized addiction curriculum is enhanced by social science courses and coordinated with field experiences to provide students with models of ethical conduct, helping skills and the foundation for a professional career.

 

Goal I: Demonstrate supportive and facilitative communication skills.

  • Apply the principles of effective leadership by demonstrating appropriate counseling strategies and skills
  • Communicate effectively within professional and academic environments both orally and in writing using the appropriate English conventions

Goal II:  Demonstrate a professional identity, commitment to ethical practice.

  • Apply the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Cannon of Ethical Principles
  • Identify and explain the role and basic tools and processes a CASAC utilizes to properly diagnosis and treat individuals and families affected by addiction
  • Complete two field placements of 150 hours each working with a CASAC

Goal III: Demonstrate a core set of skills and theoretical background essential for employment in the field.

  • Complete coursework in the four categories of education and training ( 350 clock hours) required by OASAS
  • Identify different theoretical perspectives as they apply to the substance abuse field
  • Research discipline specific topics and issues using a variety of print and electronic resources
  • Apply essential strategies of client engagement and the assessment, evaluation and treatment planning process
  • Recognize the role brain science and biological functions play in physical addiction
  • Analyze and present statistical data

Goal IV: Recognize diversity and the role cultural competence plays in the proper delivery of the continuum of substance abuse treatment.

  • Identify the multi-cultural identities in the lives of people in their community and beyond
  • Identify the traditions, values and family systems of various populations
  • Apply appropriate strategies in working with diverse populations
 

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
Professor
Elston Hall, Room 200
(518) 381-1299
carlsoer@sunysccc.edu