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;
- 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.
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. The program prepares graduates to:
Goal I: Demonstrate supportive and facilitative communication skills.
- Apply the principles of effective leadership by
demonstrating appropriate counseling strategies
- 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
- Apply the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance
Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Cannon of Ethical
- Identify and explain the role and basic tools and
processes a CASAC utilizes to properly diagnosis
and treat individuals and families affected by
- 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
- 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
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
SUNY Schenectady County Community College has been approved as
a New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
(OASAS) Education and Training Provider.
According to NYS OASAS, students who have a criminal history are
not automatically prevented from receiving their CASAC, but will
be required to provide information relative to their conviction to be
considered as part of the review of the CASAC Application.
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:
Note - Secondary Program Exclusion
Section 8.6 of the
provides that students may earn an
additional degree or certificate provided that the secondary program
includes at least 15 credit hours of requirements not in common with
the primary program. Students who are enrolled in both the Human
Services A.A.S. and the Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S.
programs will need to work carefully with their advisors when
choosing electives to meet this secondary program exclusion.
For more information on the Chemical Dependency program please view the degree requirements and contact:
Eric Carlson, MS, CASAC, LMHC
Elston Hall, Room