Alcohol/Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate


The Alcohol/Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate Program is a 31-credit program designed to prepare students for entry-level employment or to enhance current employment within the addictions field. This certificate provides an academic and experiential foundation for skill development and ethical practice in the field of addiction. All the credit hours earned in the Alcohol/Substance Abuse Certificate Program are applicable to the Human Services A.A.S. Degree Program. As of May 1, 2014 this certificate is accepted by the New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) covering 310 training hours that can be utilized toward the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Application. The Human Services (HUS) Program is a partial provider of OASAS training. NOTICE: Students who were enrolled in certificate coursework prior to September 1, 2013, and complete the certificate, may be awarded 350 hours of training toward the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Application.

Program Goals:

The program will:

  • Develop a range of individual skills that are required for the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling profession.

A.  Demonstrate a proficiency in the skills of: conducting comprehensive assessment, assigning diagnosis, developing individualized treatment plan, interviewing, determining levels of care/referrals/treatment interventions, case presentations, clinical documentation, managing a resistant client, individual counseling, group counseling, multicultural counseling, ethical decision-making, effective communication-verbal/written, critical thinking, and networking.

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of conceptual information used in the Addictions professions.

A.   Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand the knowledge areas of : role/function/traits of an addiction counselor, physical/psychological/social concepts of drug classifications, abuse/dependence, diversity and cultural aspects of counseling, models of addiction, treatment/prevention, historical perspectives of theory, theoretical perspectives and techniques, clinical interventions/strategies for change, ethical standards/confidentiality/mandated reporting/state laws, assessment/evaluation, documentation, other compulsions/psychiatric disorders, diagnosis, treatment planning, referral, community support/self-help, agency operations, supervision, leadership, and professional development.

  • Develop additional academic skills required for professional development.

A.  Demonstrate information literacy through the use of technology and research tools.

B.  Prepare for CASAC Credentialing Exam.


  • Promote an awareness of a pluralistic society and an acceptance of a global view.

A.  Demonstrate an awareness of human differences to include economic, social, familial, and environmental concerns.

  • Prepare the student for employment for the field and/or transfer to an associate’s degree.

A.  Satisfactory completion of all certificate requirements.

B.  Student demonstrates a “fitness for the profession”.

Gainful Employment:

The United States Department of Education has recently mandated that certain information for programs designed to lead to gainful employment be disclosed to prospective students. This program's gainful employment information can be found here.

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Denise Coughlin
Phone Number: (518) 562-4193
or Call 562-4200 Extension:193

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