Addictions Postgraduate Certificate Program

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Adelphi University School of Social Work Department of Continuing Education and Professional Development is offering Master’s level professionals in social work and related behavioral health fields the opportunity to complete the 350 clock hour educational requirement to apply for the NYS OASAS credential in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC-T).

Students will have the opportunity to select one of two options: a 45 clock hour program (PAC 1) or an 85 clock hour (PAC 2).   If you are a postmaster’s graduate who has already completed an elective in substance use disorder during your graduate training then you would select PAC 1.  If however, you are a postgraduate student in the field of mental health looking to fulfill the NYS OASAS 85 clock hour requirement for Section 1 training, or are looking for a more expansive experience combing in-class training with workshops and blended online coursework then you would select PAC 2.

The postgraduate addictions certificate (PAC) offers a sequential program to enhance the theoretical and clinical knowledge of treatment  of adolescents, adults and their families coping with addictive disorder.  PAC will promote the psychodynamic understanding of current theoretical and practical approaches to assessment and treatment of substance use disorder. A series of leading experts from the addictions field will discuss the neurobiology of addiction, psycho-pharmacology, differential diagnostic assessment, motivational interviewing, and empirically-based evidence treatment approaches with adolescents and adults across a broad spectrum of culturally diverse populations. Topics will incorporate an integrated approach to substance use disorder and mental health comorbidity including the behavioral addictions: sex, gambling, and tobacco use. The course will synthesize lecture, case presentation, and classroom discussion.

Postgraduate Certificate in Addictions Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Addictions course promotes the psychodynamic understanding of current theoretical and practical approaches to the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders. A series of leading experts from the addictions field will discuss:

  • The neurobiology of addiction
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Empirically based evidence treatment approaches with adolescents and adults across a broad spectrum of culturally diverse populations

Topics will incorporate an integrated approach to substance use disorder and mental health comorbidity, including behavioral addictions: sex, gambling and tobacco use. The course will synthesize lecture, case presentation and classroom discussion for 45 credit hours towards the completion of the New York State CASAC requirements of addiction-specific education and training (Section 1).

Who Should Take This Course

  • All postgraduate students in the fields of behavioral health
  • Advanced degree students completing their master’s (pending discussion with their adviser)

Course Delivery

This course is conveniently designed for working professionals. It involves:

  • One evening per week
  • One semester

See locations at top for specific schedules.

Please note: All classes must be attended to receive 45 clock hours of training.

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Adelphi Graduate Students and Alumni

We offer an accelerated program for all Adelphi graduate students of the School of Social Work that will enable you to apply for the examination for CASAC-T status or for the full CASAC (depending upon the fulfillment of work experience requirement).

CASAC Trainee Certification

Applicants may be considered for a CASAC Trainee certificate upon satisfying a minimum of:

  • 350 clock hours of the required education and training; OR
  • 4,000 hours of appropriate work experience and the 85 clock hours in Section 1 of the education and training related to knowledge of alcoholism and substance abuse.

Your CASAC Trainee certificate will be effective from the date that any of the above eligibility requirements are approved until the end of the five-year period that your application is active. The CASAC Trainee certificate is not renewable. However, if you are an examination candidate when your CASAC Trainee certificate expires, a three year extension may be requested for an additional fee. If you do not complete the credentialing process by the expiration date of your CASAC Trainee certification extension, in order to be considered to become a CASAC in the future, you will be required to submit a new application, associated documentation and an additional application processing fee. You will not be considered for CASAC Trainee certification a second time.

Exam Information

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and Prevention (CPP/CPS) examinations are now administered via the computer-based format only. The paper/pencil exam has been eliminated. The computer-based examination is administered by ISO Quality Testing at centers located in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Flushing, New York City and Syracuse.

Beginning January 1, 2011, the credentialing examinations are being offered on a continuous basis, rather than four times per year. An approved candidate may re-test once every 60 days as long as an active application is on file.

Eligible examination candidates may request an Examination Registration Form by contacting the Credentialing Unit at 1.800.482.9564 (Option #3).

CASAC Exam Resources and Prevention Exam Resources are available.


Graduates of All Other Master’s Programs

Each program has a unique set of courses that can be applied toward completion of the 350 clock-hour education requirement. It’s important that you check directly with the New York State OASAS credentialing specialist regarding your own specific transcript and clock hour needs. Call 800.482.9564.

CASAC Preparatory Class

We will be offering a full-day CASAC preparatory workshop. This course will be taught by Gail Compton, M.A., LMHC, CASAC. Ms. Compton has extensive experience as a trainer in the field of addictions, specifically in reviewing the CASAC material necessary to help pass the exam. See locations at top for specific dates and fees.

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the onset of the postgraduate certificate program.  Cancellations occurring more than seven working days before the onset of the program will result in a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment.  Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.

Credentialing Information

This program has been approved for 45 CEU credits by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work. Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.

According to NYSED, in order to award social work clock hours; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”
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For further information, please contact:

Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC
Director, Office of Professional and Continuing Education
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516.877.4339
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