Addictions Certificate—Garden City

1 South Avenue,
Garden City, NY 11530

Select one of two options and complete the CASAC-T education requirements by January 2017

For Graduate Students of Adelphi University who have completed an elective in Addictions (Adelphi-SW727)

PAC 1- 45 clock hours
October 18, 2016–January 31, 2017
Tuesday evenings 15 classes, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Total Cost: $1,850 

For all other postgraduate students who have not completed an elective in addiction and need to complete Section 1 of NYS OASAS training:

PAC 2-85 clock hours
October 18, 2016–January 31, 2017
Tuesday evenings 15 classes, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and blended online coursework: 20 hours
Total Cost: $2,450

For those who are taking the 85 clock hours you may opt to take additional workshops held in Garden City prior to onset of course. 

Payment Plan

We offer a payment plan for those who wish to pay in installments:

  • $350 deposit for PAC 1, $950 for PAC 2
  • $500 by October 28
  • $500 by November 28
  • $500 by December 28

Tuition Remission

If your agency takes student fieldwork placements from Adelphi, then the agency may be eligible for tuition remission. This may entitle you to a 30% discount off tuition pending your agency approval.
Cost with tuition remission: 
PAC 1 $1295
PAC 2 $1715
» Tuition Remission Policy
» Tuition Remission Form
To apply for tuition remission please download the form and return it to:
Pat Durecko 
Adelphi School of Social Work
One South Avenue
Garden City, New York. 
Please note that there is a $25 processessing fee. Please send in the completed form with a check payable to Adelphi University.  Cash is not accepted.  
Please email or for more information.

Course Dates

October 18, 2016–January 31, 2017
Tuesday evenings, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
15 classes


October 18

Current Drugs & Patterns of Abuse

October 25

Historical Overview & Cultural Competency of Addiction Tx

November 1

Neurobiology of Addiction

November 8

Current trends in Psychopharmacology

November 15

Diagnosis of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Disorders: Part 1

November 22

Diagnosis of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Disorders: Part 2 (Comorbid Mental Health Diagnosis and Integrated Care)

November 29

Use of Intervention

December 6

Motivational Interviewing

December 13

Identification and Issues for Children of Substance Abusers

December 20

Adolescent Addictions

January 3

Family & Couple Counseling in Chemically Dependent Population

January 10

Individual Counseling Approaches and Relapse Prevention

January 17

Group Counseling/Self-Help Approaches

January 24

Nicotine Dependence, Sex Addiction, Gambling

January 31

Behavioral and Other Addictions

Lead Faculty

Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC

Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC

Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC, is director of continuing education and professional development at the Adelphi University School of Social Work and is the Director of the Postgraduate Certificate Program in Addictions.  She also maintains an active private practice located in Rockville Centre, New York.  Dr. Freshman has more than three decades of experience specializing in the substance abuse treatment of adolescents, adults and their families Prior to coming to Adelphi, she was the former associate director of a New York State OASAS community outpatient setting. Dr. Freshman has extensively published and lectured in the area of substance abuse, and is dedicated to the generation of education and training within this field. She is the assistant editor of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.  She received an M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work at New York University.

Danielle_PortoDanielle M. Porto, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice.  She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University where she focused on substance abuse and co-occurring disorders and began her extensive work as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. She also completed training with EGPS and is credentialed as a Certified Group Psychotherapist. Danielle utilized this foundation to develop her specialty in working with young adults (ages 18 to 30) struggling with substance use and other co-occurring disorders including mood, personality, and eating disorders. Prior to private practice, Danielle initiated and developed a young adult clinic in Manhattan for dually diagnosed individuals as part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Danielle also spends her time educating the mental health community about clinical work with young adults through presentations and media appearances. She currently has offices in Manhattan, Roslyn, and Garden City, NY.

CASAC Preparatory Class

We will be offering a full-day CASAC preparatory workshop on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Garden City campus.

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. The cost of this program will be $150. You may be expected to purchase an additional review book. 

Enrollment Form

  • Please answer the following questions in a word document and upload it. For Adelphi Students:
    1. Did you complete your Master’s in Social Work at Adelphi University
    2. Did you complete Social Work Practice in the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use (727 Elective) at Adelphi University?
    3. Have you gained work experience in the field of addictions?
    For all other professionals from other accredited graduate programs:
    1. Do you have a Master’s Degree in a field of behavioral health?
    2. List your graduate degree from each school and year of graduation. For graduates of schools other than Adelphi University School of Social Work, please contact NYS OASAS credentialing department to determine how many clock hours will be accepted towards the completion of your CASAC educational requirement. The phone number is 1.800.482.9564.
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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.

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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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