Addictions Certificate—Manhattan Center

75 Varick Street, Second Floor
New York, NY 10013

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

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

PAC 1- 45 clock hours
April 5, 2017–July 12, 2017
Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Total Cost: $1850 

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
April 5, 2017–July 12, 2017
Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Blended online coursework and 2 workshops
Total Cost: $2450

For those who are taking the 85 clock hours you must take two workshops. Two workshops will be included in the cost.

Workshop 1: April 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.  
Redefining the Addiction Landscape Within the Contexts of Historical Trauma Theory, Recovery Oriented Systems of Care and Human Rights Movements

Workshop 2: May 19, 2017 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Substance Abuse and the Family: A Relational Frame

Course Dates

April 5, 2017–July 12, 2017
Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

CASAC Preparatory Class

We will be offering a full-day CASAC preparatory workshop on Saturday May 4 at the Manhattan 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.

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 February 1
  • $500 by March 1
  • $500 by April 1

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: 
PAC1  $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.

Lead Faculty

john-crepsacJohn Crepsac, LCSW, ICADC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with nearly 30 years of clinical, administrative, and leadership experience in healthcare. Mr. Crepsac is nationally recognized as a thought leader in the area of behavioral health and addictive disorders, and has worked in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Crepsac has been in private practice for nearly 20 years as Treating Clinician for the NFL/NFLPA Substances of Abuse Program, as well as providing individual and family therapy for employees of Merrill Lynch and other financial institutions. Mr. Crepsac has represented some of the top treatment centers in the country, and more recently has focused his attention on improving treatment outcomes through long-term care strategies and monitoring.  

Andrea RiendlAndrea Riendl, LMSW, specializes in working with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. Currently, Andrea serves as the lead clinician of Outpatient Programs at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s young adult clinic for dually diagnosed individuals. Andrea received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Arizona State University where she focused on substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. She also has expertise in trauma treatment and has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Additionally, she has completed training with Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society and will soon be credentialed as a Certified Group Psychotherapist. Her prior work experience also includes being employed as a primary therapist in the Addictions/Co-Occurring Disorders Program at an internationally recognized inpatient treatment facility, Sierra Tucson, where she worked with individuals, families, and groups.


April 5 Historical Overview and Cultural Competency of Addiction Treatment
John Crepsac, LCSW, ICADC
April 12

Current Drugs and Patterns of Abuse
John Crepsac, LCSW, ICADC

April 19 Neurobiology of Addiction
Daniel Bober, DO
April 26 Current trends in Psychopharmacology
Daniel Bober, DO
May 3 Assessment: Diagnosis of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Disorders Part 1
Nick Lessa, LCSW, CASAC
May 10 Assessment: Diagnosis of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Disorders Part 2
Nick Lessa, LCSW, CASAC
May 17 Knowledge of Assessment: Adolescent Addictions
Andrea Riendl, LMSW
May 24 Knowledge of Addiction Treatment: Use of “Intervention”
John Crepsac, LCSW, ICDAC
May 31 Knowledge of Addiction Treatment: Motivational Interviewing
Nick Lessa, LCSW, CASAC
June 7 Addiction Treatment: Individual Counseling Approaches and Relapse Prevention 
Nick Lessa, LCSW, CASAC
June 14 Addiction Treatment: Group Counseling/Self-Help Approaches
Andrea Riendl, LMSW
June 21 Treatment: Identification and Issues for Children of Substance Abusers
Andrea Riendl, LMSW
June 28 Addiction Treatment: Family & Couple Counseling in Chemically Dependent population
Andrea Riendl, LMSW
July 5 Addiction Treatment: Behavioral and Other Addictions
John Crepsac, LCSW, ICDAC
July 12 Overview of Addiction Treatment with Special Populations: Culture/Gender Competency/ Eating Disorders, Veterans, Gerontology- Integration of Course Learning
John Crepsac LCSW, ICDAC

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.

For more information, please contact:

Audrey Freshman
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516.877.4339
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