Postgraduate Certificate Addictions 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 89 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 combining 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. 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
  • One day of SBIRT 

See locations at top for specific schedules.

 
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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
e – afreshman@adelphi.edu

Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator, Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education
Social Work Building, Room 237
p – 516.877.3216
e – jsuppa@adelphi.edu