Addictions Certificate—Garden City

Garden City Campus
1 South Avenue
Garden City, New York
Social Work Building, Room 306

45 CEs

Select one of two options and complete the CASAC-T education requirements by February 2020

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

PAC 1- 45 clock hours
October 19, 2019–February 15, 2020
Saturday mornings, 15 classes, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
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 19, 2019–February 15, 2020
Saturday mornings, 15 classes, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon and blended online coursework: 20 hours
Total Cost: $2,450

Payment Plan

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

  • $350 deposit for PAC 1, $950 for PAC 2 by October 4
  • $500 by November 15
  • $500 by December 20
  • $500 by January 17

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:
Patti Valerio
Adelphi School of Social Work
One South Avenue
Garden City, New York. 
Please email or for more information.

Course Dates

October 19, 2019-February 15, 2020
Saturday mornings, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
15 classes


October 19

Historical/Cultural/Political/Ethical Overview of Addiction Counseling

October 26

Current Drugs, Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol and Drug Abuse including Nicotine

November 2

Neurobiology of Addiction

November 9

Current trends in ATOD pharmacology including Nicotine (NRT)

November 16

Diagnosis & Assessment of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Disorders; Assessment and Toxicology Tools

November 23

Comorbid Mental Health/Health Diagnosis, Trauma and Integrated Care

December 7

Adolescent ATOD Addiction: Developmental Stages, Diagnostic Assessment; Risk/Protective Factors, Prevention & Treatment

December 14

Use of Intervention, Assessing Level of Care (LOCATR) & A.S.A.M.; Knowledge of Payer Symptoms

December 21

Theory of Research and Practice with Children of Substance Abusers

January 4

Theory of Research and Practice with Family & Couple Counseling in SUD

January 11

Motivational Interviewing Approaches and Stages of Change

January 25

Theory, Research, and Integrated Practice in Individual Counseling Approaches

February 1

Process Addictions: Nicotine Dependence, Sex Addiction, Gambling

February 8

Special Pops: Federal Block Grant Recipients, Women issues, Veterans, Gerontology

February 15

Group Counseling/Self-Help (AA, Faith-based, SMART,  Refuge Recovery)

February 22

John McAteer, LCSW, ICDAC


Lead Faculty

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