Addictions Counseling

A.S. Degree - Transfer Program
50% or more of this program can be completed online.

This program is designed to prepare students for a future in addiction counseling after completing the baccalaureate in Social Work or another relevant field.

Addiction counseling is a challenging and rewarding field for which entry-level employees are often not well prepared. This program is designed around the 12 Core Functions designated as essential by the New York State Office of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services and required for completion of the Credentialled Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) . These core functions are addressed in six 3-credit alcohol & chemical dependency counseling classes.

In New York State, oversight of treatment for addiction to drugs/alcohol is by the New York Office of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The credential for drug and alcohol counselors is the Credentialled Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor, commonly known as the CASAC. Anyone with a CASAC qualifies as what is known as Quality Health Professional (QHP). All drug/alcohol abuse treatment facilities that are licensed by New York must comply with the OASAS requirement that at least 50% of their clinical staff shall be QHPs and the preferred form of QHP for chemical dependency treatment agencies is the CASAC.

(Housed in the Human Services Department)


Distribution RequirementsCredit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 -16 Credit Hours
ACD 140 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency & the Human Service Worker 3
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE* 3-4
HUM 101 Introduction to Human Services 4
HUM 111 Field Work in Human Services I 2
Total15-16
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 -16 Credit Hours
ACD 143 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Independent Counseling Skills 3
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 3
LITERATURE ELECTIVE* 3
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE* 3-4
MTH 160 Statistics I OR HIGHER 3
Total15-16
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVES*6
ACD 144 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Group Counseling Skills 3
ACD 142 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency & the Family OR
ACD 241 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Treatment Modalities OR
ACD 245 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Special Topics
3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE*3
Total15
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology3
ACD 246 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Internship & Seminar6
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION 2
ELECTIVES*4
Total15
TOTAL CREDITS60-62

* ELECTIVES: Students should seek advisement regarding elective depending on their transfer plans.

Students planing to transfer to a SUNY college or university must also fulfill the SUNY General Education Requirement.
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