Addictions Counseling

Build the credentials you need for a career as a drug and alcohol counselor

With an addictions counseling certificate from Monroe Community College, you can fulfill state requirements for a Credentialed Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor-in-Training (CASAC-T) license. This is the first step toward earning a full CASAC, which qualifies you for employment as a substance abuse counselor in New York State.

Designed for students who already hold an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree in a field related to addictions counseling (such as social work), MCC's addiction counseling certificate offers specialized training. This 18-month program includes an addictions counseling internship that provides you with 300 hours of practical, supervised field experience. And you'll develop practical skills such as:

  • Intake screening
  • Treatment planning
  • Crisis intervention
  • Case management
  • Referral and consultation with health professionals
  • Legal aspects of addiction counseling

MCC's Addictions Counseling Certificate is the First Step Toward a CASAC License

MCC's addictions counseling classes are taught by expert faculty in the human services department who've spent years as practicing drug and alcohol counselors. You'll take seven specialized courses in alcohol and chemical dependency counseling, plus Introduction to Human Services and Human Services Field Work.

New York has a shortage of well-trained addiction counselors, so you'll enjoy many career opportunities by qualifying for a CASAC-T license and working toward the full CASAC license. Graduates of our addictions counseling certificate program have a strong record of continued education and career success.

To find out more about the addictions counseling certificate from Monroe Community College, contact our admissions office at or (585) 292-2200.

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Certificate Program

Department:Human Services

School(s): Community Engagement & Development

MCC Program Code: AS02

This certificate program is intended for students who already have an Associates, Bachelor's or Master's degree in an associated field, and is designed to qualify graduates to apply for the CASAC-T, the Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor-in-Training designation. This is the first step toward obtaining the CASAC itself, which in New York State is the appropriate qualification for a career in the substance abuse counseling field. Included in this certificate is course work covering all core functions of an addictions counselor as specified by the New York Office of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Also included is a 300 hour internship in a Rochester area addiction-related agency.
(Housed in the Human Services Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Initial screening of potential clients as to their need for further evaluation and diagnosis.
2. Intake: collecting of necessary personal information, explanation of confidentiality laws, obtaining of appropriate release of information signatures.
3. Orientation: clarify rights and responsibilities of both client and treatment facility, facility rules, tour appropriate areas, explain treatment process, help client to understand what is expected, and what s/he may expect.
4. Assessment, Evaluation and Intervention: Take an appropriate psychosocial history, develop a diagnosis based on current DSM criteria, help client to understand the damage that addiction may be doing to physical, family and career life.
5. Referral: Be able to appropriately match client diagnosis and symptoms to treatment facility and program level. Be familiar with other area programs and facilities that client may need beyond substance abuse treatment and be able to make appropriate referrals.
6. Treatment Planning: Be able to: develop client treatment plans, including long-term and short-term goals and the areas of life specified by OASAS; involve client in the development of the treatment plan; keep treatment plans updated.
7. Counseling: Be able to: select the appropriate counseling model(s) for a situation; use one-on-one and group counseling skills, including empowering clients, focusing on strengths, and keeping the focus on the client's agenda, not the counselor's.
8. Crisis Intervention: recognize and appropriately respond to signs of relapse, suicidality, depression. Be able to appropriately call on others for assistance when the situation is beyond his/her abilities to handle.
9. Patient Education: Counselor will be able to: help client to understand the processes of addiction, withdrawal, relapse, and recovery; be able to convey this information in terms understood by clients and in one-on-one, in group or in front-of-the room environments.
10. Case Management: Be able to understand, and where appropriate assist client with, processes in which the client may be involved in the areas of social services, legal, health care, and mental health care.
11. Reporting and Record Keeping: Be able to keep succinct but complete and coherent records regarding all client interactions for the well-being of both client and agency. Be capable of objective reporting and of knowing what should be included.
12. Consultation with Other Professionals: Be able to work in the substance abuse field as a team member. Discern when to call on supervisor or other experienced staff for assistance. Develop a file of others who can be called on as needed, within appropriate confidentiality procedures.

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Requirements for Program Entrance
Requirements for Program Entrance
Those who wish to add addictions counseling education to pre-existing Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's degrees in a human services field

Distribution Requirements:

Credit Hours
HUM 101 Introduction to Human Services**4
HUM 111 Field Work in Human Services I**2
ACD 140 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency & the Human Service Worker3
ACD 142 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency & the Family3
ACD 143 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Independent Counseling Skills3
ACD 144 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Group Counseling Skills3
ACD 241 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Treatment Modalities 3
ACD 245 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Special Topics 3
ACD 246 Alcohol/Chemical Dependency - Internship & Seminar6

** Or 6 credits of relevant electives with permission of Department Chair.
Revised 7/7/2020