The Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education offers a 350-hour, non-degree certificate program in Substance Use Disorder (including Alcohol and Nicotine Dependence), and Gambling Counseling. The program focuses on the psychopharmacological and physiological aspects of drugs; signs, symptoms, and stages of alcoholism; individual and group counseling skills; the ethics of confidentiality; family treatment; and multicultural issues including cultural competence. It meets the OASAS educational requirement for the CASAC credential.
Courses are offered online on a continuous basis and may be completed in two semesters. Classes are small and taught by OASAS-qualified instructors. Courses are scheduled on a rotating basis on Monday-Thursday evenings and during the day on Saturday.
Courses are offered during the spring, summer, and fall terms. The program utilizes a pass/fail grading system and takes into consideration class participation, class attendance, and competency in course assignments and activities.
Prospective students are encouraged to apply to take one or more courses based on their own schedules and course offerings. Students may take CASAC classes in any order.
Those who complete all eight courses may be eligible for up to 9 credits towards their Bachelor’s degree in Human Services at MCNY.
MCNY only provides the educational component required for the CASAC credential. It is recommended that students find employment that meets the OASAS guidelines for work experience.
Details on the OASAS CASAC requirements can be found here.