Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Trainee Program (CASAC-T)

Alcohol and substance abuse counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction or other behavioral problems. The CASAC-T program trains counselors, social workers and psychologists to provide specialized treatment to aid recovery from addiction.

Why Choose CASAC-T?

Addiction is one of America’s most neglected diseases. Alcohol and substance abuse counselors require specialized skills to assess, plan and implement effective treatment plans. The CASAC-T program is designed specifically for students enrolled in one of Manhattan College master’s degree programs in counseling.

The Classroom

The small class size (no more than 18-20 in a section) provides students and professors the opportunity to collaborate and get to know one another. We accept students from diverse educational backgrounds and professional experiences. Each student brings their knowledge and perspective, which enriches everyone in the classroom. Most students form lifelong connections.

The Faculty

The faculty in this department are more than professors, they’re practitioners, from mental health counselors to psychologists. Their diverse training and years of job knowledge will enhance your classroom experience and accelerate your learning.

What Will You Learn?

You will learn how to provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction. By merging theory with practice, you will emerge with the necessary knowledge, skills and disposition to:

  • Utilize various counseling strategies and develop treatment plans based on the patient's stage of dependence or recovery
  • Incorporate the needs of diverse racial and ethnic cultures and special populations into clinical practice, including their distinct patterns of communication
  • Recognize the potential for substance abuse disorders to mimic a variety of medical and psychological disorders and the potential of these disorders to coexist
  • Be an empathic, caring human service provider

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What Will You Do?

There’s an increasing demand for substance abuse counselors in a wide variety of settings, including mental health and community health centers, prisons and private practices. Upon completion of this program, you can apply for the CASAC-T certificate, which is approved by the New York Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).