A Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) is a person who provides alcohol and substance abuse counseling services in individual and group settings. A CASAC is trained to perform diagnostic assessment, evaluation, intervention and referrals. Job duties may also include providing community education and support, as well as serving as a liaison to community agencies. The demand for CASACs is extremely high and expected to grow in the years to come.
CASAC’s 25-credit program through the Northeast Resiliency Consortium provided an overview of major concepts and theories of chemical dependency. Students studied the physical, psychological and legal aspects of alcohol and substance abuse, as well as a variety of treatment approaches. They learned the practical applications of techniques used in the field, and explore the rigorous ethical standards CASACs must adhere to. Additionally, the resiliency component came with NRC will help CASACs respond during times of crisis. The successful completion of this program and two semesters of internship, will earn you the CASAC trainee certification.
While NRC’s CASAC training has ended, you can still take these classes through Kingsborough’s Office of Continuing Education. For more information call 718.368.4870 or visit Continuing Education’s website.