Substance Abuse Counseling Certification in New York
There is only one level of certification in New York for substance abuse counselors. The protected title is known as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). New York has specific requirements including education, training, experience, exams and the signing of a Code of Ethics.
Are you interested to learn about Addiction and Substance Counseling? Take the opportunity to learn about dedicated programs. Request free information to begin or continue a degree program.
Contact Capella University about the Online Master of Science in Addiction Studies. Other related programs offered are Bachelor's in Psychology, Post-Bacc Certificate in Addictive Behavior, PhD in Addiction Psychology and more. Master in Addiction Studies (CACREP Accredited) combines course work, residency, and fieldwork, dedicated to deliver skill and knowledge to counsel individuals struggling with or affected by addictions. Request Information Here.
- Pass a criminal background check.
- Have a High School Diploma or GED. A higher degree is recommended for both advancement potential in organizations and so you can substitute schooling for supervised work experience as explained below.
- You must sign the Canon of Ethical Principles.
- You will need 350 hours of training and education:
- This training must include 85 clock hours related to Knowledge of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse with at least 4 hours related to tobacco and nicotine; 150 clock hours related to Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling with 15 hours of Cultural Competence; 70 clock hours related to Assessment, Clinical Evaluation, Treatment Planning, Case Management and Patient, Family and Community Education; 45 clock hours related to Professional and Ethical Responsibilities with 2 hours related to Child Abuse, Mandatory reporting and 15 hours related to Ethics for Addiction Professionals.
- You are required to have 6,000 hours of supervised experience in an Alcohol and Drug Abuse counseling work environment.
- This experience must be overseen by two CSAC supervisors who will evaluate your performance.
- You must have weekly supervision by your supervisor.
- Your experience must include at least 300 hours in the 12 Core Functions, with 10 hours of direct supervision in each: Screening; Intake; Orientation; Assessment; Treatment Planning; Counseling; Case Management; Crisis Intervention; Client Education; Referral; Reports and Record Keeping; Consultation.
- If you have an Associate’s degree in a board approved Human Services discipline from an accredited institution of higher learning you may reduce your supervised hours required by 1,000.
- If you have a Bachelor’s degree in a board approved Human Services discipline from an accredited institution of higher learning you may reduce your supervised hours required by 2,000.
- If you have a Master’s degree in a board approved Human Services discipline from an accredited institution of higher learning you may reduce your supervised hours required by 4,000.
- You may also be able to substitute some of your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree for the training elements required.
- You must pass a New York board administered CASAC exam which is available in online form only.
- You can find the application materials for the CASAC title here.