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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.

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CSAC Requirements

  • 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.