Chemical Dependency Counseling

SCCC offers two Chemical Dependency Counseling programs, the Certificate and the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), that lead to New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Trainee status.

SCCC invites professionals from all disciplines who are concerned about alcohol and substance abuse to strengthen their existing knowledge, and acquire skills that they can apply in their work setting. Programs and core courses may be of interest to:

  • substance abuse counselors;
  • mental health professionals, educators, and substance abuse prevention specialists;
  • employee assistant professionals, managers and administrators,
  • social workers;
  • psychologists;
  • clergy;
  • probation officers and other law enforcement professionals; and
  • nurses and health care professionals.

Core courses in both programs provide OASAS training hour equivalency and may be applied towards CASAC training.

Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S.

The Chemical Dependency counseling A.A.S. degree program prepares its graduates for immediate employment in residential, in-patient and other rehabilitation centers. The 63 credit, specialized addiction curriculum is enhanced by social science courses and coordinated with two field internships to provide students with models of ethical conduct, helping skills and the foundation for a professional career.

Graduates of the program are CASAC Training eligible and have completed all of the OASAS education requirements for CASAC.

Core courses are offered during the day, evenings, weekends and on-line.


Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate

The Certificate program provides students with an array of 31 hours of specialized curriculum that develops the skills and knowledge base required for addiction counseling. This program is a direct response to the needs of professionals who already have associate, bachelor, and/or master degrees, or those who are seeking a fast-track to achieving CASAC training status through OASAS.

Targeting a professional audience, the CDC Certificate program offers courses during the day, evenings, Saturdays and on-line. Students can attend the program on a full-time or part-time basis.

Those with associate, bachelor and master degrees or other college credits are allowed to transfer up to 16 credit hours to meet program requirements.

Problem Gambling Counseling Certificate

In addition to the A.A.S. and certificate programs, SCCC also offers a Problem Gambling Certificate. This 4-credit course meets the 60 hour educational requirements for the New York State OASAS Problem Gambling certificate. The curriculum focuses on the assessment and treatment of problem gambling. It provides a broad overview of the field of problem gambling which includes theories of causation, gambling trends, and theoretical treatment and prevention models, modalities, approaches and techniques. The course further explores the impact of problem gambling on the health and well-being of both individuals and communities including strategies that emphasize the collaborative community mental health model. Prerequisite: HUS 150 or current CASAC-T or CASAC documentation.


For more information, please contact
Michael S. Washco MS, LMHC, NCC
Assistant Professor
Psychology Coordinator

Eric Carlson MS, CAS, CASAC, LMHC



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