Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S.
SUNY Schenectady offers two Chemical Dependency Counseling programs, the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) and the Certificate, which lead to New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) trainee status.
These programs would appeal to professionals from all disciplines who want 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 assistance professionals, managers, and administrators;
- social workers;
- 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.
The Chemical Dependency Counseling, A.A.S. degree program’s mission is to prepare its graduates for immediate employment in residential, in-patient and other rehabilitation centers. The specialized addiction curriculum is enhanced by social science courses and coordinated with field experiences to provide students with models of ethical conduct, helping skills and the foundation for a professional career.
The program prepares graduates to:
Goal I: Demonstrate supportive and facilitative communication skills.
- Apply the principles of effective leadership by demonstrating appropriate counseling strategies and skills
- Communicate effectively within professional and academic environments both orally and in writing using the appropriate English conventions
Goal II: Demonstrate a professional identity, commitment to ethical practice.
- Apply the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Cannon of Ethical Principles
- Identify and explain the role and basic tools and processes a CASAC utilizes to properly diagnosis and treat individuals and families affected by addiction
- Complete two field placements of 150 hours each working with a CASAC
Goal III: Demonstrate a core set of skills and theoretical background essential for employment in the field.
- Complete coursework in the four categories of education and training ( 350 clock hours) required by OASAS
- Identify different theoretical perspectives as they apply to the substance abuse field
- Research discipline specific topics and issues using a variety of print and electronic resources
- Apply essential strategies of client engagement and the assessment, evaluation and treatment planning process
Goal IV: Recognize diversity and the role cultural competence plays in the proper delivery of the continuum of substance abuse treatment.
- Identify the multi-cultural identities in the lives of people in their community and beyond
- Identify the traditions, values and family systems of various populations
- Apply appropriate strategies in working with diverse populations
SUNY Schenectady County Community College has been approved as a New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider. According to NYS OASAS, students who have a criminal history are not automatically prevented from receiving their CASAC, but will be required to provide information relative to their conviction to be considered as part of the review of the CASAC Application.
Internship/Field Placement Sites
The Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S. program has established training partnerships with substance abuse providers within the community such as:
- St. Mary’s Hospital Addiction Services (Outpatient/Inpatient), Amsterdam NY
- New Choices Recovery Center, Schenectady NY
- Conifer Park, Glenville/Schenectady NY
- Transitional Services Association, Inc. (Saratoga Springs, NY)
- Hope House Inc. (Albany, NY)
- Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment, Schenectady NY
- Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, Albany NY
Note - Secondary Program Exclusion
Section 8.6 of the Academic Code provides that students may earn an additional degree or certificate provided that the secondary program includes at least 15 credit hours of requirements not in common with the primary program. Students who are enrolled in both the Human Services A.A.S. and the Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S. programs will need to work carefully with their advisors when choosing electives to meet this secondary program exclusion.