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  • MS in Counseling CASAC 350 Hour Certificate

    Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)
    Mercy's program satisfies the educational requirements for New York State certification.
    Program:
    Certificate
    School:
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry & Bronx
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MS in Counseling CASAC 350 Hour Certificate Curriculum

The CASAC Program satisfies the 350 Educational Clock Hours under the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS) “which address the full range of knowledge, skills and professional techniques related to chemical dependence counseling.” Specifically:

  • CNSL 630 Counseling and Ethics
  • CNSL 640 Human Development I
  • CNSL 650 Counseling and Application I
  • CNSL 673 Research Methodology
  • CNSL 648 Diagnosis and Treatment
  • CNSL 651 Mlticltrl Prspctives in Cnslng
  • CNSL 655 Counseling and Application II
  • CNSL 660 Practicum in Group Work
  • CNSL 665 Career Devlpmnt and Cnslng
  • CNSL 667 Diagnostic Tools: Measurement
  • CNSL 684 Intrnshp I: School Setting
  • CNSL 678 Aspcts Alchlsm & Sbstnc Abuse
  • CNSL 501 Causes/Treatment of Drug Prblm
  • CNSL 502 Sbstnc Abuse: Prvntn&Intrvntn
  • CNSL 674 Thry & Prncpl of Sbstnc Cnslng

Each course represents 45.0 CASAC Clock Hours with the exception of Internship which must be taken as a 6 credit course and represents 90.0 CASAC Clock Hours.

    Knowledge Clock Hours Counseling Clock Hours Assessment Clock Hours Ethics Clock Hours
1. CNSL 630 Counseling Ethics   9 Clock Hours   36 Clock Hours
2. CNSL 640 Human Development I 25 Clock Hours 20 Clock Hours 6 Clock Hours 2 Clock Hours
3. CNSL 650 Counseling Applications I 12 Clock Hours 25 Clock Hours 6 Clock Hours  2 Clock Hours
4. CNSL 673 Research Methodology 45 Clock Hours      
5.  CNSL 648 Mental Health Counseling Diagnosis and Treatment* 6 Clock Hours 9 Clock Hours 30 Clock Hours  
6. CNSL 651 Multicultural Perspectives in Counseling 10 Clock Hours 33 Clock Hours   2 Clock Hours
7.  CNSL 655 Counseling and Applications II 20 Clock Hours 10 Clock Hours 10 Clock Hours 5 Clock Hours
8. CNSL 660 Practicum in Group Work 6 Clock Hours 30 Clock Hours   9 Clock Hours
9. CNSL 665 Career Development and Counseling 5 Clock Hours 35 Clock Hours   5 Clock Hours
10. CNSL 667 Diagnostic Tools for Measurement 30 Clock Hours 3 Clock Hours 12 Clock Hours  
11. CNSL 684 Supervised Internship   60 Clock Hours   30 Clock Hours
12. CNSL 685 Supervised Internship School Setting   45 Clock Hours 30 Clock Hours 15 Clock Hours
13. CNSL 678 Psychological, Physiological & Pharmacological Aspects of Alcohol and Substance Abuse 15 Clock Hours 15 Clock Hours 7.5 Clock Hours 7.5 Clock Hours
14. CNSL 501 Causes and Treatment of Drug Abuse Problems 30 Clock Hours 9 Clock Hours 3 Clock Hours 3 Clock Hours
15. CNSL 502 Substance Abuse: Prevention and Intervention 30 Clock Hours 6 Clock Hours 6 Clock Hours 3 Clock Hours
18  CNSL 674 Theories Principles Substance Abuse Counseling 6 Clock Hours 21 Clock Hours 12 Clock Hours 6 Clock Hours

 

* As of September 2013 CNSL 648 Mental Health Counseling Diagnosis and Treatment has replaced CNSL 642 Human Development II.

Students may also meet a portion of the 350 Clock Hours by enrolling in any of the following courses which presently are not a part of the required curriculum. It is strongly recommended that your electives be taken in one of the following courses:

  • CNSL 678 Aspcts Alchlsm & Sbstnc Abuse
  • CNSL 501 Causes/Treatment of Drug Prblm
  • CNSL 502 Sbstnc Abuse: Prvntn&Intrvntn
  • CNSL 674 Thry & Prncpl of Sbstnc Cnslng
What other resources does Mercy College have?
These are just some of the services provided by Mercy College: caring and trained admission counselors; knowledgeable financial aid representatives which provide personalized assistance both in person and online; dedicated advising professionals who will work with you throughout your tenure at Mercy College; counseling services which can provide you with support services and make referrals as needed to outside agencies; comprehensive library and online access to medical and psychological databases; state of the art computer facilities at all major campuses with convenient day and evening hours; learning center resources which can assist you with all your academics needs.
Does my degree have to be in Social and Behavioral Sciences?
The following are acceptable Human Service fields: Anthropology, Art/Dance Therapy, Audiology, Child Development/Family Relations, Community Mental Health, Chemical Dependence Administration, Counseling/Guidance, Criminal Justice, Divinity/Religion/Theology, Drama Therapy, Education, Gerontology, Health Administration, Health Education, Music Therapy, Nursing/Medicine, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Pastoral Counseling, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Recreational Therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Sociology, Special Education, Speech Pathology, Vocational Counseling.
Great! So does that mean I can apply to take the exam as soon as I am finished at Mercy College?
Yes you will be able to take the exam once OASAS has reviewed and approved your application and the 350 Hour Educational Certificate issued by Mercy College. A $100.00 non refundable certified check or money order payable to OASAS is also required. They in turn will issue your CASAC-T certification. Remember that you are still required to complete 2000 hours in the field before being awarded your State Certification.
How many CASAC hours will I accumulate after completing the program at Mercy College?
You will acquire a total of 350 hours which satisfies the educational requirement for your CASAC-T certification.
So what about the teachers at Mercy? Are they competent? Do they really care about the students?
All lead faculties associated with the program have earned their Ph.D’s and Doctorates Degrees. Lead instructors are augmented by Adjunct Professors who are CASAC’s or knowledgeable in the field of addiction and recovery. They are closely supervised by the program director. All programs needs have been met by our faculty. In addition, school support services are provided for all students who are in need of said services.
Can the agency I previously worked for satisfy this requirement?
Remember, all experience is important and will be assessed as partial fulfillment of the 2000 hours of practical experience
Does the agency I do my internship in have to be an OASAS approved facility?
Naturally, approval of OASAS facilities are automatically accepted, however, there are many other facilities of internship including State run facilities and even some private practices which are also acceptable sites.
What else makes Mercy special?
Unlike many other programs, Mercy College coursework satisfies the educational requirements for the CASAC credential and has been approved by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) thereby placing you in an empowering and marketable position in a very competitive field!
What makes Mercy College unique?
Mercy’s dedication and commitment to its students is reflected in our Mission Statement. “Mercy College is committed to provide motivated students the opportunity to transform their lives through higher education by offering liberal arts and professional programs in personalized and high quality learning environments, thus preparing students to embark on rewarding careers, to continue learning through- out their lives and to act ethically and responsibly in a changing world.”
Diana D'Amico Juettner Professor, Social Sciences
James Towey Professor, Psychology
Rossi Hassad Professor, Psychology
Dorothy Cali Balancio Professor
Ori Shinar Dir., Student Counseling Ctr./Assoc. Prof., Psychology
Alberto Manzi Associate Professor, Undergraduate Psychology
Ellen Sperber Associate Professor, Psychology
Kimberly Rapoza Associate Professor, Psychology
Mary Knopp Kelly Associate Professor, Psychology
Michael Grunes Associate Professor, Psychology
Kevin Kulic Assistant Professor, Psychology

MS in Counseling CASAC 350 Hour Certificate Overview

 Mercy College CASAC-T Program is an OASAS Certified Education Training Program. The courses have been approved by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), satisfying the educational requirements for state certification. With the competitive market for counselors and mental health providers, your CASAC-T Certification paves the way for both direct patient care and supervisory positions in the area of substance abuse and addiction. The intensive program at Mercy College will specifically prepare you for the five domains for CASAC preparation including assessment, counseling, case management, client, family and community education, and professional responsibility. Mercy College students receive the professional training and ethical knowledge base which will enable them to provide alcoholism and substance abuse counseling in one of the most progressive fields.

MS in Counseling CASAC 350 Hour Certificate FAQS

Does my degree have to be in Social and Behavioral Sciences?
The following are acceptable Human Service fields: Anthropology, Art/Dance Therapy, Audiology, Child Development/Family Relations, Community Mental Health, Chemical Dependence Administration, Counseling/Guidance, Criminal Justice, Divinity/Religion/Theology, Drama Therapy, Education, Gerontology, Health Administration, Health Education, Music Therapy, Nursing/Medicine, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Pastoral Counseling, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Recreational Therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Sociology, Special Education, Speech Pathology, Vocational Counseling.
So what about the teachers at Mercy? Are they competent? Do they really care about the students?
All lead faculties associated with the program have earned their Ph.D’s and Doctorates Degrees. Lead instructors are augmented by Adjunct Professors who are CASAC’s or knowledgeable in the field of addiction and recovery. They are closely supervised by the program director. All programs needs have been met by our faculty. In addition, school support services are provided for all students who are in need of said services.
Contact

For more information, please contact:

Dennis Andrews
LMSW, CASAC

(914) 888-5346

dandrews1@mercy.edu

Accreditations

The Mercy College curriculum has been approved by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) which is the agency in this state which credentials alcoholism and substance abuse providers. The CASAC License is nationally and internationally transportable, thereby, allowing its recipients to practice anywhere in the world.

Degree Requirements

Students who are interested in fulfilling the CASAC- 350 Educational Clock hours can complete the e-Portfolio; by answering a series of questions which demonstrate one’s acquisition of knowledge and its application to working with substance abuse populations. Questions are based on all of the Curriculum Core Courses. Students are not required to answer all questions; they may choose from any series of questions totaling the 350 Clock Hours.

ePortfolio requirements will not be applicable to the four specific substance abuse classes For these classes, partial fulfillment of the OASAS-CASAC-350 Hour Standardized Curriculum is embedded in the course syllabi’s’ goals and objectives. It is strongly recommended that students, who wish to earn the CASAC-T, take CNSL 678 as one of their electives. A satisfactory grade of (B) or better will demonstrate your proficiency of theory and practice. 

The ePortfolio should also include the Child Abuse and Maltreatment: Mandated Reporter Training Certificate.

The ePortfolio is to be submitted to the Director of the Mercy College- CASAC-T Program. Following review of all required documents, the candidate will be issued a CASAC 350-Hour Certificate of Completion. FYI: The certificate along with an OASAS- CASAC application and a fee is submitted to the State and upon approval; OASAS will issue an official CASAC-T Certificate.

MS in Counseling CASAC 350 Hour Certificate Objectives

With the competitive market for counselors and mental health providers, your CASAC Certification will pave the way for both direct patient care and supervisory positions in the area of substance abuse and addiction. The intensive program at Mercy College will specifically prepare you for the five domains for CASAC preparation including:

  • assessment
  • counseling
  • case management
  • client, family and community education
  • professional responsibility

In addition, you will be prepared for the twelve core functions of the CASAC counselor including:

  • screening
  • intake
  • orientation
  • assessment
  • treatment planning
  • counseling
  • case management
  • crisis
  • client education intervention
  • referral
  • report and record keeping
  • consultation