The CASAC (Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor) minor in alcohol and substance abuse counseling is a great way to enhance a degree for students interested in working in the Human Service field. Substance abuse counseling education offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge about substance abuse, addiction, and treatment.  The Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) is an important professional in the addiction field. A minor in addiction can be a great complement if students are planning to study social work, criminal justice, or psychology.  With the CASAC minor, students will be qualified to begin paid work experience required by New York State for full credentialing as a CASAC. 

Certification and Credentials

Satisfactory completion of the program will provide you with the opportunity to receive your CASAC-T certificate from the NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). For more information: NYS OASAS

The CASAC minor is offered to current BS Human Services degree majors and requires the successful completion of 30 credits (12 credits required in the BS degree program plus an additional 18 credits to complete the minor). The courses required to complete the additional 18 credits are as follows:

HS-111The Science of Addiction: Drug Use and Abuse3
HS-122Overview of Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency3
HS-123Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Planning3
HS-224Addiction Counseling - the Individual3
HS-225Addiction Counseling - the Family and Groups3
LA-305Introduction to Case Management3
Total Credits18

These courses are offered only for the CASAC minor or certification; these courses are not offered as electives for the Human Services degree program.