Your path is waiting for you…
Are you passionate about working with people who are struggling with substance use and addictions?
Do you want to build your knowledge, skills and readiness to enter the addictions workforce?
Are you ready to improve lives and make the world a better place?
If so, join us. Your path begins here. At Stony Brook University we believe we are Stronger Together.
The Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare is delighted to offer a state-of-the-art NewYork State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) approved 350-hour Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) training program to eligible applicants. With funding provided by OASAS, eligible applicants who are admitted to the program will participate at no cost, with the full fee for the CASAC training provided through an OASAS scholarship. Please read on for all that you need to know to get started on your path!
What is the CASAC Training Program?
The 350-hour Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) program leads to a certification by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) for direct care providers in the field of alcoholism and substance abuse. To ensure that counselors are competent and ethical in their work, and skilled in addressing the current epidemic of the opioid crisis and substance dependence, OASAS issues a professional credential, CASAC, to individuals who participate in a certified CASAC training program, and pass an examination. For more detailed information about the curriculum and course content, please follow this link
Details on the OASAS CASAC requirements can be found here.
Why Choose Stony Brook's CASAC Program in Particular?
Stony Brook University, a flagship of the State University of New York, is ranked the #1 public university in the state and is the 35th best public university in the country.
The School of Social Welfare (SSW) at Stony Brook University has been a leader in social work education for nearly 50 years, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The SSW is deeply committed through our degree programs and our specialized continuing education and certificate programs to ensuring a well prepared, dedicated workforce to meet the needs of people, organizations, and communities in the region, state, and nation. Benefits of our School of Social Welfare CASAC-350 training program include:
- Highly skilled and experienced instructors with expertise in the field of substance use disorders
- All training is delivered 100% online for enhanced accessibility
- Topic-specific modules/sections
- Weekly instructor-led virtual classroom sessions
- Small class sizes
- Certification Exam preparation
- Professional level certification* upon successfully passing the certification exam
- Affordable excellence
- For those eligible applicants who are accepted, OASAS will provide full scholarships to complete the CASAC 350-hour Program. For others interested in participating, please follow this link for more information
When Will the Program Start?
The CASAC 350-hour training program began in September 2023. The estimated duration of the full CASAC-350 program is 12 months. The School of Social Welfare will offer training to multiple cohorts, with multiple start dates (please see the application materials for more details).
Who Should Apply?
- Those who meet the eligibility criteria for the CASAC-350 program only
- The CASAC Training program is for those who want to develop their skills and increase their command of the dynamic and highly in-demand field of addiction counseling.
- The CASAC-350 is for New York State residents who are at least 18 years of age, with a minimum of a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) from an accredited institution, and who are employees of one of the following:
- OASAS-certified, funded, or otherwise authorized programs
- Office of Mental Health (OMH)- and/or Department of Health (DOH)-certified Integrated Outpatient Services (IOS-SUD); and DOH Drug User Health and/or Harm Reduction programs.
- Individuals who work in the addictions field (prevention, treatment, recovery, and/or harm reduction) or in an eligible non-OASAS setting such as OMH and DOH programs not listed above
- Individuals or students interested in working in eligible OASAS, OMH, or DOH settings.
Ready To Apply?
Please be sure to have the required and optional documentation prior to starting an application. This will ensure completeness of your application submission. Only complete applications will be reviewed and considered for admission. Please Note: OASAS, OMH, or DOH applicants will be prioritized to receive OASAS funded scholarships.
In order to apply:
- Complete the OASAS Addiction Professionals Scholarship Application Form
- Submit a copy of High School Diploma, GED, College Transcripts or College Diplomas (Note: unofficial transcripts will be accepted)
- Have three (3) References submitted using this Reference Form
- For those applicants currently working in OASAS, OMH and DOH certified programs, submit the Employment Verification Form
After priority admissions, the following people will also be eligible:
- People working within the addictions field (prevention, treatment, recovery, and/or harm reduction) in an eligible non-OASAS setting such as OMH and DOH programs not listed above and
- People interested in working in eligible OASAS, OMH, or DOH settings
If you do not meet the criteria for the CASAC-350 and are interested in the CASAC-85 or CASAC-T, we will continually update this website as additional seats are available for non-scholarship recipients, so please check back regularly! We look forward to providing additional training options in the future.
CASAC Field Placement/internship Learning Agreement
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