Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC) Certificate Program


The CASAC Addiction Counseling Program is a 30 credit certificate program. This counseling program prepares students to gain knowledge about substance abuse, addiction, and treatment.  It is specifically designed for students who are interested in the field of substance abuse. The program can be take as a Bachelor level minor for the majors of Human Services and Criminal Justice or as a certificate program for non-matriculated students looking to obtain certification.
 
  • Cost - $4,800  or  $480 per course 
  • Schedule - Courses are offered on-site and virtually. However, due to the current environment, many courses are now being offered fully virtually. 
  • Prerequisites or Degree Requirements: High School Diploma or GED
  • Opportunities: Our Certificate program prepares students to work with people who have addictions to alcohol and other drugs. Counselors work in the fields of substance abuse treatment (detoxification, rehabilitation, and long-term residential modalities), medical health, mental health, school prevention, correctional services, homeless shelters, and in private practice.
  • This program is a year-long (Winter, Spring, and Fall semesters)
  • Start Date: April 30th, 2021

Fee

$0.00

 

 

This course examines the historical, social and political forces that have led to the development of governmental and non-profit human services systems in contemporary America. Students will explore the organization and operation of the primary social supports for meeting human service needs.  In addition, the various models for the delivery of those services, theoretical perspectives, target populations, and the characteristics and skills of a human service professional are explored.  Ethical considerations and diversity issues are also addressed.
Prerequisites: None

Fee

$480.00
 

 

This course examines the science of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use and abuse. Students will learn how the brain and other body parts react to ATOD ingestion and ATOD pharmacology. The interaction of ATOD use and abuse, and the correlation to mental illness will be explored. Students will learn the etiology of addiction and genetic factors that contribute to addiction. The risk and protection factors that characterize individuals and groups and their living environments will be examined.  In addition, students will explore the contributory factors in the continuum of drug use.
Prerequisites: None

Fee

$480.00
 

 

This course is an introduction to contemporary counseling theories, techniques and their applications. The course examines numerous behavioral models, and both traditional and non-traditional perspectives. Emphasis is placed on conditions for an effective counseling relationship, attending and interviewing skills, basic theoretical assumptions, ethical principles, and professional orientation, including the attributes necessary for the practice of counseling.Prerequisites: None

Fee

$480.00
 

 

This course provides students with a core foundation in understanding the protocols involved in substance abuse treatment.  Specifically, this course will provide students with an overview of specific therapy models and medication-supported recovery. Students will also develop a strong working knowledge of the wide-ranging effects of substance abuse on the mind and body.  In addition, students will gain an overview of toxicology screenings and medical issues associated with drug abuse.  The relevant and contemporary theories of addiction counseling and their application will be explored. Prerequisites: HS-111

Fee

$480.00
 

 

This course examines the assessment procedures and general principles of appraisal techniques for both individuals and groups. It is designed to provide a foundation for using assessment procedures in addiction counseling. Students will examine how three interrelated components of screening, assessment, and treatment planning inform and guide the provision of appropriate client-centered services.  Students will explore the general principles of case conceptualization, reliability and validity.  They will also examine the basic concepts supporting various assessment techniques and ethical and legal issues.  Students will learn about client assessment, treatment planning, case management for persons with co-occurring disorders and diverse backgrounds, clinical record keeping, and discharge planning.Prerequisites: HS-111

Fee

$480.00
 

 

This course prepares students for the challenging ethical dilemmas that often confront human services professionals. It will provide students with a general understanding of the basic principles of ethics and ethical decision-making in the context of client management.  Students will research and examine current ethical and legal issues facing human services professionals in a wide variety of settings.  The principles of bioethics will be explored, especially as they relate to topics such as abortion, the right to life, and right to die.
Prerequisites: HS-101

Fee

$480.00
 

 

This course will provide students with an overview of addiction counseling for the individual, including vocational counseling and relapse prevention counseling.  Theories of addiction counseling and the application of these theories will be examined throughout this course.  Students will develop a conceptual knowledge of counseling the substance abuser.  They will also review the practical skills necessary for the clinical management of recovery for an individual. Co-occurring disorders, such as mental illness and medical issues common to addiction will be addressed. Students will examine the theories best suited for addiction counseling, practice of clinical management of recovery of individuals, and the application of diagnostic criteria.
Prerequisites: HS-122 & HS-123

Fee

$480.00
 

 

This course will provide a comprehensive view of counseling for the family and groups. The basic theories and skills needed by alcoholism and substance abuse counselors to work effectively with individual family members, significant others and families, including addressing co-dependency, issues relating to children of chemically addicted persons will be examined. Students will learn to address relapse prevention for the family and presentation and training techniques that address how to communicate information about alcoholism and other drugs to the families, communities and patients in order to increase the understanding of addiction.  Various group formats will also be addressed including their structure, leadership and practices for best techniques and outcomes.

Fee

$480.00
 

 

This course focuses on how to effectively provide cross-cultural services to members of the community.  Students will develop and appreciate an awareness of personal biases and prejudices that may hamper communication, compliance, and outcomes with clientele. Students will explore some of the critical issues when working with culturally diverse populations.   They will also be trained to develop a higher level of cultural competency. Biases in the delivery of services are also examined. Prerequisites: HS-201

Fee

$480.00
 

 

This course covers the core functions of case management through discussion and exploration of fundamental concepts, components, principles and models of case management in various settings. Students learn the best practices associated with effective management of the client from intake through termination. Treatment planning, documentation, and recording are covered with specific case studies incorporated to help students develop case management skills.
Prerequisites: LA-245

Fee

$480.00