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Information about Fall 2020 at JCC

Addictions Counseling (A.S.)

Become an addictions counselor

Be a part of the solution. With a degree from Jamestown Community College in addictions counseling and CASAC-TR credentialing, you can become an addictions counselor and work with individuals who suffer with drug addiction and substance abuse. You will be your clients’ ongoing support system, helping them understand their personal battle with addiction and develop steps toward recovery.

Drug addiction and substance abuse impact all of our communities, driving poverty, domestic violence, child maltreatment, and other harmful issues with minimal support for victims. A critical shortage of qualified professionals means that individuals have limited means to get the care and support they need to turn their lives around.

The A.S. degree prepares you for transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, human services, or addictions counseling. You will also earn your educational hours to gain state certification as an addictions counselor. During your time at JCC, you’ll complete fieldwork experience with agencies qualified by the NYS Office of Mental Health. You’ll learn about the profession and develop your strengths through real-world experience while positively impacting lives.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s occupational projections forecast that the employment base in New York state will increase 15.8% from 2012-22 in the substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors occupations.

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Addiction Facts

91 people in the US die every day from an opioid overdose. (Source: New York Times)

Job Opportunities

  • Addictions counselor
  • Inpatient and outpatient treatment
  • Harm reduction programs
  • Mental health agencies and clinics

Internships & Fieldwork

135-hour fieldwork experience in regional agencies qualified by NYS Office of Mental Health

Related Majors

More about CASAC certification

Your degree in addictions counseling will satisfy New York’s 350-hour educational requirement for the CASAC-TR status required through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). CASAC certification is vital for professionals who work with people experiencing problems with addiction and substance abuse.

With your JCC degree and CASAC certification, you can work in a variety of treatment centers, agencies, clinics, and hospitals that provide addiction support. Depending on your specialization and additional education, you can make a difference in inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, mental health case management, harm reduction programs, drug maintenance programs, and others.

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Courses

Semester 1

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

HUS 1210: Introduction to Human Services

3 Values and Ethics

HUS 1310: Studies in Alcohol Chemical Dependency

3

PSY 1510: General Psychology

3 Social Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

MAT 1500: Problem Solving with Mathematics (or higher)

3 Math Mathematical Reasoning

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3 Humanities College Composition

INT 1555: Inquire

2 Critical and Integrative Reasoning
  • Discuss transfer options and career tracks with your advisor in order to maximize transferrable credits.
  • Research articulation agreements.
  • Check with the financial aid office about credit load, aid eligibility, and Excelsior scholarship.

Semester 2

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

HUS 2430: Alcohol/Chemical Dependency Treatment Methods

3

PSY 2540: Interpersonal Group Dynamics

3 Social Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

HUS 1410: Generalist Practice Skills

3

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3 Basic Communication Oral Communication

HUS 2230: Interviewing and Counseling

3
  • Check with the financial aid office about credit load, aid eligibility, and Excelsior scholarship. 
  • Schedule transfer visits and begin making decisions.

Semester 3

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

BIO 1510: Health Science

3 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior

3 Social Sciences Cultural Understanding

HUS 1280: Family Systems

3

Electives*

Choose a course from any SUNY Gen Ed category: Preference for a Foreign Language, History, or Other World Civilizations course

3 American History Western Civilization Other World Civilizations Arts Foreign Languages Global Perspectives

Electives

Choose a course from the Human Services area not already taken

2
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice.
  • Prior to advisement, apply for field placement and schedule a field orientation session.
  • Begin applying to transfer institutions.

Semester 4

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

HUS 2215: Field Placement I: Addictions

5 Applied Learning

HUS 2400: Ethics/Issues in Addiction Services

3

Electives*

Choose a course from any SUNY Gen Ed category: Preference for a Foreign Language, History, or Other World Civilizations course

6 American History Western Civilization Other World Civilizations Arts Foreign Languages
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice.
  • Work with the Counseling and Career Center for assistance with portfolio, resume, and cover letter or job search.
  • Download application information for the CASAC-TR license from the OASAS website.
  • After advisement, apply for graduation.