Become certified in addictions counseling
At Jamestown Community College, you can make a difference in the lives of those suffering from addiction and substance abuse by obtaining a certificate in addictions counseling and pursuing CASAC-TR credentialing.
This certificate is designed for students who are pursuing or already hold a college degree in human services, social work, or a related field and are seeking credentials in the field of alcohol, substance abuse and other addiction treatment. You will develop knowledge of the nature and history of addiction and chemical dependency, and learn skills needed for intake assessment, treatment planning, case management, and counseling.
Graduates will fulfill New York State’s educational requirements for CASAC-TR certification. JCC’s coursework meets the 350 educational hours required through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). You can take just the courses that you need; contact OASAS and submit your transcripts to request a deficiency of hours list.
2019 median pay for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors: $46,240/year according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Where to study at JCC
JCC’s Addictions Counseling certificate enhances your professional skill set. You can also pursue CASAC-TR certification.
- Addictions counselor/clinician
- Prevention educator/specialist
- Addictions treatment court coordinator
- Forensic substance services
135-hour supervised field experience in agencies qualified by NYS Office of Mental Health
Addictions counseling skills
After you complete the program, you will be able to:
- Learn about substance abuse, including the physical and pharmacological effects of substances, diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders, diverse intervention and treatment approaches, health, wellness and communicable diseases, and the use of toxicology testing and screening devices.
- Develop counseling skills pertaining to addictions, including individual, group and family approaches, while developing cultural competence and knowledge of special populations.
- Demonstrate understanding of theories of human development and their relationship to substance abuse, and the impact of substance use on families and community.
- Demonstrate skills in assessment, clinical evaluation, record keeping, treatment planning, case management, and patient, family, and community education.
- Develop competence in maintaining professional and ethical responsibilities, including counselor-client relationships, ethical decision making and conduct, confidentiality and legal issues, and counselor wellness.
BIO 1510: Health Science
HUS 1280: Introduction to Family Systems
HUS 1310: Studies in Alcohol Chemical Dependency
HUS 1410: Generalist Practice Skills
HUS 2230: Interview and Counseling
PSY 1510: General Psychology
- Prior to advisement, apply for field placement and schedule a field orientation session.
HUS 2215: Field Placement I: Addictions
HUS 2400: Ethics/Issues in Addiction Services
HUS 2430: Alcohol/Chemical Dependency Treatments
PSY 2540: Interpersonal Group Dynamics
PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior
- Download application information for the CASAC-TR license from the OASAS website.
- After advisement, apply for graduation.