Mental Health Assistant - Substance Abuse
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Program Description

The Mental Health Assistant-Substance Abuse Counseling Program is designed to prepare students for careers as substance abuse counselors as well as provide ongoing training for individuals already employed in the field. This course of study can be pursued on a part-time evening or full-time day and evening sequence.

While in this program, the student will learn individual, group and family counseling techniques. Students pursuing the degree are required to complete two semesters of clinical internship supervised by certified addiction counselors or other qualified health professionals at various public and private facilities. This program will provide the student with techniques and strategies for determining the best available treatment options for the drug abuser and others affected by this disease and the dysfunctional behaviors correlated with it.

The Mental Health-Substance Abuse Counseling Program partially fulfills educational requirements for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Credential in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC). Completion of the two internship courses as part of the curriculum would be partial fulfillment toward the one year allowance for non-paid experience toward credentialing. Additionally, completion of the degree provides 1,000 hours of experience towards the CASAC Credentialing Examination requirement.

Graduates of the program are qualified for entry-level positions such as substance abuse counselors in detoxification, halfway house, residential and outpatient care facilities.

Graduates of the program will have been introduced to total quality management and continuous quality improvement concepts, principles and practices as they are applied to addictions treatment, inpatient and outpatient care and case management protocols.

Degree: Associate in Science
Hegis: 5216
Curriculum Code: 0623
Campus Location: City - Evening Program
Health Sciences Division

Available at:
City - Evening Program

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
HS or HSE Diploma

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Centers
Mental Health and Human Services Agencie


Did You Know?

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