Addiction Studies Certificate Program

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The Addiction Studies Certificate Program, offered by John Jay College, is designed to enable current and prospective counselors, personnel directors, program administrators, criminal justice professionals, health care professionals, and students to complete the educational requirement for the Credential in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (CASAC). Each three-credit course counts for 45 contact hours, which may be applied to the total 350 contact hours required by New York State. The courses may also assist already credentialed counselors in obtaining required re-credentialing hours.

For each addiction studies course you receive both academic credit and specialized training, which counts for educational requirements of the CASAC. Upon completion of the education requirements at John Jay College, you are eligible for a CASAC Trainee certificate issued by New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASA).

The following link provides information about how the Addiction Studies courses fulfill the CASAC classroom requirements (Click Here)

Be advised that John Jay College does not provide Addiction Studies Certificate Graduates with the CASAC. The CASAC can only be granted by the NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Please read the full CASAC requirements on their website at

John Jay College only provides the classroom education requirement that students must take to obtain the CASAC.

Credits Required. 24

Students must complete the eight courses (24 credits) listed to fulfill the education requirements for the CASAC:

Subtotal: 24 credits
Anthropology 110/Psychology 110/Sociology 110 Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse in American Society
Sociology 161 Chemical Dependency and the Dysfunctional Family
Psychology 255 Group Dynamics in Chemical Dependency Counseling
Psychology 266 The Psychology of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Psychology 268 Therapeutic Interventions in Chemical Dependency
Psychology 331/Counseling 331 Assessment and Clinical Evaluation in Chemical Dependency Counseling
Psychology 350/Counseling 350 Advanced Topics in Chemical Dependency Counseling
Psychology 480 Ethical and Professional Issues in Chemical Dependency Counseling

*As required by OASAS, beginning August 1st, 2013 all students are required to complete an online Mandated Reporter course before receiving their Certificate of Completion for the CASAC 350-Hour training. Students must submit their certificate from the online course to the Addiction Studies Coordinator, along with all transcripts from the 24 credit hours listed above, to satisfy completion of this program. The online course takes two hours and can be completed at any time of day or night, with a thirty day window to complete it once the module has been opened. To access the course go to the Mandated Reporter website below and click the "Training Courses" tab at the top of the page. Then select the first test on the page (Self-Directed Online Training) to register and begin.

Please note that ALL students requesting their Certificate of Completion after August 1st, 2013 will be required to complete the above requirements. If you have additional questions please contact the Addiction Studies Coordinator.

Optional Internship

Students can complete an optional six credits of formal internship experience through a formal field placement by taking the courses PSY378/379. As per the OASAS website (, "a formal internship or formal field placement may be claimed as work experience OR education and training, but not both." We suggest counting a formal internship as work experience because students will have fulfilled their education and training requirements by completing the 24 required credits listed above.

For additional information on the Addiction Studies Certificate Program, please contact the Department of Psychology (212.237.8533,