New York Theological Seminary CASAC Program

 

New York Theological Seminary is offering a new non-degree certificate program in Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency (including Alcohol and Nicotine Dependence) Counseling.

NYTS Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Program (CASAC) focuses on the psychopharmacological and physiological aspects of drugs, signs, symptoms, and stages of alcoholism, individual and group counseling skills, the ethics of confidentiality, family treatment, and multicultural issues including cultural competence.

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About the Program

The CASAC program is specifically designed to address the needs of those who wish to prepare for a career in Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), a Qualified Health Professional (QHP) in substance abuse/chemical dependency counseling or those who wish to enhance their skills as pastoral care counselors, pastors, ministers, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, rehabilitation counselors, mental health counselors, substance abuse counselors, marriage and family therapists, and school counselors.

Applicants may be considered for a CASAC Trainee certificate upon satisfying a minimum of:

  • 350 clock hours of the required education and training; OR
  • 4,000 hours of appropriate work experience and the 85 clock hours in Section 1 of the education and training related to knowledge of alcoholism and substance abuse.

When you have satisfactorily completed all eight courses, you are identified by addiction treatment programs as “CASAC-Trainee/Qualified Health Professional (QHP),” and are qualified for entry-level jobs in the addiction treatment field. To receive your final, non-trainee “CASAC” Credential, you must also work a certain number of hours [approximately two years of full-time supervised experience in a State-approved treatment program, and then pass a NY State examination.

This credential is recognized in 39 U.S. states and Washington D.C.; 8 countries including the U.K., Canada, Puerto Rico, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Sweden, and Bermuda; the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Administrative Office of the Courts, and the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.

Neither the CASAC-Trainee credential nor the full CASAC credential legally allows you to practice counseling or therapy privately or independently – because only fully licensed and registered psychologists, social workers, and medical personnel can legally have a private practice. However, the full and trainee credential will legally allow you to work under the supervision of a licensed, trained professional in an OASAS-registered addiction treatment program or facility. Additionally, students who go on to earn a graduate degree in psychology or social work and become fully licensed and registered.  Professionals can legally practice addiction counseling independently as part of their professional practice. However, whether or not a student goes on for a graduate degree, this credential increases their employment opportunities by certifying particular expertise in addiction counseling and treatment.

Requirements for Full CASAC Credential

In order to become a fully certified Credentialed Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) you must: (1) meet minimum education and training requirements [i.e., the 8 NYTS courses listed below]; (2) meet specific work requirements [see below]; (3) pass the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Inc. (ICRC/AODA) written examination for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors; and (5) meet specific competency and ethical conduct requirements. All of these requirements are overseen and/or coordinated by OASAS.

Work Experience Requirements for Full CASAC Credential
To apply for the full (non-Trainee) credential, applicants must document a minimum of 6000 hours of supervised, full-time equivalent work experience in an approved work setting as a provider of direct patient services. [See page 6 of the CASAC Application Packet for different types of work settings.] A Bachelor’s Degree may be substituted for an additional 2000 hours. A minimum of 2000 hours must be paid (approximately one year) and obtained within 10 years before submission of the Application for full credentialing.

To earn the New York Theological Seminary Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate, students must (1) complete all 8 required courses with a grade of “C” or better; (2) attend at least 80 percent of classroom instruction for each course; and (3) maintain an overall grade average of “B.” A certificate of completion is awarded after satisfactory completion of each course. This training is provided under New York State OASAS Provider # —

Those who have earned a degree might be able to substitute some of their college course work for some of the required documented 350 clock hours of course work. This is solely determined by NYS-OASAS. Our CASAC Program Director will provide assistance in identifying possible transferable course work as well as career information.

The New York Theological Seminary CASAC program is currently offered on a continuous basis and may be completed in 8 months. Classes are small and are taught by highly skilled and trained Instructors.

Summer application deadline: the first week in April; Fall application deadline: the first week in August. Spring application deadline: the first week in January. An interview may be required.

For further information, contact:

Gary Bynum, Director of New York Theological Seminary CASAC Program: (347) 387-1161casac-button-btt

 

 


Course Schedule

 

­­NYTS CASAC Spring Semester Schedule (14 Weeks)
Courses Day and Time Trainers
CASAC 001 – Basic Knowledge of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse I Mondays
6:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
Lillian Holt
holtlillian@yahoo.com
CASAC 006 – Assessment and Evaluation
Counseling Families and Significant Others
Thursdays
6:00 p.m.to 9:20 p.m.
Lillian Holt
holtlillian@yahoo.com
CASAC 003 – Individual Counseling Tuesdays
6:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
Ann Verbraak
anna.verbraak@gmail.com
CASAC 005 – Counseling Special Populations and Cultural Competency
Health, Wellness, and Communicable Diseases
Wednesdays
6:00p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
Cheryl Marius
cheryl.marius@gmail.com
­­NYTS CASAC Summer Semester Schedule (7 Weeks)
Courses Day and Time Trainers
CASAC 002 – Basic Knowledge of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse II Mondays through Wednesdays
6:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
Lillian Holt
holtlillian@yahoo.com
CASAC 007 – Treatment Planning, Client Record Keeping, Discharge Planning
Case Management, Referral Services Coordination
Patient, Family, and Community and Prevention
Tuesdays through Thursdays
6:00 p.m.to 9:20 p.m.
Lillian Holt
holtlillian@yahoo.com
CASAC 004 – Group Counseling, Human Development Tuesdays through Thursdays
6:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
Ann Verbraak
anna.verbraak@gmail.com
CASAC 008 – Professional and Ethical Responsibilities Mondays through Wednesdays
6:00p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
Ann Verbraak
anna.verbraak@gmail.com

 

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Course Descriptions

CASAC courses are considered continuing education units and NYTS issues a certificate upon completion. Classes are held in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. All classes are 45 hours each. To obtain the OASAS certification, you may be required to complete all eight courses: Classes may be taken in any order.

 

CASAC 001 – Basic Knowledge of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse I

Basic Knowledge of Physical and Pharmacological Effects (30 hrs.)

The purpose of this course work is to provide students with knowledge of tobacco use & nicotine dependence;  Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (AOD) use and abuse; how the brain and other body parts react to AOD ingestion; AOD pharmacology and interaction of AOD with other medications; the nature of addiction; the natural history of alcoholism and other drug dependence; genetic components; the Disease (Medical) Model of addiction; the recovery process from AOD dependence; the Bio-Psycho-Social Model of addiction; and particular substances of abuse (e.g., alcohol, amphetamine and related substances, caffeine, cannabis, cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, nicotine, opioids, phencyclidine and related substances, sedatives, hypnotics, anxiolytics, etc.)

Diversity of Intervention and Treatment Approaches (12 hrs.)

The purpose of this course work is to provide students with knowledge of Specific therapy models; Medication supported recovery (medication assisted treatment) including but not limited to methadone; buprenorphine; alcohol dependence medications and psychiatric medications; Non-traditional treatment methods; The theory and practice of recognized (i.e., having some basis in literature, research, common or licensed/regulation practice) intervention and treatment approaches; and OASAS licensed and/or funded modalities and therapy models that address ATOD-related problems and diagnoses.

Toxicology Testing/Screening (3 hrs.)
In addition, the purpose of this course work is to provide students with knowledge of Basic concepts of toxicology screening options, limitations and legal implications as well as reporting language and the meaning of toxicology reports.

PowerPoint Presentations, Research Articles and  Case Studies will be used to teach training related to Basic Knowledge of Physical and Pharmacological Effects; Diversity of Intervention and Treatment Approaches; Toxicology Testing/Screening; and Tobacco Use & Nicotine Dependence (4 hrs.)

 

CASAC 002 – Basic Knowledge of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse II

Overview of the Addiction Field (33 hrs.)

The purpose of this course work is to provide students with knowledge of the history of alcohol and drugs; Terms and concepts related to theory, research and practice and faith based treatment approaches; Basic concepts of social, political, economic and cultural systems and their impact on drug-taking activity; Risk and protection factors that characterize individuals and groups and their living environments; The continuum of addiction services, prevention, treatment, recovery and relevant levels of intervention and care; and The continuum of drug use to include initiation; intoxication; harmful use; abuse; dependence; withdrawal; relapse and recovery.

Introduction to Diagnostic Criteria (6 hrs.)

The purpose of this course work is to provide students with knowledge of various assessment instruments and diagnostic tools for alcoholism and substance abuse treatment, including but not limited to the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), International Classification of Diseases (ICD) standards and the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), as well as level of care determination tools such as the OASAS LOCADTR and A.S.A.M. Patient Placement Criteria.

Knowledge of 12 Step and Mutual Aid Groups (6 hrs.)

In addition, the purpose of this course work is to provide students with knowledge of the history, theory/philosophy, principles and practices of the 12 Steps and other types of mutual aid groups.

PowerPoint Presentations, Research Articles and Case Studies will be used to teach an Overview of the Addiction Field; the Introduction to Diagnostic Criteria; and Knowledge of 12 Step and Mutual Aid Groups.

 

CASAC 003 – Individual Counseling

The purpose of this course work is to provide students with the essential knowledge of alcoholism and substance abuse counseling with individuals, including the theory and practice of clinical management of the recovery of individuals and the application of diagnostic criteria; Counselor communication skills; the skills and techniques that focus on the barriers to recovery including vocational habilitation and other multiple rehabilitation needs; the tools to deal with the biological, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of recovery and how to integrate these to prevent the onset of active Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) use, relapse prevention planning, and long term recovery; the essentials of counseling individuals about the use of addiction medications (including but not limited to methadone; buprenorphine; alcohol dependence medications; and psychiatric medications). (Includes 6 hrs. of vocational-related skills and 6 hrs. of relapse prevention skills)

PowerPoint Presentations, Research Articles, Role Play and Case Studies will be used to teach the essentials of Individual Counseling; and Vocational-Related & Relapse Prevention Skills (6 hrs.)

 

CASAC 004 –  Group Counseling
Human Development

Group Counseling (30 hrs.)

The purpose of this course work is to provide students with the essential knowledge of alcoholism and substance abuse counseling with groups of individuals; The use of addiction medications (including but not limited to methadone; buprenorphine; alcohol dependence medications; and psychiatric medications); Group theory including stages of group development and tasks of the counselor at different stages of the process; Group dynamics, techniques and interventions used in group settings and group techniques designed for or modified for, specific populations; Support groups;  Understanding of relapse prevention materials (6 hrs.)

Human Development (15 hrs.)

The purpose of this course work is to also provide students with the essential knowledge of various theories on human growth and development (i.e., physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual development of human beings) with the emphasis on substance abuse.

PowerPoint Presentations, Research Articles and Case Studies will be used to teach the essentials of Group Counseling and Human Development.

 

CASAC 005 – Counseling Special Populations and Cultural Competency
Health, Wellness and Communicable Diseases

Counseling Special Populations (15 hrs.)

The purpose of this course work is provide students with knowledge and understanding of specific ATOD prevention/treatment needs of particular populations and development of the skills necessary to effectively counsel individuals in those populations;  that “Special population” is defined by race; minority/protected status; ethnicity; gender; religion; legal status; age; and/or other status (to include content specific to veterans, trauma survivors, criminal justice-involved, sexual orientation, domestic violence, co-existing psychiatric disorders, compulsive behavior disorders or other disabilities.)

Cultural Competency (15 hrs.)

The purpose of this course work is to  teach students to understand, communicate, and effectively interact with people across diverse cultures; and to understand that cultural competence comprises of four components: (a) Awareness of one’s own cultural worldview, (b) Attitude towards cultural differences, (c) Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews, and (d) Cross-cultural skills.

Health, Wellness & Communicable Diseases (15 hrs.)

In addition, the purpose of this course work is to help students to understand the medical issues common to individuals with ATOD disorders, including HIV and AIDS, STD’s, TB, hepatitis and other communicable diseases, as well as interventions which promote health and wellness.

PowerPoint Presentations, Research Articles and Case Studies will be used to teach the essentials of Counseling Special Populations & Cultural Competency and understanding Health, Wellness & Communicable Diseases as they relate to Substance Abuse.

 

CASAC 006 – Assessment and Evaluation
Counseling Families and Significant Others 

Assessment & Evaluation (24 hrs.) Section III

The purpose of this course work is to provide students with knowledge sufficient to determine the presence and extent of any Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD)-related problems and make a  determination of any needed initial services to include:

– rapport building;

– systematic data gathering from client and collateral sources concerning all functional areas;

– screening and assessment instruments;

– application of accepted substance use disorder diagnostic criteria to make treatment recommendations;

– screening for other non-substance specific issues which can impact on assessment and treatment planning (e.g., suicidality, indicators of possible mental health disorder, medical conditions, gambling problems, etc.);

– determining treatment readiness;

– sharing of assessment results.

Counseling Families and Significant Others (21 hrs.) (Includes 6 hrs. specific to relapse prevention with families/significant others) Section II

The purpose of this course work is to provide students with knowledge of the basic theory and skills needed by alcoholism and substance abuse counselors to work effectively with individual family members, significant others and whole families, including co-dependency; issues relating to children of chemically addicted persons;  Genograms; The application of systems theory to practice with families;

In addition, this course work addresses relapse prevention topics (e.g. awareness of relapse process, maintaining commitment to recovery, utilizing available resources) aimed to assist the families/significant others of ATOD clients

PowerPoint Presentations, Research Articles and Case Studies will be used to teach the essentials of Assessment & Evaluation and Counseling Families & Significant Others.

 

CASAC 007 – Treatment Planning, Client Record Keeping and Discharge Planning
Case Management, Referral and Service Coordination
Patient, Family and Community and Prevention

Treatment Planning, Client Record Keeping & Discharge Planning (24 hrs.)

The purpose of this course work is to provide students with Knowledge of the cooperative process by which counselor and client devise an alcoholism and substance abuse treatment plan; Knowledge of components of the treatment plan including goal setting, measurable objectives, time frames; activities, evaluation, relapse prevention and discharge planning; Knowledge of the roles and tasks of the interdisciplinary treatment team in carrying out the treatment and discharge plan; Knowledge of the content of clients’ records and related documentation and record-keeping methods and processes; Knowledge of the essential components of client records; including release forms, assessments, treatment plans, progress notes and discharge summaries and plans – to include: Skills to compose timely, clear, complete and concise records that comply with  regulations; documentation of information in an objective and legible manner; Skills to utilize new technologies in the production of client records

Case Management, Referral & Service Coordination (12 hrs.)

The purpose of this course work is to provide students with Practical knowledge, and to develop skills in case management, monitoring, ongoing assessment, and referral of the alcoholism or substance abusing/dependent client to the appropriate services in a suitable level of care; Knowledge on documentation of service coordination activities throughout the continuum of care and the ability to apply placement, continued stay and discharge criteria for each modality on the continuum of care.

Patient, Family & Community and Prevention (10 hrs.)

In addition, the purpose of this course work is to provide students with knowledge of Presentation and training techniques that address how to provide relevant information about ATOD abuse and related problems to patients, families & communities to encourage wellness and increase understanding of addiction; Presentation and training techniques that address and support substance abuse prevention, treatment and the recovery process; Knowledge of the connection of the theories and models of ATODG prevention to current best practices, including OASAS’ Risk & Protection framework, SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, model programs and environmental strategies; Knowledge of the importance of life skills to the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.

PowerPoint Presentations, Research Articles and Case Studies will be used to teach the essentials of Assessment & Evaluation and Counseling Families & Significant Others.  

 

CASAC 008- Professional and Ethical Responsibilities

Counselor-Client Relationships (18 hrs.) (Including 9 of 15 hrs. specific to Ethics for Addiction Professionals)

The purpose of this course work is to provide students with Knowledge of the Knowledge of the therapeutic alliance as a unique relationship between counselor and client, integrating basic counseling skills, critical thinking, ethical standards and professional responsibilities to the client. Topics include, but are not limited to:

– clinical boundaries

– transference and countertransference

– counselor self-disclosure

– recovery issues

– sexual harassment

– response and responsibility to seek and utilize clinical supervision.

– self-awareness regarding cultural bias and the need for cultural competency within the counselor/client relationship.

Ethical Decision Making & Conduct (9 hrs.) (Including 3 of 15 hrs. specific to Ethics for Addiction Professionals)

The purpose of this course work is to provide students with Knowledge of the use of critical thinking and analysis in effective ethical decision-making; Examines the differences between virtue ethics and ethical decision-making by formal codes of ethics; Provides knowledge of professional and ethical responsibilities of Addictions Counselors; includes formal canons of ethical principles, must include but is not limited to, the CASAC Canon of Ethical Principles, the American Psychological Association Code of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct, the ethical codes of the American Counseling Association and of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the National Organization for Human Service Education; Examines clinical supervision as an ethical obligation throughout the career of a counselor.

Confidentially/Legal Issues (9 hrs.) (Including 3 of 15 hrs. specific to Ethics for Addiction Professionals)

The purpose of this course work is to provide students with the Knowledge of current federal (42CFR Part 2, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act [HIPAA] Sections 160 & 164), and state laws governing the appropriate delivery of alcoholism and substance abuse services Emphases on  program specific policies/procedures involving confidentiality, as well as legal issues that relate to alcoholism and substance abuse clients An understanding to seek clinical supervision on complex issues relating to confidentiality and legal matters Information which addresses confidentiality and legal issues associated in work with clients impacted by HIV/AIDS

Counselor Wellness (7 hrs.)

The purpose of this course work is to provide students with The definition of compassion fatigue, burnout and other job-related stresses and how to identify, prevent and recover from its effects through knowledge on:  why compassion fatigue occurs and who is at risk; connection between PTSD and compassion fatigue; recognition of symptoms; and prevention and recovery strategies, including  the role of clinical supervision; the Knowledge of the importance of self-care for the Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor, and the relationship between a healthy body, a healthy mind and counselor wellness, and techniques for fostering that relationship (Examples include but are not limited to, nutrition awareness, relaxation techniques,  personal growth and clinical supervision); the Knowledge of Counselor Wellness programs, including how to develop agency resources to offer counselor assistance, especially alcoholism & substance abuse intervention services and referrals (e.g. Employee Assistance Programs (EAP); and peer support; the Knowledge of alcoholism & substance abuse impairment and misconduct and identification of such, as well as guidelines for a counselor’s return to work as a direct care provider following a period of impairment

  • Child Abuse and Maltreatment: Mandated Reporter Training – New York State Education Department approved training/curriculum – – The NYS Office for Children and Family Services (OCFS) Mandated Reporter Resource Center offers NYS Education Department approved on-line training for mandated reporters in New York State so that every mandated reporter has the knowledge and skills to be able to: effectively report child abuse or maltreatment/neglect to the NYS Child Abuse and Maltreatment Register.
    To access this course: http://www.nysmandatedreporter.org/TrainingCourses.aspx (2.00 Clock Hours)

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Requirements and Fees

CASAC Application Requirements

 

The NYTS CASAC Program offers CASAC 1-8 (as listed on this handbook) every semester at The Interchurch Center (evenings Monday-Thursday). To adhere to the minimum 350 OASAS Required Hours, the term length is 14 weeks long with classes lasting 3 hours and 20 minutes. Each course is 200 minutes a week, meeting for 14 weeks during the term. Courses are offered during the spring, summer, and fall term. The program utilizes a letter grading system which will be calculated based upon class participation, class attendance, and competency in course assignments and activities. Prospective students are encouraged to apply to take one or more courses based on their own availability and course offerings.

Students may begin their program attendance at any term since we have year round application.

To apply for the program, submit one of the following documents:

  • High School Diploma
  • GED
  • College Degree
  • Complete an application
  • Complete an application with the Office of Admission and meet with the Advisor
  • Pay the $45.00 Registration fee (one-time fee)
  • $370 per course

Note Regarding Tuition Reimbursement: If the student qualifies for tuition reimbursement, the student must provide at the time of registration, a letter from his/her company explaining the company’s terms of payment. The letter should state that the student is a current employee and entitled to participate in their tuition reimbursement program. Additionally it should include when payment is made, to whom it is made, and if payment is contingent upon the successful completion of the course(s).

If a student takes one or more courses at NYTS and needs to send proof of course completion to OASAS, a transcript form must be completed and processed by the Office of the Registrar. If the student owes a balance, no transcript will be provided.

To obtain a certificate of the 350-Hours, you must complete a graduation form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar.

IF A STUDENT WITHDRAWS BEFORE THE START OF CLASSES, S/HE IS ENTITLED TO A FULL REFUND. ONCE CLASSES BEGIN THERE IS NO REFUND AND TOTAL TUITION IS DUE IN FULL. LATE REGISTRANTS WHO WITHDRAW FROM COURSE/S ARE SUBJECT TO FULL PAYMENT OF TUITION.casac-button-btt


Application

 

As of March 9, 2016, there is one application for admission to all academic programs of New York Theological Seminary. (With the exception of CPE). Applications can be submitted as follows:

1. Print the application and fill it out.

2a. Return the application and all supporting documentation by sending it to:

Dr. Yvonne Salaman
New York Theological Seminary
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 500
New York, NY 10115

2b. You can also submit your application by scanning the documents and emailing them to Dr. Yvonne Salaman at ysalaman@nyts.edu. (Only the PDF format will be accepted.)

OR

1. Download the PDF and save it to your computer.

2. Open the application using Adobe Acrobat and fill out the form as prompted.

3. Save the application and supporting documentation and email them to Dr. Yvonne Salaman at ysalaman@nyts.edu. (Only the PDF format will be accepted.)

Download the Application form here. (Revised 11-15-16)

NYTS Academic Programs Brochure (Revised 11-15-16)

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