The Department of Counselor Education has been registered by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to train students as Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainees (CASAC Application). This credential allows students from The Department of Counselor Education’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling, College Counseling, and School Counseling emphases to seek positions as chemical dependency counselors in a range of clinical settings and/or to add chemical dependency treatment as an area of specialization in mental health, community, school, and college settings.
To be eligible to earn the CASAC-T credential through the Department of Counselor Education a student must be matriculating in The College at Brockport’s Department of Counselor Education toward the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or MSEd in College Counseling or School Counseling. Students who are taking courses in one of the Department of Counselor Education’s Bridge Programs or Certificate of Advanced Studies Programs are also eligible to pursue the CASAC-T credential; these students are responsible for completing the CACREP core course work and additional Education and Training hours described below.
To become qualified to sit for the CASAC-T exam the student must earn 350 Education and Training hours by completing CACREP core course work and HLS 509 (Introduction to Alcohol and Drugs) and HLS 545 (Psychopharmacology) as shown in the CASAC-T Plan of Study.
In addition, candidates must earn 6,000 work experience hours, 4,000 of which are credited by completing the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or the MSEd in College Counseling or School Counseling. A total of 100% of practicum (150) and internship (600) hours completed in a program licensed by New York State OASAS, New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), or other state “O-licensed” program can be applied to the remaining 2,000 work experience hours. Fifty percent (50%) of practicum (75) hours and internship (300) hours completed in a program that is not state-licensed, but that includes practice of ONE or more of the core (counselor) functions outlined in the CASAC Application (p. 18) can be applied to the work experience hours.