Become a Substance Abuse Counselor in New York - NY

Chemical dependency counselors often referred to as substance abuse counselors, perform a vital service to the clients whom they serve. These professionals work to counsel, treat, and reintegrate into normal life those with drug and alcohol addictions. Most states require some special training and/or certification or licensure in order to function as a substance abuse and chemical dependency counselor. New York is no exception. Substance abuse counselor certification in New York is compulsory when pursing work in that state.

The designation in New York for certified substance abuse counselors is Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). You must be at least 18 and a high school graduate, have a supervisor complete an Evaluation of Competency and Ethical Conduct, have a minimum of 6000 hours of full-time work in the field, and have 300 hours of supervised practical training. In lieu of a full 6000 hours of work, you may get a bachelor degree in a human service field to satisfy 2000 hours of that work and claim another 2000 hours of volunteer work. You must also have at least 350 hours of chemical dependency coursework under your belt. Upon completion of the application and exam, you will be awarded CASAC status. For more information on the licensing process you can contact the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, 1450 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203-3526.

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