Substance Abuse Counselor Training in New York - NY
By Susan Maphis, allied health world contributing writer
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The state of New York is very specific in outlining what coursework and training is required to work as a substance abuse counselor in the state. Substance abuse counselor training in New York must include 350 clock hours in substance abuse specific courses, broken down into: 85 hours of coursework related to knowledge of alcoholism and substance abuse; 150 hours related to alcoholism and substance abuse counseling; 70 hours related to assessment, clinical evaluation, treatment planning, case management, and patient, family and community education; and lastly, 45 hours related to professional and ethical responsibilities.
Also included in the training requirements for New York is 300 hours of supervised practical training, in the 12 core functions of the profession. These include screening, intake, orientation, assessment, evaluation and intervention, referral, treatment planning, counseling, crisis intervention, patient education, case management, reporting and record keeping, as well as consultation with other professionals. Many of these requirements can be satisfied through obtaining a bachelor degree in an approved human service field, including: Art/Dance Therapy, Child Development/Family Relations, Community Mental Health, Chemical Dependence Administration, Counseling/Guidance, Criminal Justice, Divinity/Religion/Theology, Drama Therapy, Education, Health Administration, Health Education, Human Services, Music Therapy, Nursing/Medicine, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Pastoral Counseling, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Recreational Therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Sociology, Special Education, Speech Pathology, or Vocational Counseling. Obtaining a bachelor degree in one of these fields also satisfies 2000 hours of the 6000 hours of work experience necessary to obtain a CASAC in New York.