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Alcohol and Substance Abuse Concentration

The Alcohol and Substance Abuse concentration incorporates various methods and systems of practice to prepare students to work with individuals, families, groups and the community at large. This concentration prepares graduates to work in settings ranging from school to community-based organizations and from mental health clinics to the criminal justice system.

Graduates of this program will have the knowledge, the skills and the values to deliver alcohol and substance abuse counseling and to perform assessment; clinical evaluation; treatment planning; case management; and client, family and community education. In addition, they will become completely familiar with their professional and ethical responsibilities as well as the documentation process.

The Alcohol and Substance Abuse concentration has been designed in conjunction with the New York State Department of Education’s requirements for the Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC). Students can complete the requirements for CASAC by fulfilling additional internship hours after completing the M.S.W. degree.