Academics

Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Specialization

  • Undergraduate students majoring in social work can add substance abuse as an area of specialization.

  • Undergraduate social work majors who complete this program fulfill the educational requirements for New York state Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) certification. Nazareth’s CASAC certificate program is approved by New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

  • Nazareth is also considering offering a multi-course standalone program. If interested, fill out the form on this page.

Program is ideal for

Motivated undergraduate social work students seeking a fulfilling career in the field of substance abuse prevention or treatment.

Career outlook

Social work jobs are expected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Having the CASAC credential gives you an additional leg up in the job market. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor jobs are projected to grow 31% from 2012 to 2022, as addiction and mental health counseling services are increasingly covered by insurance policies.

What to expect

  • You can complete the specialization within the usual timeline and credit limits for a four-year degree, without extra time or cost.
  • Declare your intent to pursue this CASAC specialization through your academic advisor by the beginning of your junior year at Nazareth.

  • Complete all social work major requirements as well as two electives SWK 315 (Introduction to Substance Abuse) and SWK 415 (Substance Abuse Treatment). Those two substance abuse electives, combined with six of your required social work courses, provide the 350 educational hours required by New York state for CASAC certification.

  • The state also requires 4,000 relevant work experience hours to obtain the CASAC. Pursue substance abuse and addiction treatment settings during your junior and senior year field placements, and these hours can be applied toward the CASAC requirement.

About CASAC

Credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselors in New York state can provide diagnostic assessment, evaluation, intervention, referral, and alcoholism and/or substance abuse counseling for individuals and groups. For more, see the state CASAC webpages.

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Contact Information

Leanne W. Charlesworth

Leanne W. Charlesworth

Professor in Social Work
585-389-2755
lcharle8@naz.edu
Smyth Hall 388B
Bio

Education: B.A., Cornell University, M.S.W., SUNY at Albany, and Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Welfare reform, child and family issues, poverty, and social policy.

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