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Addiction Studies

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Contact Maureen Thompson, 315-443-9815, mlthomps@syr.edu

The 18 credit Addiction Studies Minor provides students with opportunities to develop broad competencies in preparation for employment in a number of fields addressing substance abuse, gambling and related behavioral addiction problems. Through the Addiction Studies Minor undergraduate students will be exposed to broad perspectives in the addictions field through the core curriculum, and will specialize in one of two areas of emphasis – counseling or prevention.

Upon completion of the addiction studies minor, student will have partially met the educational requirements for the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS), Certified Prevention Professional (CPP) or Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).  The CPS, CPP, CAS, and CASAC certification all require additional supervised post-graduate work experience before students can sit for the certification exam.

 

Addiction Studies Minor with Prevention Specialization 

The prevention specialization is intended for students who plan to work in addiction prevention programs and services. Two New York State certifications exist: Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) and Certified Prevention Professional (CPP)
Required courses
HTW 318 Alcohol, Other Drugs, Gambling and Sex: Dynamics of Addiction 3
HTW 402 Implementing and Evaluating Health Programs 3
HTW 304 Community Health Education 3
HTW 408 Addictions in Cultural Context 3

Electives (choose an additional
2 courses from the following)
HTW 405 Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Stress Reduction 3
HTW 406 Clinical Evaluation and Assessment of Addictions 3
HTW 407 Wellness Counseling and Coaching: Overcoming Resistance to Change 3
HTW 409 The Impact of Addictions on Families and Relationships 3

Addictions Studies Minor with Counseling Specialization 

The counseling specialization is intended for students who plan to provide addiction treatment services. Upon completion of the education requirements at Syracuse University, students are eligible for a CASAC Trainee certificate issued by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Students will have also met the educational requirements of the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders national certification for a Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS).

Required courses
HTW 318 Alcohol, Other Drugs, Gambling and Sex: Dynamics of Addiction 3
HTW 406 Clinical Evaluation and Assessment of Addictions 3
HTW 407 Wellness Counseling and Coaching: Overcoming Resistance to Change 3
HTW 408 Addictions and Treatment in Cultural Context 3

Electives (choose an additional 2 courses from the following)
HTW 405 Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Stress Reduction 3
HTW 409 The Impact of Addictions on Families and Relationships 3
HTW 410 Addictions Treatment Planning and Referral 3

  1. Detailed CPS and CPP certification requirements can be viewed at http://www.oasas.state.ny.us/sqa/credentialing/CPPCPSCover.cfm
  2. Detailed CAS certification requirements can be viewed at http://www.oasas.state.ny.us/sqa/credentialing/CASACCover.cfm