Dessa Bergen-Cico, Coordinator Addiction Studies Programs in Public Health
444C White Hall
Dessa Bergen-Cico, James Byrne, Ignatius Ijere
Judi Emmi, Administrative Assistant
Susan Scholl, Internship Coordinator
Melinda Stoffel, Office Coordinator
The 24-credit hour Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Addiction Studies provides an intensive concentration of coursework on the biology, psychology and cross-cultural sociology of addictions for students enrolled in these Syracuse University graduate programs:
- M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (School of Education)
- Ph.D. Counseling and Counselor Education (School of Education)
- M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy (Falk College)
- M.S.W. Social Work (Falk College)
The CAS in Addiction Studies addresses one of society’s major problems and helps students develop core competencies in preparation for employment in a number of fields dealing with substance abuse, gambling, and related behavioral addictions. Students are exposed to evidence-based practices and may subsequently apply their courses toward their professional fields to expand employment and placement opportunities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are one of the fastest-growing fields of practice today.
Upon completion of the program, students meet the NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) education training requirements as a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor in Training (CASAC-T); and be eligible to sit for the Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) exam. OASAS requires supervised post-graduate work experience before full certification is awarded. Students seeking credentialing in states other than New York must contact the specific credentialing office for that state.
Internal applications only accepted from the following SU programs: M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (School of Education); Ph.D. Counseling and Counselor Education (School of Education); M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy (Falk College); M.S.W. Social Work (Falk College). Requirements include matriculated status in one of the Syracuse University graduate programs named above, official transcript, personal statement and 2 letters of recommendation (one of which must be an academic references; the other may be a professional reference)
Eligibility requirement: To be awarded a CAS, a student must be matriculated in the certificate program for at least one semester. Matriculation may not be backdated.
Part-time study is acceptable; however, time to degree completion depends on available course offerings and number of courses enrolled. Time limit to degree completion is 7 years.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
A maximum of three credits from a combination of transfer and/or external examinations/extra-institutional and experiential learning will be accepted toward a CAS.
CAS, 24 credits