There is a high demand for addictions professionals — an inspiring, rewarding and challenging career path — and the UB School of Social Work can help prepare you for that journey as you complete your MSW program.
To become a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS):
Note: NYS OASAS counts a 3-credit MSW course as 45 training hours. This is how the hours for each MSW course listed is divided among the four CASAC content sections for a total of 45 hours for each credit course.
CASAC/CASAC-Trainee application - use the link at the top of this OASAS web page to obtain the application PDS-11- Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and CASAC Trainee Application Packet.
CASAC Exam Study Resources - material recommendations to assist you with additional study prior to taking the CASAC exam.
MSW students may apply for these merit-based fellowships from NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.
The NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors (NMFP-AC) and the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Behavioral Health Professionals (NMFP-BHP) are federally-funded programs administered by NAADAC in conjunction with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). The fellowships offer a large stipend to students applying through a merit based application process.
NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors: Eligibility and application information.
NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Behavioral Health Professionals: Eligibility and application information.
Tips on applying:
If you have CASAC MSW initial training questions not answered by the above information, please email us.