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 - see the application section 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 - In the examination section you will find resources to assist you with additional study prior to taking the CASAC exam.
Professional and Workforce Development information may be useful as you explore your career in addictions. Information includes scope of practice and how to determine where on the addiction career ladder you want to be.
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.
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If you have CASAC MSW initial training questions not answered by the above information, please email us.