Clinical Approaches to the Addictions

Program Overview

Social service, mental health, and health agencies recognize the growing need for social workers and other mental health professionals with expertise in treating addiction disorders. Increased emphasis on co-occurring disorders makes advanced training even more valuable. The curriculum integrates sophisticated, clinical understanding with the latest evidence-based knowledge regarding screening, assessment, and treatment of individuals with alcohol and other drug disorders, as well as process addictions such as gambling and eating and sexual disorders. New York Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) credits are provided. Evidence-based practice informs the curriculum.

From the Director

Lala Straussner

"The Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Clinical Approaches to the Addictions offers a consistently high quality of education for social workers and other professionals interested in advancing their knowledge by combining addictions counseling, and psychodynamic understanding in this field. Our graduates have gone on to become leaders in the field of substance abuse treatment."

-S. Lala Ashenberg Straussner, PhD, CSW, CEAP, BCD, CAS

As a result of this course I am now aware of the clinical treatments available in working with a variety of addictions. These include; Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, the 12 step program, and CBT and DBT. I was also exposed to assessment practices, and have a much better understanding of addictions from a neurobiological perspective. I was also given the opportunity to learn about substance use disorders, including Alcohol, Nicotine, and chemical substances. as well as eating disorders, gambling, and sexual addictions. Topics also included group work, child and family work, and integrated healthcare and dual diagnosis. As a result of this course I was able to network with staff and other students, and learn about actual cases. This helped me to make appropriate treatment referrals for my own clients. - Recent Alumnus, Clinical Approach to the Addictions, 2018

Requirements

This certificate is comprised of 26 sessions over two semesters, running Monday evenings from 6:45 - 8:45 pm. Assignments include weekly readings and a final learning assessment in the form of a project or test.

CASAC hours

This program is OASAS-approved as a Section 1 Provider (Knowledge of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse). Section 1 curriculum carries 85 clock hours towards the CASAC 350-Hour Education and Training Standardized Curriculum. Visit the OASAS website for more information about the credentialing process and requirements.

2018-2019 Program Schedule (Subject to Change)

Monday Evenings (6:45 pm to 8:45 pm)
Fall Semester Dates Spring Semester Dates
  • September 17, 24
  • October 1, 15, 22, 29
  • November 5, 12, 19, 26
  • December 3, 10, 17
  • January 7, 14, 28
  • February 4, 11, 25
  • March 4, 11, 18, 25
  • April 1, 8, 15

Program Highlights

  • A psychodynamically oriented clinical understanding of the current drugs of abuse and patterns of abuse
  • Understanding and treating non-chemical addictions such as eating disorders, gambling, and sexual disorders
  • The latest evidence-based knowledge regarding screening, assessment, and treatment of individuals with substance use disorders, including tobacco addiction. Trends in treatment, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, self-help, and uses of medications
  • Interventions with families and children of substance abusers, adolescents, women, involuntary clients, and trauma victims
  • Case studies are integrated throughout the program

Continuing Education Contact Hours

  • 52 NYSED-approved Contact Hours will be awarded for this program.

SOCIAL WORK

New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.
NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.  

MENTAL HEALTH

New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.

For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.