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Clinical Approaches to the Addictions

Program Overview

This curriculum integrates sophisticated, psychodynamically oriented clinical understanding with the latest evidence-based knowledge regarding screening assessment and treatment of individuals (and their family members) with alcohol and other drug disorders, as well as smoking, gambling, and sex addiction. This program incorporates up-to-date information addressing the intersection of addiction with the unique issues and treatment approaches of those working with various populations, including families and children of substance abusers.

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


This certificate is awarded upon the completion of 26 sessions for a total of 52 class hours.

Sessions are held weekly on Mondays from 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm, from September through April.

Assignments include weekly readings and a final learning assessment in the form of a project or test.

Continuing Education Contact Hours

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

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.

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

Program Brochure

Download a program brochure by clicking here.

2016-17 Program Schedule

Fall Semester

Monday Evening (6:45 pm to 8:45 pm)
  • September 12, 19, 26
  • October 10, 31
  • November 7, 14, 21, 28
  • December 5, 12, 19

Spring Semester

Monday Evening (6:45 pm to 8:45 pm)
  • January 9, 23, 30
  • February 6, 13, 27
  • March 6, 13, 27
  • April 3, 10, 24
  • May 1

Apply Now

To apply for this program, please click on the application link below.

You will be taken to a new page and prompted to set up an application account.  Once you create an application account, you will be able to begin an application for one of our certificate programs.  Make sure to select the application for "Clinical Approaches to the Addictions" from the list of available applications.

NOTE: If you have an NYU email address, you should not use this email address when creating the application account.

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