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Saturday, October 19, 2019 through
Saturday, February 22, 2020


Social Work Building, Room 306
Garden City Campus


9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


45 + 4 CEs SBIRT

Full Cost:

PAC-1: $1,850
PAC-2: $2,450

Certificate Program – Addictions

The Postgraduate Certificate in Addictions course promotes the psychodynamic understanding of current theoretical and practical approaches to the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders. Leading experts from the addictions field will discuss:

  • The neurobiology of addiction
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Empirically based evidence treatment approaches with adolescents and adults across a broad spectrum of culturally diverse populations

Topics incorporate an integrated approach to substance use disorder and mental health comorbidity, including behavioral addictions: sex, gambling and tobacco use. The course will synthesize lecture, case presentation and classroom discussion for 45 credit hours towards the completion of the New York State CASAC requirements of addiction-specific education and training (Section 1).

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Who Should Take This Course

  • All postgraduate students in the fields of behavioral health
  • Advanced degree students completing their master’s (pending discussion with their adviser)

Course Options

Select one of two options and complete the CASAC-T education requirements by February 2020

For Graduate Students of Adelphi University who have completed an elective in Addictions (Adelphi-SW727)

PAC 1—45 clock hours
October 19, 2019–February 22, 2020
Saturday Mornings, 15 classes, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Total Cost: $1,850 

For all other postgraduate students who have not completed an elective in addiction and need to complete Section 1 of NYS OASAS training:

PAC 2—85 clock hours
October 19, 2019–February 22, 2020
Saturday Mornings, 15 classes, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and blended online coursework: 20 hours
Total Cost: $2,450

For those who are taking the 85 clock hours you may opt to take additional workshops held in Garden City prior to onset of course. 

Included at the end of the course is the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training. This training is an additional 4 CEs and is Mandatory for PAC 2 students and strongly encouraged for PAC 1 students.

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Course Delivery

This course is conveniently designed for working professionals. It involves:

  • One morning per week
  • One semester
  • One day of SBIRT 

Dates and Topics

October 19

Historical/Cultural/Political/Ethical Overview of Addiction Counseling

October 26

Current Drugs, Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol and Drug Abuse including Nicotine

November 2

Neurobiology of Addiction

November 9

Current trends in ATOD pharmacology including Nicotine (NRT)

November 16

Diagnosis and Assessment of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Disorders; Assessment and Toxicology Tools

November 23

Comorbid Mental Health/Health Diagnosis, Trauma and Integrated Care

December 7

Adolescent ATOD Addiction: Developmental Stages, Diagnostic Assessment; Risk/Protective Factors, Prevention and Treatment

December 14

Use of Intervention, Assessing Level of Care (LOCATR) & ASAM; Knowledge of Payer Symptoms

December 21

Theory of Research and Practice with Children of Substance Abusers

January 4

Theory of Research and Practice with Family and Couple Counseling in SUD

January 11

Motivational Interviewing Approaches and Stages of Change

January 25

Theory, Research, and Integrated Practice in Individual Counseling Approaches

February 1

Process Addictions: Nicotine Dependence, Sex Addiction, Gambling

February 8

Special Pops: Federal Block Grant Recipients, Women issues, Veterans, Gerontology

February 15

Group Counseling/Self-Help (AA, Faith-based, SMART,  Refuge Recovery)

February 22

SBIRT Training with John McAteer, LCSW, ICDAC

Mandatory for PAC 2 students and strongly encouraged for PAC 1 students.

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Payment Plan

We offer a payment plan for those who wish to pay in installments:

  • $350 deposit for PAC 1, $950 for PAC 2 by October 4
  • $500 by November 15
  • $500 by December 20
  • $500 by January 17

Tuition Remission

If your agency takes student fieldwork placements from Adelphi, then the agency may be eligible for tuition remission. This may entitle you to a 30% discount off tuition pending your agency approval.

Cost with tuition remission: 

PAC 1 $1295
PAC 2 $1715

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CASAC Preparatory Class

We will be offering a full-day CASAC preparatory workshop.

This course will be taught by Gail Compton, MA, LMHC, CASAC. Ms. Compton has extensive experience as a trainer in the field of addictions, specifically in reviewing the CASAC material necessary to help pass the exam. 

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the onset of the postgraduate certificate program. Cancellations occurring more than seven working days before the onset of the program will result in a refund less the amount of the deposit. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.

Coronavirus Update: As New York is on a "pause" for social distancing purposes, all in-person events for the next several weeks have been converted to online, postponed or canceled. Please check this page as information will be updated as possible—and call ahead before any upcoming in-person events until further notice. Thanks. 

For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator, Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education
Social Work Building, Room 237
p – 516.877.3216
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