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Wednesday, March 4, 2020 through Wednesday, June 24, 2020


Manhattan Center, 75 Varick Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10013

Certificate Program – Addictions

Because Adelphi University has transitioned to online learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, we are now offering this certificate program online via Zoom.

CEs: 45 + 4 CEs SBIRT

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 March 2020:

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

PAC 1—45 clock hours
March 4–June 24, 2020
Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m.–8:45 p.m.
Total Cost: $1850

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
March 4–June 24, 2020
Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m.–8:45 p.m.
Blended online coursework
Total Cost: $2450

For those who are taking the 85 clock hours, you may opt to take additional workshops held in Garden City prior to the 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 evening per week
  • One semester
  • SBIRT 

Dates and Topics

Time: 5:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

March 4

Historical/Cultural/Political/Ethical Overview of Addiction Counseling

March 11

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

March 18

Neurobiology of Addiction

March 25

Current trends in ATOD pharmacology including Nicotine (NRT)

April 1

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

April 8

Comorbid Mental Health/Health Diagnosis, Trauma and Integrated Care

April 15

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

April 22

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

April 29

Theory of Research and Practice with Children of Substance Abusers

May 6

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

May 13

Motivational Interviewing Approaches and Stages of Change

May 20

Theory, Research, and Integrated Practice in Individual Counseling Approaches

May 27

Process Addictions: Nicotine Dependence, Sex Addiction, Gambling

June 3

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

June 10

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

June 17

SBIRT Training

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

June 24

SBIRT Part 2

Lead Faculty

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 February 19
  • $500 by March 11
  • $500 by April 8
  • $500 by May 27

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, M.A., 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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