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Addiction Studies - Certificate of Advanced Study

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Addiction Studies provides an intensive concentration of coursework on the biology, psychology and cross-cultural sociology of addictions for students enrolled in the following Syracuse University graduate programs:

  • M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (School of Education)
  • Ph.D. Counseling and Counselor Education (School of Education)
  • M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy (Falk College)
  • M.S. Social Work (Falk College)

The CAS in Addiction Studies addresses one of society’s major problems and provides students with opportunities to develop competencies in preparation for employment in a number of fields dealing with substance abuse, gambling, and related behavioral addictions. Students are exposed to broad perspectives in the addictions field through the core curriculum, and may subsequently apply their courses toward their professional fields to expand employment and placement opportunities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are one of the fastest-growing fields of practice today. Upon completion of the Addiction Studies Certificate of Advanced Studies, students will have met the educational training requirements for initial certification as a: New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and CASAC in Training (CASAC-T). Note that certification as a CASAC is a NY State credential managed by OASAS, not Syracuse University. In addition to the education requirements met by our Addiction Studies Program OASAS requires 2,000 hours (~ 1 year full time) supervised work experience for CASAC exam eligibility.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit http://syr.edu/financialaid/gainful-employment/addiction_studies.html.



Addiction Competency Areas & Program Requirements (all courses are 3 credits)

Knowledge of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse (2 courses, 6 credits)

  • HTW 618 - Alcohol, Other Drugs, Sex & Gambling: Dynamics of Addiction (required)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • COU 675 - Substance Abuse Counseling
    • HTW 608 - Addiction & Treatment in Cultural Context
    • HTW 612 - Global Perspectives in Alcohol & Other Drug Policies
    • MFT/SWK 781 - Alcohol & Other Drugs in Social Work Practice

Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling (3 courses, 9 credits)

  • HTW 609  The Impact of Addictions on Families & Relationships  (required)
  • Choose one of the following
    • COU 626  Social & Cultural Dimensions of Counseling
    • HTW 605 Cognitive Behavioral Stress Reduction
    • MFT 784  Family Therapy Perspectives on Cultural Diversity
    • SWK 628  Human Diversity in Social Contexts
  • Choose one of the following
    • HTW 607  Motivational Interviewing for Behavioral Change
    • MFT/SWK 724  Psychopathology

Assessment, Clinical Evaluation, Treatment Planning, Case Management and Patient, Family & Community Education (2 courses, 6 credits)

  • HTW 606  Clinical Evaluation & Assessment of Addictions (required)
  • HTW 610  Addictions Treatment Planning & Referral (required)

Professional & Ethical Responsibilities (1 course, 3 credits)

  • Choose one of the following:
    • HTW 636  Ethics in Addiction Services
    • MFT  681  Marriage & Family Therapy Ethics & Issues



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For Additional Information Contact:

David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
Graduate Admissions
119 Euclid Ave.
315-443-5555