SUNY Sullivan Announces New Degree Program in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse CounselingShare on Twitter!
AAS program is designed to introduce students to a career working with individuals struggling with addiction
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We are very excited to offer this important program here in Sullivan County,” said SUNY Sullivan President Jay Quaintance. “Our graduates will play an important role in combating the ongoing substance abuse crisis that limits resident’s ability to live healthy, productive lives. By their education and professional efforts, they will make a positive impact on individuals, families and communities in Sullivan County and our region.”
The AAS program provides the opportunity for students to complete the required 350-hour educational training and begin field placement hours as a first step to becoming CASAC certified. In New York State, OASAS oversees treatment for substance use disorders. In addition to major-specific coursework this program offers a Liberal Arts base to help prepare students for advanced degrees.
In addition to helping students qualify for the NYS CASAC, upon completion of this Associate in Applied Science degree graduates will:
- Understand fundamental concepts specific to chemical dependency that encompass historical, political, social and legal factors
- Examine the nature of addiction as it pertains to the biological, psychological and social aspects of individuals, families, communities, and societies
- Understand the importance of attitudes, values, and the ethical and legal aspects of clinical practice
- Utilize best practice and evidence-based practices to provide assessments, treatment modalities, and theoretical approaches
- Develop competency-based counseling and cultural competency skills in working with individuals, families and special populations with substance use disorders
- Demonstrate the ability to fulfill all core functions of a counselor through course work and successful field experiences