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Located in downtown New Rochelle, the Monroe College New Rochelle campus is nestled in a diverse, thriving suburban community in Westchester County.

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Located on the Vide Boutielle Highway, Monroe College’s St. Lucia campus offers a practical education designed to give students a competitive edge in the workplace.

  • Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors Certificate Program (CASAC) 

    The CASAC Addiction Counseling Program is available to both current Monroe College students and to new enrolling students who are only interested in earning this 30 credit certificate. This counseling program prepares students to work with people with addictions to alcohol and other drugs. Counselors work in the fields of substance abuse treatment (detoxification, rehabilitation, and long term residential modalities), medical health, mental health, school prevention, correctional services, homeless shelters, and in private practice. 

    The CASAC Addiction Counseling Program provides students with strong theoretical and practical foundations, which can lead to career advancement in the human services and health care fields. Students learn to assess level and type of addiction, identify associated life issues, and set up treatment plans.  Students are also equipped with strategies for early intervention, prevention, and treatment of substance abuse issues.

    Those who earn the CASAC certification go on to work in substance abuse counseling or able to enhance their skills as social workers, psychologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, rehabilitation counselors, mental health counselors, substance abuse counselors, marriage and family therapists or school counselors.  Students may also take advantage of the seamless transfer into one Monroe’s undergraduate or graduate programs

    Program Requirements:

    • Applicants must be high school graduates or have received their GED.
    • Matriculated applicants are required to show proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella. 

    The cost of the program is $4,800. A payment plan is available for all registrants.  A $480 deposit is required to secure your spot.

    For more information, please reach out to me.

    Ramona Samuels
    Advisor for Special Programs
    646-393-8572
    rsamuels@monroecollege.edu

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  • Section 1

    Introduction to Human Services

    This course examines the historical, social and political forces that have led to the development of both governmental and non-profit human services systems in contemporary America. The organization and operation of the primary social supports for meeting human service needs; the various models for the delivery of those services; theoretical perspectives; target populations, and the characteristics and skills of a human service professional. Ethical considerations and diversity issues are addressed.

    Prerequisites: None


    The Science of Addiction – Drug Use and Abuse

    This course examines the science of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) use and abuse. Special attention is paid to how the brain and other body parts react to ATOD ingestion and ATOD pharmacology. The interaction of ATOD use and abuse, and medical and mental illness will be studied. Students will learn the etiology of addiction and genetic factors that contribute to addiction. The risk and protection factors that characterize individuals and groups and their living environments and the continuum of drug use will also be examined.  

    Prerequisites: None   

    Introduction to Counseling Theory

    This course is an introduction to contemporary counseling theories, techniques and their applications. The course examines numerous behavioral models, and both traditional and non-traditional perspectives. Emphasis is placed on conditions for an effective counseling relationship, attending and interviewing skills, basic theoretical assumptions, ethical principles, and professional orientation, including the attributes necessary for the practice of counseling.

    Prerequisites: None

    Section 2

    Overview of Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency

    This course is an entry level course that will provide students with a specifics of substance abuse treatment. The students will develop a working knowledge of the effects of substance abuse. It will provide students with an overview of specific therapy models and medication supported recovery. Students will gain an overview of toxicology screenings and medical issues associated with drug abuse.  It will provide an overview of the theories of addiction counseling and application of these theories. 

    Prerequisites: HS-111

    Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Planning

    This course will examine the assessment procedures and general principles of appraisal techinques for both individuals and groups. It is designed to provide a foundation for using assessment procedures in addiction counseling. Students will examine the three interelated components of screening, assessment, and treatment planning which will inform and guide the provision of appropriate client centered services.  Students will explore general principles of case conceptualization, reliability and validity and basic concepts of various assessment techinques, as well as ethical and legal issues. Students will learn about client assessment, treatment planning, case management for persons with co-occurring disorders and diverse backgrounds, clinical record keeping, and discharge planning. 

    Prerequisites: HS-111


    Ethical Issues in Human Services

    This course prepares students for the challenging ethical dilemmas that often confront human services professionals. The course provides students with a general understanding of the basic principles of ethics and ethical decision-making, with an emphasis on its application to the field of human services. Students become familiar with current ethical and legal issues that the human services professional are exposed to in a variety of settings and learn the principles of bioethics as it relates to topics such as abortion, right to life, and right to die.

    Prerequisites: HS-101

    Section 3

    Addiction Counseling – The Individual

    This course will provide students with an overview of addiction counseling for the individual including vocational counseling and relapse prevention counseling.  Theories of addiction counseling and application of these theories will comprise a significant part of this course. Students will develop conceptual knowledge of counseling the substance abuser and practical skills to employ including clinical management of recovery for an individual. Co-occurring disorders, such as mental illness and medical issues common to addiction will be addressed. The students will learn theories best suited for addiction counseling, practice of clinical management of recovery of individuals, and the application of diagnostic criteria. 

    Prerequisites: HS-122 & HS-123


    Addiction Counseling – The Family and Groups

    This course will provide a comprehensive view of counseling for the family and groups. The basic theories and skills needed by alcoholism and substance abuse counselors to work effectively with individual family members, significant others and families, including addressing co-dependency, issues relating to children of chemically addicted persons. Students will learn to address relapse prevention for the family and presentation and training techniques that address how to communicate information about alcoholism and other drugs to the families, communities and patients in order to increase understanding of addiction.  The various group formats will also be addressed including their structure, leadership and techniques best utilized in them.

    Prerequisites: HS-122 & HS-123


    Cultural Competence in Human Services

    This course focuses on how to effectively provide cross-cultural services and the development of an awareness of personal biases and prejudices that can hamper communication, compliance, and outcomes. Students explore some of the critical issues in working with culturally diverse populations, and be trained to develop a higher level of cultural competency. Biases in the delivery of services are examined.

    Prerequisites: HS-201

    Introduction to Case Management

    This course covers the core functions of case management through discussion and exploration of fundamental concepts, components, principles and models of case management in various settings. Students learn the best practices associated with effective management of the client from intake through termination. Treatment planning, documentation, and recording are covered with specific case studies incorporated to help students develop case management skills.

    Prerequisites: LA-245