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Become an addictions counselor

Be a part of the solution. With a degree from Jamestown Community College in addictions counseling and CASAC-TR credentialing, you can become an addictions counselor and work with individuals who suffer with drug addiction and substance abuse. You will be your clients’ ongoing support system, helping them understand their personal battle with addiction and develop steps toward recovery.

Drug addiction and substance abuse impact all of our communities, driving poverty, domestic violence, child maltreatment, and other harmful issues with minimal support for victims. A critical shortage of qualified professionals means that individuals have limited means to get the care and support they need to turn their lives around.

The A.S. degree prepares you for transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, human services, or addictions counseling. You will also earn your educational hours to gain state certification as an addictions counselor. During your time at JCC, you’ll complete fieldwork experience with agencies qualified by the NYS Office of Mental Health. You’ll learn about the profession and develop your strengths through real-world experience while positively impacting lives.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s occupational projections forecast that the employment base in New York state will increase 15.8% from 2012-22 in the substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors occupations.

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Addiction Facts

Addiction Facts

91 people in the US die every day from an opioid overdose. (Source: New York Times)

Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

  • Addictions counselor
  • Inpatient and outpatient treatment
  • Harm reduction programs
  • Mental health agencies and clinics

Internships & Fieldwork

Internships & Fieldwork

135-hour fieldwork experience in regional agencies qualified by NYS Office of Mental Health

Related Majors

Related Majors

More about CASAC certification

Your degree in addictions counseling will satisfy New York’s 350-hour educational requirement for the CASAC-TR status required through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). CASAC certification is vital for professionals who work with people experiencing problems with addiction and substance abuse.

With your JCC degree and CASAC certification, you can work in a variety of treatment centers, agencies, clinics, and hospitals that provide addiction support. Depending on your specialization and additional education, you can make a difference in inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, mental health case management, harm reduction programs, drug maintenance programs, and others.

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Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
18 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3 HUMA H CWRT, VEDP
PSY 1510: General Psychology3 SOSC S SR
PSY 2540: Interpersonal/Group Dynamics3 SOSC S SR
MAT 1500: Problem Solving with Mathematics

(or higher)

BIO 1510: Health Science3 NSCI N SR
Core Requirements
29 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
HUS 1210: Introduction to Human Services3
HUS 1280: Introduction to Family Systems3
HUS 1310: Studies/Alcohol/Chem Dependency3
HUS 1410: Generalist Practice Skills3
HUS 2230: Interviewing and Counseling3
HUS 2430: Alcohol/Chem Depend: Treatment3
HUS 2400: Ethics/Issues-Addiction Services3
HUS 2215: Field Placement I - Addictions Counseling5
PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior3 SOSC S SR
13 credit hours Degree Requirements Met

9 credits must be SUNY General Education-category specific and Liberal Arts and Sciences specific.