Postgraduate Certificate Program in Addictions

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Adelphi University School of Social Work Department of Continuing Education and Professional Development is offering Master’s level professionals in social work and related behavioral health fields the opportunity to complete the 350 clock hour educational requirement to apply for the NYS OASAS credential in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC-T).

CEs: 45 + 4 CEs SBIRT or 85 + 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.

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.

This class will be virtually via Zoom.

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).

Please review the steps to gaining your CASAC

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)

What is Needed to Take This Course Virtually

  • Reliable internet connection
  • Speakers and a microphone
  • Webcam

You will receive a unique Zoom Video Conferencing link that will provide you entry into the workshop one day prior to the event. This link will be active approximately a half-hour prior to the start of the event. To familiarize yourself with the Zoom platform, see these tips to get started, or view this instructional video.

Course Options

Select one of two options and complete the CASAC-T education requirements by August 2023. 

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

PAC 1—45 clock hours
April 15, 2023-August 12, 2023
Saturday Mornings, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Total Cost: $1,900

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
April 15, 2023-August 19, 2023
Saturday Mornings, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Additional online coursework: 20 hours

Total Cost: $2,500

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. (If you have already taken the SBIRT workshop you do not need to take it again). This will be held on August 19, 2023.

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Course Delivery

This course is conveniently designed for working professionals. It involves:

  • Saturday morning sessions
  • Virtual learning experience
  • One day of SBIRT (virtual class)

Dates and Topics

Date Topic
April 15 Historical Overview and Cultural Competency of Addiction Treatment
April 22 Current Drugs and Patterns of Abuse
April 29 Neurobiology of ATOD Addiction
May 6 Current trends in ATOD Psychopharmacology including Nicotine (NRT)
May 13 Diagnosis of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Disorders
May 20 Comorbid Mental Health Diagnosis and Integrated Care
June 3 Adolescent Addictions
June 10 Use of “Intervention”
June 24 Theory of Research and Practice with Children of Substance Abusers
July 8 Theory of Research and Practice with Family & Couple Counseling in SUD
July 15 Motivational Interviewing Approaches and Stages of Change
July 22 Theory, Research, and Integrated Practice in Individual Counseling Approaches
July 29 Process Addictions: Nicotine Dependence, Sex Addiction, Gambling
August 5 Special Pops: Federal Block Grant Recipients, Women issues, Veterans, Gerontology
August 12 Group Counseling/Self-Help (AA, Faith-based, SMART, Refuge Recovery)
August 19 (online) SBIRT Training
Mandatory for PAC 2 students and strongly encouraged for PAC 1 students.

Payment Plan

We offer a convenient payment plan for those who wish to pay in installments:

  • $400 deposit due upon acceptance for PAC 1, $1000 for PAC 2
  • $500 by May 13th, 2023
  • $500 by June 24th, 2023
  • $500 by August 5th, 2023

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 $1330.00
PAC 2 $1750.00

Policy and Application Instructions

Continuing Education Credits

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • NYSED Social Workers
  • OASAS CASAC Renewal
  • APA Psychology

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form. See full credentialing information and CEUs New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

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.

Lead Faculty

Claudia Peters Ragni, CASAC

Claudia Peters RagniClaudia Peters Ragni, CASAC is the director and owner of The Kenneth Peters Center for Recovery, Long Island’s premier outpatient programs for the treatment of alcoholism and chemical dependency, and serves as a member of the Leadership Council of The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Past President of the Long Island Chapter of Employee Assistance Professionals Association, she continues to serve on the Board. Ragni has been honored by The New York City Police Department Peer Support Program for her work at Ground Zero following the events of September 11, 2001, and by New Perspectives for her work in the prevention of substance abuse and violence in schools. She is particularly proud of her volunteer work with Long Island Recovery Advocates, a grassroots political organization lobbying for equality and parity in the medical treatment of addicted persons, and has worked hard to facilitate passage of important legislation that guarantees treatment to the family members of the addicted person. In 2004, she received the Fisher of Men Humanitarian Award at the 15th annual Peter Sweisgood Breakfast.

Regina LoFasoRegina LoFaso, CASAC

Regina LoFaso is a Certified Alcohol and Addiction Counselor (CASAC) with over 30 years of experience treating substance use disorder. She has spent the past 14 years at Kenneth Peters Center facilitating group and individual therapy for outpatient addiction treatment. Her compassion, kindness, and humor have helped build trust and strong alliances with her clients to help them redefine their lives in the recovery journey. Regina resides in Huntington, NY, with her husband, and has  2 young adult daughters.

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