Date & Time: October 16, 2021 – February 26, 2022 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Virtual

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

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.

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

  • 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 March 2022:

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

  • PAC 1—45 clock hours
  • October 16, 2021–February 26, 2022
  • Saturday mornings 15 classes, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Total Cost: $1,850

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
  • October 16, 2021–February 26, 2022
  • Saturday mornings 15 classes, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • And online coursework: 20 hours
  • Total Cost: $2,450

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).

Course Delivery

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

  • One morning per week virtually
  • One semester
  • Two days of SBIRT

Dates and Topics

  • October 16: Current Drugs and Patterns of Abuse
  • October 23: Historical Overview and Cultural Competency of Addiction Treatment
  • October 30: Neurobiology of Addiction
  • November 6: Current Trends in Psychopharmacology 
  • November 13: Diagnosis of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Disorders
  • November 20: Comorbid Mental Health Diagnosis and Integrated Care
  • December 4: Adolescent Addictions
  • December 11: Use of “Intervention”
  • December 18: Motivational Interviewing
  • January 8: Addiction Treatment: Individual Counseling Approaches an Relapse Prevention
  • January 22: Group Counseling/Self-Help Approaches
    January 29: Identification and Issues for Children of Substance Abusers
  • February 5: Addiction Treatment: Family & Couple Counseling in Chemically Dependent Population 
  • February 12: Addiction Treatment: Behavioral and Other Addictions 
  • February 19: Overview of Addiction Treatment with Special Populations: Culture/Gender Competency/ Eating Disorders, Veterans, Gerontology- Integration of Course Learning
  • February 26: SBIRT Training; Mandatory for PAC 2 students and strongly encouraged for PAC 1 students.

Lead Faculty 

Peter Juliano, LMSW, CASAC

Peter Juliano, LMSW, CASAC is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Credential Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor specializing in the fields of addiction treatment and mental health. Juliano holds a master’s degree from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University.

Juliano is currently the Family Services Coordinator for Outreach House II where he supervises family services for adolescents and their families. He believes that family therapy is an integral component in the therapeutic process.

He is active in community work to raise awareness about the importance of substance use treatment and has spoken at multiple Long Island High Schools. Juliano specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing in his clinical work. He is an instructor for Outreach Training Institute and specializes in teaching individual and group counseling, treatment planning and clinical documentation, co-occurring disorders, theories of human development, cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling, and ethics. In addition, Juliano works as a medical social worker for John T. Mather Memorial Hospital and provides Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment to hospital patients. Juliano believes in the importance of referring patients to treatment, especially during the ongoing opioid epidemic on Long Island. He is passionate about treating people suffering from addiction and mental health disorders and believes in the need for educating clinicians in the most effective and latest evidenced-based practices. Juliano is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to the instructing team at Adelphi University.

Claudia Peters Ragni, CASAC

Claudia 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.

Payment Plan

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

  • $350 deposit for PAC 1, $950 for PAC 2
  • $500 by November 13th
  • $500 by December 18th
  • $500 by January 29th

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 $1295
  • PAC 2 $1715

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.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment. The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation. Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy.

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