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CASAC Program - Distance Learning - Course List


TARP, Inc. provides credential renewal services for Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC) in the state of New York through distance learning courses.

We also provide classroom instruction and services to become a Certified Prevention Professional (CPP).

Contact us at anytime if you have questions about the courses you are eligible to take. Or, you can call the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS-OASAS) at 1-800-482-9564.

Below is a list of 40 courses in our Distance Learning Program for renewing CASAC credentials.

Course Instructions: Distance Learning courses include all of the instructions needed for completion. Materials are sent via e-mail, US Postal Service, or fax within 24 hours of payment clearance by PayPal.

Pricing: The Distance Learning courses below are priced at just ten dollars per clock hour. As a result, a course worth three clock hours costs thirty dollars. As you'll see below, each course description includes a corresponding number of clock hours. Multiply hours by $10. to determine cost.

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If a refund is requested within 48 hours of making payment for coursework, a 90% refund will be provided. If requested within 7 days, a 75% refund will be provided. If requested within 14 days, a 50% refund will be provided. If requested within 21 days, a 25% refund will be provided. No other refunds are provided. Refunds apply to products only; refunds do not apply to NYS tax. Please contact us whenever you have any questions or need assistance.


CASAC - Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor - Renewal Courses:

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1.1) An Overview of the Twelve Steps and Mutual Aid Groups (3 hours)

Course Objective: To provide the Learner with basic knowledge regarding the Twelve Steps of recovery as outlined by Alcoholics Anonymous and the information needed to define and describe mutual aid and various types of support groups.


1.2) Detailed Knowledge of Various Mutual Aid Groups and the Twelve Steps (12 hours)

Objective: To provide Learner with a detailed knowledge of various mutual aid groups and the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and other support groups, as well as the spiritual concepts of Steps 10-12.


1.3) Overview of Addiction and Recovery Process (4 hours)

Objective: To give Learner a general overview of the definition of addiction, signs and symptoms of use and abuse, phases of use and stages of the recovery process.


1.4) The Disease Concept of Addiction (12 hours)

Objectives: Learners will be able to define and describe the disease model of addiction and three other prevalent addiction models.


1.5) The Concepts Benefits and Common Practices of the Medically Supervised Outpatient Program
(16 hours)

Objective: Learner will gain knowledge regarding the practices and activities of the medically Supervised Outpatient program as it pertains to the overall treatment process of a client. The Learner will gain insight regarding the typical client treatment episode and important areas of focus within the treatment process.


1.6) The Physical Effects of Alcohol and Various Other Drugs (12 hours)

Objective: Learner will gain knowledge regarding drug classification, the physical effects of particular drug use, signs and symptoms of intoxication, routes of transmission and withdrawal risks.


1.7) Counseling Therapies and Techniques (14 hours)

Objective: Learner will gain theoretical and general knowledge regarding the contemporary theories of counseling. Specific therapies include Client Centered Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Reality Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, and Behavioral Therapy.


1.8) Tobacco/Nicotine Effects and Treatment of the Addiction (12 hours)

Objective: Learners will gain knowledge of the health effects of cigarette smoking, the effects of second hand smoke, societal and economic effects of smoking, the effects of smoking during pregnancy and the treatment of nicotine addiction. Learners will be able to verbalize and utilize this knowledge in client counseling.


2.1) Addiction a Family Disease, Counseling for the Significant Other (12 hours)

Objective: To provide Learner with an understanding and working knowledge of the family systems of addicted individuals. Learners will gain knowledge of basic counseling practices and techniques for the family and/or significant other of the addict.


2.2) An Overview of Counseling the MICA Client (3 hours)

Objective: Learner will be able to define the term MICA, describe a MICA client, define concurrent treatment and name three special considerations when working with the MICA client.


2.3) An Overview of Relapse Prevention Planning (3 hours)

Objective: Learner will gain a general understanding of relapse, relapse triggers and development of a relapse prevention plan.


2.4) Assessing the Compulsive Gambler in AOD Treatment (6 hours)


2.5) Compulsive Gambling Knowledge and Education for the AOD Counselor (6 hours)


2.6) Problem Gambling Knowledge and Education (12 hours)


2.7) Relapse Prevention for the Pathological Gambler (12 hours)


2.8) Specialized Treatment Planning and Case Management for Those Affected by Compulsive Gambling
    (8 hours)


2.9) Specialized Treatment Planning Counseling and Case Management for the Pathological Gambler
    (14 hours)


2.10) Utilization of Assessment Tools to Diagnose the Compulsive Gambler (12 hours)


2.11) Group Counseling for AOD Counseling Theories and Techniques (21 hours)

Objective: Learner will gain detailed theoretical and practical knowledge regarding group leadership skills, stages of group development, multiculturalism in group counseling, and comparing and contrasting self-help models and professional group counseling.


2.12) Therapeutic Communication (16 hours)

Objective: Learner will be able to define therapeutic communication and its purpose, name three roadblocks to therapeutic communication, and give examples of therapeutic questioning, appropriate probing techniques, and open and close ended questions. Learner will also gain knowledge regarding therapeutic boundaries.


2.13) Relapse and Relapse Prevention (20 hours)

Objectives: Learner will increase their knowledge of relapse as part of the recovery process and learn to utilize prevention categories that include relapse prevention models to support the client with cognitive and behavioral coping skills to avoid relapse. Learner will also gain knowledge regarding teaching clients to utilize cue extinction tools to avoid relapse.


2.14) The Importance of Vocational Counseling Services (8 hours)

Objective: Learner will gain an understanding of the need for vocational counseling within the clinical treatment process; Learner will gain practical knowledge regarding obtaining these services for their clients and obtaining vocational services for MICA clients, as well as criminal justice clients.


2.15) Working with the African American Client in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (12 hours)

Objective: Learner will gain knowledge regarding the African American culture their experiences, and how these affect this population's treatment outcome. Participants will be able to identify treatment barriers and effective clinical skills and program development agendas to address these barriers.


2.16) Working with the Latino client in Alcohol Other Drug Counseling (12 hours)

Objective: Learner will gain some insight into Latin culture and characteristics of Latino Groups. This insight will assist counselors to provide improved culturally effective treatment to the Latino clientele in their programs. Participants will learn assessment and treatment strategies, as well as how to remove barriers to successful treatment for the Latino population.


3.1) Assessment and Evaluation (4 hours)

Objective: This course gives the Learner an introduction to completing one of the most common assessment tools: the Psychosocial Evaluation. Learner will also gain a basic knowledge of the DSM-IV criteria for abuse and dependence.


3.2) Community Education Regarding AOD Use Prevention (12 hours)

Objective: Learner will gain an understanding of the importance of AOD prevention activities within the community. Moreover, Learner will be able to verbalize the following concepts: OASAS framework for AOD risk factors, describe three levels of prevention, drug use continuum, and facilitating prevention workshops in the school setting.


3.3) Medically Supervised Outpatient Treatment, knowledge of Part-822 regulations and correct
    completion of forms from initial determination through discharge. (16 hours)

Objective: This course gives Learner a detailed knowledge of the operating regulation for the modality and the type of documentation needed for this modality. This training also focuses on teaching Learner to produce quality documentation within an allotted period of time.


3.4) Report and Record Keeping, documenting the discharge summary (7.5 hours)

Objective: The focus of this training will be for Learner to gain an understanding of documenting and charting case management notes. Also, Learner will understand that discharge planning starts at admission through client's last day of treatment and that a discharge plan can/should be documented early on, and then modified as client progresses in treatment.


3.5) The Importance of Efficient, Effective Case Management in AOD counseling (3 hours)

Objective: Learner will be able to define case management and describe its components, such as: coordination of care, referral and identifying needed client services.


3.6) Treatment Planning, Progress Notes and Discharge Planning (3 hours)

This training gives Learner an overview and understanding of appropriate terminology when documenting a treatment plan or a progress note and to provide Learner with the knowledge of the importance of discharge planning.


3.7) Utilization of Three Assessment and Evaluation Tools (16 hours)

The objective of this course is for Learner to become thoroughly acquainted with the ASI (Addiction Severity Index), the psychosocial evaluation, the LOCADTR and the Placement Criteria (Decision Tree).


3.8) The Relationship Between Assessment, Evaluation and Treatment Planning (8 hours)

Objective: The purpose of this course is for Learner to pinpoint the relationship between through assessment, evaluation and treatment plan. Learner will gain insight into how counseling frequency is determined and how to set realistic treatment goals.


3.9) The Components of Treatment Planning (4 hours)

Objective: Participants will understand the concept of explaining assessment results in an understandable manner as it relates to treatment planning. Participants will learn the foundation of treatment planning and appropriate wording and documentation of each components of the treatment plan. Moreover, students learn about modifying the treatment plan and documenting reasons for the deferral of a goal.


4.1) Confidentiality in the AOD Treatment Setting (14 hours)

Learner will gain knowledge regarding Federal, and State regulations regarding confidentiality in the drug treatment setting. Moreover, Learner will be able to define and gain understanding about terms like "Need to Know," releasing limited information (i.e.; nature and amount) and gain a basic understanding of HIPPA regulations and confidentiality exceptions.


4.2) Overview of Counselor and Client Relationships (3 hours)

Learner will gain a basic understanding of appropriate and inappropriate counselor behavior and be able to document the purpose of Self Disclosure.

Materials used: handouts.


4.3) Counselor and Client Relationships (7 hours)

Objective: The purpose of this course is to provide Learner with detailed information regarding Counselor and Client Relationships. Learner will gain knowledge regarding therapeutic relationship and boundaries, communication skills, listening, perceived meanings of body language and guideline for giving clients therapeutic feedback.


4.4) Counselor Wellness (14 hours)

Learner will gain knowledge of the professional requirements for counselor wellness. Moreover, learner will learn how and where they themselves can seek help and the requirement for reporting the impairment/misconduct of their colleague.


4.5) Review of the CASAC Canon of Ethical Principles (2 hours)

Objective of this course is for Learner to be introduced by way of an overview of the Canon of Ethical Principles and increase their knowledge of the principles of the canon.


4.6) Detailed Review and Explanation of the CASAC Canon of Ethical Principles (7 hours)

Objective: Learner will be able to repeat the purpose of the CASAC Canon of Ethical Principles and describe the professional obligations of the CASAC.


4.7) Ethical Considerations for Client Rights and Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect (7 hours)

Objective: Participants will become aware of the importance of ethical professional practice to assure the health, safety and recovery of persons suffering from addiction and their families. Learners also gain knowledge regarding Mandated Child Abuse Reporting to NYS Office of Children and Family Services.



Leah C.: "Thanks for your help with everything! I'm very glad I chose TARP, Inc. for my addiction counseling studies!"

Sal G.: "I landed the methadone counselor position at [name withheld]. This is a union position (1199 to be exact) which was my goal. Getting a CASAC-T was both a start and a requirement. I'm glad I went with TARP for distance learning because your program allowed me to work at an accelerated pace."


Contact Us for more information about our credential renewal services for Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC) through distance learning courses and our CASAC certification program through classroom instruction.

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