Wednesday, April 24, 2019 through
Saturday, August 3, 2019


Hudson Valley Center


5:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.


45 + 4 CEs SBIRT

Full Cost:

PAC-1: $1,295
PAC-2: $1,715

Certificate Program – Addictions

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).

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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)

Course Options

Select one of two options and complete the CASAC-T education requirements by August 2019

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

PAC 1—45 clock hours
April 24, 2019–August 3, 2019
Wednesday Evenings, 15 classes, 5:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
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
April 24, 2019–August 3, 2019
Wednesday Evenings, 15 classes, 5:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. and blended online coursework
Total Cost: $2,450

For those who are taking the 85 clock hours you may opt to take additional workshops held in Garden City prior to onset of course. 

Included at the end of the course is the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training. This training is an additional 6 CEs and is Mandatory for PAC 2 students and strongly encouraged for PAC 1 students.

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Course Delivery

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

  • One evening per week
  • One semester
  • One day of SBIRT 

Dates and Topics

April 24

Historical/Cultural/Political/Ethical Overview of Addiction Counseling

May 1

Current Drugs, Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol and Drug Abuse including Nicotine

May 8

Neurobiology of ATOD Addiction

May 15

Current trends in ATOD pharmacology including Nicotine (NRT)

May 22

Diagnosis & Assessment of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Disorders
Assessment and Toxicology Tools

May 29

Comorbid Mental Health/Health Diagnosis, Trauma and Integrated Care

June 5

Adolescent ATOD Addiction: Developmental Stages, Diagnostic Assessment
Risk/Protective Factors, Prevention and Treatment

June 12

Use of Intervention, Assessing Level of Care (LOCATR) & A.S.A.M
Knowledge of Payer Symptoms

June 19

Theory of Research and Practice with Children of Substance Abusers

June 26

Theory of Research and Practice with Family & Couple Counseling in SUD

July 3

Motivational Interviewing Approaches and Stages of Change

July 10

Theory, Research, and Integrated Practice in Individual Counseling Approaches

July 17

Process Addictions: Nicotine Dependence, Sex Addiction, Gambling

July 24

Special Pops: Federal Block Grant Recipients, Women issues, Veterans, Gerontology

July 31

Group Counseling/Self-Help (AA, Faith-based, SMART,  Refuge Recovery)

August 3

SBIRT Training with John McAteer, LCSW, ICDAC

Mandatory for PAC 2 students and strongly encouraged for PAC 1 students.

Lead Faculty

Thomas QuinnDr. Tom Quinn, the Dutchess County deputy commissioner for behavioral health, has served in direct clinical and administrative roles in various agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Quinn served as the Unit Chief for substance abuse services spanning two Department of Veterans Affairs campuses. Quinn also served as the director of a Vet Center, which is designed to treat veterans and families directly impacted by service in a designated combat area.  He is experienced in the treatment of co-occurring substance abuse and psychological issues, including post-traumatic stress. Currently, he works in county government addressing the needs of public behavioral health for his community.

Quinn has experience teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate level. He has presented on topics ranging from co-occurring disorders to treatment of trauma for several community organizations as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has also developed a presentation on the developmental nature of trauma for a national VA conference.

Quinn was awarded an MSW from Adelphi School of Social Work and a PhD from SUNY Albany.

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 May 24
  • $500 by June 21
  • $500 by July 19

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

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CASAC Preparatory Class

We will be offering a full-day CASAC preparatory workshop.

This course will be taught by Gail Compton, MA, LMHC, CASAC. Compton has extensive experience as a trainer in the field of addictions, specifically in reviewing the CASAC material necessary to help pass the exam. 

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.


For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator, Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education
Social Work Building, Room 237
p – 516.877.3216
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