CASAC Training Program

RESEARCH & TRAINING

Freedom Institute for Research and Training on the Addictions The Institute participates in many research projects through Columbia University New York State Psychiatric Institute which is part of the Clinical Trials Network of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In addition, the Institute provides CASAC training to staff, area residents interested in becoming CASAC credentialed addiction specialists, and VESID or other training program participants who are seeking training as they change their life from participating in addiction to helping others to overcome addictive behaviors. All courses offered by the Institute are evidence based and reflect the knowledge based on outcome of many research studies

Our CASAC Training Center offers a wide range of training curricula directed towards meeting the classroom education requirements for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services; Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor designation. All trainers and courses are approved by NYS OASAS for certification, recertification and grand-parenting of credentials (when applicable). All courses are evidence based and reflect the latest in research findings. Narco Freedom is part of the NIDA clinical trials network and has easy access to research findings as they are identified. The courses offered are generally between 6, 12, 15 and 18 hours in length.

For more information on OASAS approved Narco Freedom, Inc. C.A.S.A.C./C.P.P courses, go to www.oasas.ny.gov and click on to ‘providers’ field and then to ‘training catalogue’ field.

2014 CASAC Training
CASAC January 2014

Date
Part
Course
Instructor
Time
Credit
Section
01/07/2014
1
*DI & TA: Topic:
1,2,3 & 4 )
Therapy Models, Medication Assisted Treatment, Funded Modalities
Brenda Wheat
6pm to 9pm
12
1
01/09/2014
2
01/14/2014
3
01/16/2014
4
01/11/2014
1
*GC Topic:
1) A&SA Counseling with Groups and Individuals
Luis Laboy
9am to 4pm
6
2
01/25/2014
1
*GC Topic:
2)
The use of addiction Medication
Luis Laboy
9am to 4pm
6
2
01/21/2014
1
*A&E PART 1:
4)
ATOD related problems & make a determination of any needed initial services
Manny Rosa
6pm to 9pm
12
3
01/23/2014
2
01/28/2014
3
01/30/2014
4
 

Registration Steps:
Step 1: All participants are required to fill-out an application before attending class.
Step 2: To obtain a copy of the CASAC Application, click on the CASAC Download link.
Step 3: Participants are required to call (718) 402-5259 for registration before attending classes.
Step 4: Ask to speak to Martha Garcia, (Admin. Clerk).

Closed January 18, 2014 and January 20, 2014
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday -

CASAC February 2014

Date
Part
Course
Instructor
Time
Credit
Section
02/01/2014
1
*C-CR: PART 1:
Topics include: Basic counseling skills, critical thinking, ethical and professional responsibility to client, etc.
Reggie Williams
9am to 4pm
12
4
02/08/2014
2
02/04/2014
1
*CSP/CC PART 1:
ATOD prevention- treatment needs of particular population and development of skills necessary to effectively counsel individuals in those populations.
Danny Andujar
6pm to 9pm
15
2
02/06/2014
2
02/11/2014
3
02/13/2014
4
02/18/2014
5
02/20/2014
1
*BKP & PE Topic:
7)
The Bio-Psycho-Social model of addiction, and particular SA
Brenda Wheat
6pm to 9pm
3
1
02/22/2014
1
*I-DC
Various, assessment instruments (*DSM, ICD, ASI, OASAS LOCADTR & A.SA.M.)
Luis Laboy
9am to 4pm
6
1
02/25/2014
1
*CM-RC & SC Topic:
2)
Knowledge on documentation , coordination, discharge criteria, etc.
Brenda Wheat
6pm to 9pm
6
3
02/27/2014
2
 

Registration Steps:
Step 1: All participants are required to fill-out an application before attending class.
Step 2: To obtain a copy of the CASAC Application, click on the CASAC Download link.
Step 3: Participants are required to call (718) 402-5259 for registration before attending classes.
Step 4: Ask to speak to Martha Garcia, (Admin. Clerk).

Closed February 14, 2014 and January 17, 2014
- Presidents' Day -

CASAC March 2014

Date
Part
Course
Instructor
Time
Credit
Section
03/01/2014
1
*K-12 STEP & MAG:
12 Steps and other types of mutual aid groups
Brenda Wheat
9am to 4pm
6
1
03/04/2014
1
*EF-CF & SO Topic:
1)
ASAC Counselors to work effectively with individual family members
Manny Rosa
6pm to 9pm
6
2
03/06/2014
2
03/08/2014
1
*TPCRK & D Topic:
5&6)
Treatment plans, progress notes, etc. & skills to utilize new technologies
Danny Andujar
9am to 4pm
6
3
03/11/2014
2
*EF-CF & SO Topic:
2)
Genograms
3) The application of systems theory to practice with families
Curtis Evans
6pm to 9pm
6
2
03/13/2014
3
03/15/2014
1
*IC Topic:
1)
The essentials of A.S.A.C. counseling with individuals
5)The use of addiction medications
Reggie Williams
9am to 4pm
12
2
03/22/2014
5
03/18/2014
1
*C-CR PART 2:
Recovery Issues, Clinical Supervision, Sexual Harassment, Clinical Boundaries, etc
Danny Andujar
6pm to 9pm
12
4
03/20/2014
2
03/25/2014
3
03/27/2014
4
03/29/2014
1
*GC:Topic:
3)
Stages of group development, tasks of the counselor at different stages of the process
Luis Laboy
9am to 4pm
6
2
 

Registration Steps:
Step 1: All participants are required to fill-out an application before attending class.
Step 2: To obtain a copy of the CASAC Application, click on the CASAC Download link.
Step 3: Participants are required to call (718) 402-5259 for registration before attending classes.
Step 4: Ask to speak to Martha Garcia, (Admin. Clerk).

CASAC April 2014

Date
Part
Course
Instructor
Time
Credit
Section
04/01/2014
1
*OAF Topic:
3)
Social, Political, cultural systems & their impact on drug taking activity
Luis Laboy
6pm to 9pm
3
1
04/03/2014
1
*OAF Topic:
4)
Risk & protection that characterize Individuals & groups
Luis Laboy
6pm to 9pm
3
1
04/05/2014
5
*OAF Topic:
5)
Prevention, Treatment, Recovery
6)
Intoxication, harmful use, dependence, withdrawal, relapse & recovery
Brenda Wheat
9am to 4pm
6
1
04/12/2014
6
04/08/2014
1
*IC PART 2:
Skills and techniques that focus on the barriers to Recovery
Manny Rosa
6pm to 9pm
12
2
04/10/2014
2
04/15/2014
3
04/17/2014
4
04/19/2014
1
*Preparation For CASAC Computer Based Examination
Reggie Williams
9am to 4pm
0
0
04/26/2014
2
04/22/2014
1
*GC Topic:
5)
Supports Groups
Danny Andujar
6pm to 9pm
6
2
04/24/2014
2
04/29/2014
1
*TT/S:
Basic concepts of toxicology screening options
Curtis Evans
6pm to 9pm
3
1
 

Registration Steps:
Step 1: All participants are required to fill-out an application before attending class.
Step 2: To obtain a copy of the CASAC Application, click on the CASAC Download link.
Step 3: Participants are required to call (718) 402-5259 for registration before attending classes.
Step 4: Ask to speak to Martha Garcia, (Admin. Clerk).