Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Addiction Studies
The Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in Addiction Studies is under the Department of Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition, in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University.
The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Addiction Studies provides an intensive concentration of coursework on the biology, psychology and cross--cultural sociology of addictions as a supplement to professional work experience or a graduate program of study. The academic program is designed to support working professionals and supplement undergraduate and graduate study in fields such as anthropology, child and family studies, counseling, couples and family therapy, education, law, nutrition, psychology, public health, public policy, sociology, and social work, among others.
Students are exposed to broad perspectives in the addictions field through the core curriculum, and may subsequently apply their courses toward their professional fields to expand employment and placement opportunities. Courses include experiential labs and an optional study abroad component in Amsterdam.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are one of the fastest-growing fields of practice today. The CAS in Addiction Studies program addresses one of society’s major problems and provides students with opportunities to develop broad competencies in preparation for employment in a number of fields dealing with substance abuse, gambling, and related behavioral addiction problems.
Completion of the CAS in Addiction Studies satisfies the educational requirements for the national certification as a Certified Addiction Specialist from the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, and partially satisfies the educational requirements for credentialing from the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) for Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS), and Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP).