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April 16, 2014
Tagged: Gordon F. Derner Institute, Adelphi Locations, Adelphi University, Manhattan Center, Addiction

Adelphi Introduces the M.A. in General Psych with a Concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling in Manhattan

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This coming fall, the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies will offer the M.A. in General Psychology with a Concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling at Adelphi’s Manhattan Center.

Errol Rodriguez, Ph.D., assistant dean and program director, answers some questions about this new program.

Why did the Derner Institute launch this program in Manhattan?

Within a city that is both richly diverse and in need of well-trained clinical specialists in the addiction field, offering a balanced training in psychology and substance abuse practice exposes our students to opportunity and simultaneously addresses a clinical need. 

What type of student is the program designed for, or who should apply?

The program is open to all students who are interested in learning the practice of substance abuse counseling and obtaining advanced training in psychology. It is uniquely designed for working professionals in such areas as healthcare and education who would benefit from advanced training. After completing the program, students are eligible for the New York State Credential Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor -Trainee (CASAC-T) certificate. 

Is this a growing field? If so, why?

Simply stated, people are still abusing substances and with consequences that are far-reaching in families and in society. Given the small but increasing number of well-trained clinicians, the demand for treatment outweighs the number of adequately trained addiction professionals, especially at the advanced degree level. As such, the field is predicted to grow significantly over the next decade. 

What are the advantages of pursuing this program?

Through this program, you can:  

  • Achieve advanced training in psychology from a university with a strong reputation in training educators and practitioners of psychology;
  • Obtain a certification in addiction at a time when public awareness of the need for specialists is high; and
  • Attend classes in the evening, freeing your days for work or other obligations.

What types of jobs can graduates expect to find?

By combining the M.A. with the CASAC-T, graduates would be able to compete for jobs within the substance abuse field—at clinics, organizations, and hospital programs.

Jobs titles vary, but might include: substance abuse specialist, intake counselor, case manager, or rehabilitation counselor.

Once the full CASAC is achieved, graduates can serve in leadership roles within organizations.