The New School for Social Research

MA Concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling


  • CMHSAC Fieldwork

    Fieldwork is designed to provide students with in-depth clinical experiences (e.g. co-leading groups, conducting psychosocial intakes, writing treatment plans, and possibly following individual cases depending on the particular site).

    Fieldwork Sites

    • Addiction Institute Roosevelt Hospital, 59th St. and 10th Ave., NYC
    • The Center—LGBT Community Center, 13th St. and 7th Ave., NYC
    • Realization Center, Union Square, NYC
    • Lower Eastside Harm Reduction Center, NYC
    • Su Casa—Lower Eastside Service Center, NYC
    • New York Harm Reduction Educators, Bronx, NYC, and Harlem, NYC

    Note: As these sites also cater to students from other programs, the number of available slots varies from year to year.

    Fieldwork Supervision
    New School CMHSAC students participating in fieldwork through the CMHSAC program are supervised by on-site clinical and research supervisors as well as by CMHSAC Faculty. On site supervision may be provided by any Qualified Health Professional (e.g., Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, and/or psychiatrists), depending on the nature of the fieldwork placement and the students activities. CMHSAC Faculty will also provide group/individual supervision or consultation to fieldwork students. This supervision will take place at The New School for Social Research. The primary contact in this regard is CMHSAC Program Assistant Director, Dr. Jenifer Talley.

    Evaluations: In addition to ongoing feedback provided during regularly scheduled supervision, fieldwork supervisors will formally evaluate students (see CMHSAC Handbook for evaluation form) at the end of their placements. This evaluation form will be returned to the CMHSAC assistant director once completed. Students are also encouraged to stay in regular contact with CMHSAC Faculty regarding their fieldwork experiences.

    Applying for Fieldwork
    All applicants for placement must be NSSR MA students who have completed Psychopathology III and Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling with a grade of B or higher and must have completed or be taking Advanced Issues in Substance Abuse Counseling concurrently with the fieldwork. In order to apply for fieldwork, students must also be formally accepted to the CMHSAC Program and enroll in GEQV 6410: MHSAC Equivalency Externship, a non-credit course equivalency that appears on students’ transcripts to identify those who completed externships. The information contained in the enrollment form, in conjunction with the student’s performance during the required courses, serves as the basis for placement decisions. Finally, all students doing fieldwork must present a copy of APA Student Liability Insurance to the assistant director, which is kept on file.