Who Should Consider the CMHSAC?The CMHSAC was created to meet a number of curricular and programmatic needs in the psychology department at the New School for Social Research (NSSR). Specifically, it is a program that was designed to be particularly attractive and beneficial to:
CMHSAC Program DetailsAdmission to Program
There are no separate requirements for admission to the CMHSAC program. All students who have been admitted to the General MA Program in the Psychology Department are also eligible to enroll in the CMHSAC. However, students will not be considered enrolled in the program until they have completed an enrollment form and submitted it to the Psychology Student Advisor's office. Copies of the enrollment form are distributed during the first few weeks of the Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling Course. There is no deadline for enrolling, and students are free to take any number of the required courses before submitting a formal application. However, students should be aware that until a formal application is submitted, they will not be eligible for fieldwork placements or able to register for the seminar on Ethics.
Advising and RegistrationIt is extremely important that students confer with the student advisors prior to registering for any of the courses offered in the CMHSAC. Please see the CMHSAC Student Handbook (PDF) for recommended course sequences. Visit www.newschool.edu/registrar for additional information regarding the registration process.
Tuition and FeesThe latest fee schedule can be found on the New School website at www.newschool.edu/tuition. The New School reserves the right to alter this schedule of fees without notice.
Course RequirementsThe CMHSAC degree requirements consist of a total of 30 credits, nine of which are in the area of substance abuse. All of the courses are usually offered once a year. The three required courses for the CMHSAC (Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling; Advanced Issues in Substance Abuse Counseling; Psychopathology III) are offered during the regular academic year during certain semesters. Please see the CMHSAC Student Handbook (PDF) for further details.
Eligibility for admission to the doctoral programIt is important to reiterate and emphasize the fact that electing to pursue a CMHSAC degree does not in any way preclude a student from applying for admission to the doctoral program. CMHSAC students who wish to apply to the doctoral program are subject to the same admission requirements that apply to those enrolled in the general MA program. These requirements include a satisfactory grade point average; passing the comprehensive exam; successfully passing both an MA-level research methods course and the Assessment of Individual Differences course; and completing the elementary statistics requirement. There are some caveats, however:
Description of CASAC RequirementsThe CMHSAC Master's Degree Program by itself does not satisfy all of the CASAC requirements. There are also requirements for work experience and supervised practical experience that must be met either before, during, or after CASAC exam. However, the CASAC academic eligibility requirements (and hence, eligibility for a CASAC-T certificate and sitting for the CASAC exam) can be easily met by taking, in addition to the required CMHSAC courses, Adult Psychopathology, the 1-credit Seminar on Professional Issues and Ethics, and the online Child Abuse Reporting training. Note: A master's degree in psychology is considered the equivalent of 4,000 hours of work experience. Consequently, the required amount of work experience for CMHSAC graduates is only one year, rather than the customary three years of full-time paid work. For more information on the CASAC requirements, please consult the CMHSAC handbook or the student coordinator. Information is also available at New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) website. More information can also be found in the CMHSAC Student Handbook (PDF).
General Admission Contact
The New School for Social Research
Office of Admission
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th FloorNew York, NY 10003
212.229.5600 or 800.523.5411
Department of Psychology
The New School for Social Research
80 Fifth Avenue, 7th floor
New York, NY 10011
Tel: 212.229.5727 ext. 3119 or 3223 (for Clinical Psychology)
Castano (Cognitive, Social and Developmental Psychology)
Howard Steele (Clinical Psychology)
Director of Clinical Student Affairs
Beth Israel Center Coordinator
Kelsey Armusewiczpsychadv1@newschool.eduAmanda Helmerspsychadv2@newschool.edu
Advisor Office Schedule
Download Department of Psychology Handbook (PDF)