The Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling (CMHSAC) is an optional academic and clinical training program offered in conjunction with the master’s degree in General Psychology at The New School for Social Research (NSSR). The curriculum brings together courses in the treatment of addictive behaviors as well as general principles of psychology, providing students with a unique foundation for work in this field. Program benefits include the following:
IMPORTANT NOTE: CMHSAC students who petition to enter a PhD program are subject to the same admission requirements as students enrolled in the master’s degree program in General Psychology: an acceptable grade point average; passing the comprehensive exam; passing both a master’s-level research methods course and the Assessment of Individual Differences course; and meeting the statistics competency requirement.
The following caveats apply
Graduates of CMHSAC programs that meet all of the 350-hour educational requirements for CASAC eligibility—Introduction and Advanced Substance Abuse courses, Path 3, Adult Path, Ethics, and the two-hour mandated online Child Abuse Reporting training (taken as part of the Advanced Issues course)—will now be permitted by the New York State Office of Substance Abuse Services to sit for the CASAC examination immediately following completion of their master’s degrees with work experience to be acquired later. Graduates who take the CASAC exam and receive their scores will not be granted CASAC certification until they have completed the required 2,000 hours of work experience.
Supervised clinical placements at several substance abuse treatment facilities in the New York City area are available to qualified students in the program. Although direct clinical experience is not required for as part of the curriculum for the CMHSAC master's degree, it is strongly encouraged.
Students are advised to consult with their student advisors and review the CMHSAC Handbook (see sidebar link) before registering for CMHSAC-related courses.
Questions about the Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling? Email us at MHSAC@newschool.edu.
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