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Enroll Today in Our Comprehensive Substance Use Counseling Course—Introduction to Diagnostic Criteria.

OASAS-Approved CASAC Section 1 Addiction Counselor Course

Ready to Become a Certified Substance Use Disorder Counselor? Learn the Diagnostic Criteria and Assessment Tools Required for Success. Elevate your practice with evidence-based approaches and prevention education.


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Addiction Counselor Education and Training

Online CASAC Section 1:

Introduction to Diagnostic Criteria

Our comprehensive Substance Use Counseling Course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to master the diagnostic criteria for successful treatment. From assessing various assessment instruments and diagnostic tools, including the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), International Classification of Diseases (ICD) standards, and the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), to understanding level of care determination tools like the OASAS LOCADTR and ASAM Patient Placement Criteria, we’ve got you covered.

With 6 clock hours of content, you’ll delve deep into the history and criteria of Substance Use Disorder, learn about the essential bio-psycho-social assessment, and explore additional screening and assessment tools. We will also guide you through the Addiction Severity Index and the ASAM Levels of Care, crucial components of effective treatment.

Enroll today and unlock the knowledge that will empower you to make a significant difference in the lives of individuals struggling with substance use. Become a certified Substance Use Disorder Counselor and advance your counseling career.

    Through lectures, readings, case studies, and interactive activities, students will understand the nature of addiction and the role of the substance use counselor. Upon completing the course, students will have the knowledge and skills to pursue further education and training in addiction counseling and related fields.

    Our online CASAC – both OASAS and NAADAC approve addiction counselor training.

    This training can be used towards initial CASAC education and training, CASAC, or NAADAC renewals.

      With Educational Enhancement, addiction counselor education and training isn’t complicated or stressful.

      Break into the field of substance use counseling from the comfort of your own home or favorite cafe.

      Study when the time is convenient for YOU.

      Register today for our approved distance learning- CASAC training and become the change your community needs.

      Who should take Introduction to Diagnostic Criteria?


      The Introduction to Diagnostic Criteria, an addiction counselor course, is an introductory CASAC training designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career as a substance use counselor. It also serves as a professional development training for substance use counselors credential renewal. The New York State Office approves the training of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and NAADAC.

      This course is also appropriate for individuals in related fields, such as social work, psychology, nursing, or mental health counseling, who want to expand their knowledge of substance use disorders and learn how to integrate addiction treatment into their practice.

      To become a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in New York State, individuals must complete 350 hours of training, including this Overview of Addiction course, 6,000 hours of supervised work experience, and pass a certification exam. Therefore, individuals interested in pursuing a career as a CASAC should consider taking this course as a first step in meeting the certification requirements.

      You will receive 6 clock hours for taking our self-study, self-paced, addictions counselor online training.

      Educational Enhancement’s OASAS-approved, online CASAC Section 1: Introduction to Diagnostic Criteria training fulfills NYS’s initial CASAC coursework requirement.

      Are you ready to be the CHANGE  your community needs?


      Fulfillment in any career starts with efficient education and training.

      Every day,  alcohol and drug counselors become a beacon for change in their clients’ lives.

      Educational Enhancement CASAC ONLINE is committed to providing you with the highest education and training standards for addiction counselors.

      Since 2002, Educational Enhancement has trained over 5,000 CASACs in NYS. OASAS approves our program in NYS (provider #0415) and nationally by NAADAC (#254148)

      Our online addiction counselor training program provides you with 500+ hours of knowledge, skills, and motivation to make a lasting impression on persons struggling in the throes of substance use disorder.

      Once inside our education and training program, you’ll obtain the insight, skills, and interventions to foster recovery and bolster autonomy in your clients. 

      A pad and pen are shown in the image to represent the diagnostic criteria used in screening for substance use.

      I’m probably one of the first students trained for the 350 hours of training.  I was confident when I went for my exam and passed on my first try.  I have been using them for re-credentialing since.  Everyone I have referred has been very happy with the Educational Enhancement’s CASAC Training and Renewal program.

      Malin Falu

      Clinical Directo; EECO Instructor, The PAC Program

      Online CASAC Section 1

      Introduction to Diagnostic Criteria

      Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed and confused about substance use counseling?

      Do you struggle to understand the complex diagnostic criteria and assessment tools necessary for successful treatment? It’s time to stop struggling and start mastering the puzzle of substance use counseling.

      Our comprehensive course will provide you with all the knowledge and skills you need to confidently navigate the diagnostic criteria and assessment tools used in the field.

      Whether you’re a seasoned professional looking to enhance your skills or a new student eager to learn, our course is designed to meet your needs.

      Enroll today and unlock the key to successful substance use counseling!

      I learned so much, from cultural diversity training to professional development. I work as a 1st responder, and the different things I read about and watched videos of helped me be more patient with colleagues and callers needing assistance.

      — Josette Beckles

      First Responder

      I found the training to be not only interesting but informative and helpful. I love the recovery field; therefore, I enjoy learning and did well with the training. As a visual learner, I respond well to visual teaching; therefore, the pre-recorded videos and added resources benefited me. I could download the workbooks and follow along with the videos while taking notes. I also liked repeating the questions in the final exam because the repetitive question from previous tests helped me learn.

      — Melinda Zox Stewart

      Mental health; recovery field

      This was a very comprehensive course, that seemed to cover every conceivable nuance related to being an Addictions Counselor. I say this as someone who has gone through the entire certification process once before, and as someone who has spent a few years working in the field in various roles.

      — James Flynn

      CRPA, RCP, & CASAC 350 Graduate

      Online CASAC Section 1

      Diversity of Intervention and Treatment Approaches

      With our comprehensive Substance Use Counseling Course, you can study from home at your own pace.

      Envision a life where you have the knowledge and skills to master the diagnostic criteria for successful treatment. Picture yourself confidently helping individuals overcome substance use disorders, utilizing various assessment instruments and diagnostic tools.

      From the current:

      • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) to the
      • International Classification of Diseases (ICD) standards and the
      • Addiction Severity Index (ASI)

      You’ll be equipped with the most up-to-date resources. Think about how this training can significantly improve your quality of life.

      Online learning offers several benefits that can enhance your personal and professional growth.

      You can:

      • Better balance education and personal life, allowing for optimal school-life balance.
      • Enjoy the flexibility of online courses means you can learn at your own pace, fitting your studies around your existing commitments.
      • Engage with the accessibility of top-tier education from anywhere.

      Enroll in our comprehensive Substance Use Counseling Course today and confidently employ diagnostic screening and assessment tools when working with your caseload.


      Introduction to Diagnostic Criteria Course Curriculum | Table of Contents

      Module 1: Substance Use Disorder History and Criteria

      Module 2. Diagnostic Tools Substance Use Disorder

      Module 3: The BioPsychoSocio Spiritual Assessment

      Module 4: Other Screening and Assessment Tools

      Module 5: Addiction Severity Index and The ASAM Levels of Care

      A pad and pen are shown in the image to represent the diagnostic criteria used in screening for substance use.


      Commit to professional development. Effective addiction counseling requires you to stay up-to-date with the latest substance use research and the most relevant clinical theories and interventions.

      Register and begin the Introduction to Diagnostic Criteria addiction counselor course. Enroll now and elevate your career to new heights with Educational Enhancement CASAC Online.

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