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Enroll Today in Our Comprehensive Substance Use Counseling Course—Knowledge of the Steps and Mutual Aid Groups.

OASAS-Approved CASAC Section 1 Addiction Counselor Course

The Comprehensive Course for understanding and utilizing your Knowledge of the Steps and Mutual Aid Groups so you can elevate your clinical strengths and client skills.


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Addiction Counselor Education and Training

Online CASAC Section 1:

Knowledge of the 12 Steps & Mutual Aid

Are your clients battling addiction in isolation? Elevate their recovery journey with the power of community and peer support.

Dive into our OASAS Section 1, SUD Counseling Course: Knowledge of the 12 Steps & Mutual Aid course. Explicitly designed for substance use counseling professionals like you, this program dives deep into the history and nuances of self-help strategies.

Master the 12 Steps, discover the potential of mutual aid groups, and amplify the effectiveness of peer-based fellowships.

This comprehensive course is designed to provide a historical overview of the self-help movement and equip you with the knowledge and tools to utilize mutual aid groups in your client’s journey towards a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. This course covers everything from understanding the principles and practices of the 12 Steps to exploring other peer-based fellowships and mutual aid groups. 

Equip yourself with the knowledge to revolutionize your clients’ recovery lifestyle. Transform lives. Enroll now and be the change-maker in their recovery story.

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 Knowledge of the 12 Steps & Mutual Aid?


The Knowledge of the 12 Steps & Mutual Aid, 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 4 clock hours for taking our self-study, self-paced, addictions counselor online training.

Educational Enhancement’s OASAS-approved, online CASAC Section 1: Knowledge of the 12 Steps & Mutual Aid 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 stairway makes the triangle which represents the 12 steps of alcoholics anonymous

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

Knowledge of the 12 Steps & Mutual Aid

Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed and confused about peer support and how it works??

Do you struggle with the terminology, the nuances, and the overall purpose of 12 Step and other Mutual Aid groups? It’s time to stop struggling and start mastering the puzzle of substance use counseling.

Our comprehensive course on Knowledge of the 12 Steps and Mutual Aid Groups is here to help you dive deep into the history, theory, principles, and practices of the 12 Steps and other mutual aid groups.  You’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to guide individuals through recovery and offer effective, holistic care.

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

Knowledge of the 12 Steps & Mutual Aid

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

Envision a life where you know the 12 Steps & Mutual Aid for successful treatment. Picture yourself confidently helping individuals overcome substance use disorders, utilizing various forms of peer support and fellowship.

What you’ll learn from this training:

  • Gain comprehensive knowledge of the history, philosophy, and principles of the 12 Steps and mutual aid groups.
  • Learn about mutual aid groups such as AA, NA, SMART Recovery, and Refuge Recovery.
  • Discover the importance of sober support group membership and guidelines for attending 12-step meetings.
  • Understand the role and benefits of self-help and other recovery options in maintaining a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle.
  • Explore the various types of peer-based fellowships and mutual aid groups available.
  • Dive into the teachings of The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous and its significance in recovery.

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.


Knowledge of the 12 Steps & Mutual Aid Course Curriculum | Table of Contents

Module 1: Introduction—William White: An Introduction to Mutual Support Groups for Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

In this module, you will read an essay by Addiction Recovery historian William White.

Module 2: 12 Steps – Historical  Perspective

In this module, we will look at AA’s evolution from its early conception and break away from the Oxford Group.

Module 3: The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

Module 3’s title gives away its objective, which is to dive into the holy bible of AA groups worldwide – .(even though It’s not really all that big). It is called The Big Blue Book of AA.

Module 4: The Twelve-Step Meetings Guidelines

Module 4 will introduce you to different types of AA meetings, the guidelines AA follows, and the importance of sober support group membership.


In module 5, we will examine the many branches of Anonymous meetings, other religious support groups, non-secular support groups, and mutual aid societies.

A stairway makes the triangle which represents the 12 steps of alcoholics anonymous


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 Knowledge of the 12 Steps & Mutual Aid addiction counselor course. Enroll now and elevate your career to new heights with Educational Enhancement CASAC Online.

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