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About Educational Enhancement

Meet Our CASAC Training Team

Educational Enhancement CASAC Training Online is based out of NYC. We are renowned providers of distance learning coursework, nationally recognized for individuals seeking certification and recertification in the substance use recovery field.

Our distance learning courses are offered under the Office of Addiction Supports and Services (OASAS) Provider #0415, the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #254148, and the Georgia International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) state board. These credentials ensure the quality and credibility of our educational programs.

 

Encourage. Educate. Empower.

Meet Our CASAC TrAining Team

We are dedicated to delivering you the highest quality substance use counseling education and training through our online training portal.

Our CASAC training team will provide you with the knowledge and abilities to deliver outstanding counseling services for substance use.

Through our comprehensive hybrid education and training program in drug counseling, we will empower you with a deep understanding of recovery-focused systems of care.

Because our CASAC training is based in NYC, we are affiliated with many treatment programs, so we can offer assistance in finding your first entry-level internships, too.

Our unwavering commitment lies in ensuring that we equip you with the essential knowledge and resources, enabling you to make a positive impact and bring about the much-needed transformation in your community.

Maria Mendez Founder and CEO of educational Enhancement CASAC Online Training

Maria Mendez; Advanced CASAC

Maria Mendez founded Educational Enhancement in 2002, and has been training CASACs since the programs inception. Since then, she has offered CASAC training in NYC to well over 5000  students. In her career as an Advanced CASAC, Ms. Mendez has over 20 years of experience overseeing the daily operations of multiple locations certified by NYS OASAS. Her roles include establishing program development, expansion, service delivery, regulatory compliance, and developing and implementing program policies and operations standards with the regulatory guidelines and insurance companies— developing relationships with other community-based organizations.
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John Makohen; MA, Advanced CASAC, RCP

John is passionate about providing new or seasoned clinicians with online addiction counselor education and CASAC training material and resources. He is here to support and motivate your professional development and career as a clinician. John enjoys encouraging others to put their self-care first and professional development. When working in the field, he focuses on harm reduction, medicated supported recovery, and meets his clients where they are.
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Gerald Rhett; Ph.D., LCSW, CADC-II, SAP, CCS

Gerald Rhett oversees our Georgia CADC  certification programGerald has been a passionate and seasoned professional in the recovery field since 1989. With extensive expertise in clinical supervision, program development, implementation, and evaluation, he is the ideal mentor for your journey.

Dr. Rhett’s dedication to recovery and education is evident as he will support you while obtaining your Georgia CADC certification. His unique ability to blend a humanistic approach with strong leadership skills sets him apart, making him a truly exceptional mentor.

Under his guidance, you’ll not only gain innovative and practical solutions but also be exposed to modern technology integrated with evidence-based theoretical frameworks.

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Malin Falu; BA, Advanced CASAC

Malin Falu has been a Credentialed Substance use Counselor since 2009. Her journey in addiction treatment started as an intern. I was passionate about helping people and was intrigued by the field. Like many others, Malin completed 350 hours of drug counselor training in NYC at Educational Enhancement. She learned vital skills to start her career.

Throughout Malin’s 17 years in addiction treatment, She has had the opportunity to enhance her skills in various positions like reception, intake, counseling, auditing, leadership, and management. Today, she is an instructor at the very school that trained her. It has been a fantastic journey so far.

Malin encourages all students to begin their journey no matter where they are. By completing this CASAC training, you’ll have the chance to save lives and contribute to helping those who struggle with substance use disorder.

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Sheila Mashack; LMHC, Advanced CASAC

Meet Sheila Mashack, a Licensed Mental Health, Certified Rehabilitation, and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. Sheila works with our CASAC training and HRSA grant students. She has spent the past 25+ years working as a therapist, supervisor, director, grant writer, and consultant with nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the behavioral health field. Sheila is the President of Futuristic Goals, founded in 2000. This company operates in the Health and Human Services industry, providing professional consultant, grant writing services, training, career coaching, and clinical supervision to individuals seeking their licenses in mental health counseling. She has also worked as a peer reviewer for many years, reviewing proposals for Federal, State, and City grantmakers. Today, Sheila works as a Consultant, Therapist, and Career Coach.
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Tracey Walton BA, Advanced CASAC

Meet Tracey Walton. Tracey has over 20 years of experience working with Transitional Aged Youth. In 2016, she recognized the importance of gaining insight and expertise with SUD populations. She is currently employed as a Coordinator for the YPRP program. Tracey is a supportive mentor/coach who works with the learners while participating in the HRSA Grant CASAC training program.
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Eddie Yang; Social Media Marketing Manager

Meet Eddie Yang, a talented and creative Social Media Marketing Manager with expertise in managing Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts, executing successful Google and Facebook Ads, and SEO keyword campaigns. His passion lies in developing effective content strategies that engage audiences and drive meaningful results. As a Social Media Marketing Manager, he creates, plans, and optimizes content across various platforms. With a keen eye for detail, Eddie develops content calendars that incorporate a mix of engaging text, eye-catching images, captivating videos, and compelling stories that align with the brand’s identity.
Chantay Jones CASAC Training hybrid instructor led facilitator for bHWET HRSA Grant students

Chantay Jones MA, Advanced CASAC

Chantay Jones, a passionate New Yorker, has dedicated over 30 years to social services. She co-created Youth Build USA and has worked in areas such as substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, women’s health, and mental health. With a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership, she empowers women through her transformative 9-week course, Sheroes Grief Journey. Ms. Jones believes in the power of resilience and mentors others to thrive. She facilitates our CASAC Training instructor-led hybrid training for BHWET HRSA Grant Recipients.
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Welcome to Education Enhancement CASAC Online

Embark on a transformative journey in addiction counseling from the comfort of your home. Our expert-led online program offers comprehensive training for a fulfilling career. Enroll today and make a difference in people’s lives!

OASAS-Approved NYS CASAC Training

State of Georgia Approved CADC and CAC Education and Training Provider

Tennessee Approved LADC Education and Training Provider

North Carolina Approved CSAC Education and Training Provider

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If you have a question about CASAC online training or CASAC renewal online ask it here.
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What our students say about our CASAC training:

My stepsons’ struggles with drugs and alcohol ended badly. So, I decided to become a CASAC  to make a difference. I was fortunate to discover Educational Enhancement’s online CASAC training. Their mission is to “ENCOURAGE. EDUCATE. EMPOWER.” And they exceeded their promise with an approved, web-based education and training program that embraces learning principles. It made learning fun and efficient.  Thanks to their support, I completed my Coursework ahead of schedule.
I’ve spent most of my career in the knowledge business, teaching college and
grad students, accountants, and attorneys. Additionally, I’ve trained many employees as a director of training and development for my Behavioral Consulting firm. So, I’m
speaking from experience when I say that Maria Mendez, John Makohen, and their Educational Enhancement team is doing a great job changing the world — one addiction counselor at a
time. BRAVO!

— Burton M. Fischler

MPsych, Author of THE GIFT: TRAUMA TO TRIUMPH.

I recently finished OASAS CASAC training for Section 4 with Educational Enhancement CASAC online. The distance learning classes are wonderfully written and easy to understand, and you can feel the passion for helping others succeed put into this work. When I asked questions about the information, Johnny was quick to reply and help me out. The trainings were set up to work at my speed -between work and school. The information went above and beyond and was taught in a way that sticks in your mind. Thank you.
I will come back for renewal hours once I’m a CASAC.

— Allie Patat

CASAC Student

This has been an incredible journey and I am so very glad that I have completed this program. I’ve been wanting to do this for so very long, but couldn’t find a way to do it, due to work conflicts. Just so grateful. Thank you so much! 🙂
— Margaret Reinold

CASAC 350 Graduate

I found the CASAC Online training to be not only exciting but informative and helpful. I love the recovery field; therefore, I enjoy learning and do well with the training. As a visual learner, I respond well to visual teaching; thus, 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

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

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