Substance Use


The Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling (MHSAC) allows students who are enrolled in the General Psychology Master’s Program at the New School for Social Research (NSSR) the option to gain knowledge and experience related to the treatment of substance misuse and other risky behaviors. By drawing on the strengths of the existing MA Program in General Psychology at NSSR, the MHSAC meets the current and anticipated need for training professionals in the field of substance abuse treatment, particularly with respect to issues of dual diagnosis, assessment, harm reduction approaches, and program evaluation.

The curriculum fulfills the academic eligibility requirements to sit for the New York State Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate (CASAC) examination. Students are eligible upon graduation from the CMHSAC to apply to New York State for a CASAC-Trainee (CASAC-T) certificate.

Like the General MA in Psychology, the MHSAC concentration requires completion of 30 credits, with the following three required courses:

  • Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Advanced Issues in Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Psychopathology III