Addiction doesn't discriminate as to race, gender, ethnic background or social status. As a result, the need for Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC) has never been greater.
“There is a strong need for professionally trained counselors in today's society,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center (TRTC) in Amherst. “There will always be a need for counselors as a growing number of people struggle with addiction.”
TRTC is the only stand-alone program in Western New York to offer the 350 hours of chemical dependency education approved by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The organization also offers individual classes for those who are re-credentialing.
The 350-hour training program is offered during evening classes over a 13-month period. The total cost of the program is just $2,500, payable in small monthly increments.
“People enroll in the CASAC training program for a wide variety of reasons,” added Farrar. “Some people want to learn about addiction because they have a family member addicted, while others are in recovery from substance use and want to receive training so that they can help others in the community who are struggling with addiction. Others already have a degree but become more marketable with the CASAC credential.”
Participants entering the program are required to have a high school diploma or GED. When training has been completed, employment opportunities can often be found in clinics, hospitals, veteran facilities, halfway houses, prisons and parishes.
For more information, please call 983-2258, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wnyresourcetraining.org. You can also follow The Resource Training Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Resource-Training-Center/112019195650348.
The Resource Training Center is conveniently located in the Harlem Road Community Center at 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. Other programs offered through TRTC include the New York State Drinking Driver Program and Alive at 25, a unique program that teaches young drivers to change their approach to driving by placing greater emphasis on making good decisions that will keep them safe on the road.