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Free training program: alcohol and substance abuse counselor

For low income residents

March 13, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The Outreach Training Institute is offering scholarships and job placement assistance for its Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) training program to those who qualify as low income and meet certain other criteria.

Through a grant, those unemployed or earning less than $20,000 per year are eligible to enroll in the program which has locations in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Richmond Hill, Queens.

In addition to free tuition, students receive career development guidance through services including resume-writing workshops, vocational assistance, internship, and career placement.

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The scholarships are meant for low-income students and/or those with limited education, particularly those with a high school diploma or GED. Such candidates may be unemployed, working at low wage jobs, on public assistance or re-entering the workforce after a period of disability.

To date, more than two thousand people have taken advantage of the high quality training at Outreach. A large percentage have already graduated and moved on to jobs in the treatment field as substance abuse counselors.

The program includes 350 hours of classroom and hands-on training over tracks of 5- or 11- months, leading to fulfillment of all the course work required by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) for Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC).

Life Skills group job counseling, test prep and other services are also provided.

For more information, visit, or call (718) 847-9233, ext. 2382.


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