Mental Health Therapist Degrees/Requirements: New York State

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Mental Health Therapist Degrees/Requirements: New York State

Out of the nine mental health therapist degrees found in the mental health field only two have state specific degree requirements or degree requirements that differ in New York state. A master's in social work require a state specific amount of hours in fieldwork, while the licensed alcohol and drug counselor has a New York equivalent position called a CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor).

DEGREE: MASTER’S IN SOCIAL WORK
In New York state, the requirements for fieldwork are "a field practicum of at least 900 clock hours in social work integrated with the prescribed curricular content". This is the only state to state variant noted for this degree.
DEGREE: BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN RELATED FIELD, PLUS LADC ACQUIREMENT (LICENSED ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELOR)
To receive a CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) degree, the applicant must have 6,000 hours of work experience, or an educational equivalent. An associates "in an approved Human Services field" from an accredited educational institution "may be substituted for 1,000 hours of work experience", a bachelor's for 2,000, and a masters for 6,000. You are also required to have a minimum of 350 hours of training and education. In addition, they must have at least "300 hours of Supervised Practical Training" and no less than a "weekly, on-site and documented clinical supervision by a QHP".


CONCLUSION
Master's degree requirements vary from state to state, and in New York it requires 900 hours of social work. The other degree that differs in New York is not just a case of details changing, but of an entirely different accreditation. While serving the same purpose as a LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor), CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) is unique. All but these two mental health therapist degrees have the same requirements state to state.
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