September Training Announcement – CASAC


“Spirituality & Addictions” will be offered through the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council (CASAC).

Sister Catherine Kanick, CASAC will present this training on Friday, September 20 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. This 3 hour course is scheduled to be offered at The First Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY (Near the College).

Our Presenter, Sister Catherine Kanick, CASAC, is from Rochester, NY.

She was a Counselor at Unity Health and retired as a Supervising Counselor after 10 years. She has been a Retreat Director for Men and Women in Recovery for the last 25 years. Sister Kay has presented several workshops on the following topics:  Alcohol and Substance abuse, 12 Step Recovery, Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA), Co-dependency, family issues and spirituality and addiction for Spiritual Directors.

Participants will have an opportunity to explore the importance of spirituality in the effective and holistic treatment of additions. Further, participants will learn useful methods of evoking spiritual beliefs and attitude from those they counsel while simultaneously remaining neutral and inquisitive to that process.

Counselors, Spiritual Directors, Clergy would be most interested in this training. Also this course is suitable for those seeking professional credentialing as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP) or Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS). The 3 hours CASAC/CPP/CPS (Sec.1) are approved by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.

The fee is $40 and pre-registration is required. Community members interested in the topic are welcome and encouraged to attend. To register for the above course or to learn more about other training offerings the Council may have available contact Kathleen Colby, Director of Training Services, 664-3608, kjcolby@casacweb.or visit our Web Site:

The Council offers a number of professional training opportunities throughout the year. Individualized on-site training, depending upon staff needs, is available.  All trainings can be designed either as an in-service training, conference or workshop.

Since 1974, Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC), a not-for-profit United Way partner agency, has been dedicated to providing prevention education and community awareness pertaining to alcohol, other drugs and compulsive gambling. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved and supported alcohol and other drug prevention agency in Chautauqua County. CASAC is one of forty community based councils across the state and one of over two-hundred nationwide. For further information about CASAC services, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608, or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623.