Office of Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse Services


Training Manuals

The Learning and Development Unit creates and adapts state-of-the art training manuals that promote knowledge and skill development among direct care workers and administrators in the alcoholism and substance abuse services field, based on identified need. These training manuals are used by qualified OASAS-certified trainers in presenting training programs.  OASAS updates the manuals periodically and also expects that trainers will review information prior to delivery and integrate updated materials as needed. 

The Learning and Development Unit identifies the need for new training curricula by routinely reviewing: the CASAC, CPP and CPS education and training requirements; priorities identified by OASAS management; feedback from the field; and input received from participants in past trainings. The following are the steps in this process:

Learning and Development Unit staff and OASAS contract consultants:

  • develop course goals and objectives for each new training curriculum;
  • conduct a literature search and consult with experts in the field to collect the most up-to-date, research-based information to use in the development of the content of the training curriculum;
  • organize this information into a course outline;
  • develop the content of the training curriculum and related exercises which support the course outline;
  • pilot the curriculum on a regional basis, to measure the effectiveness of the course. Based on evaluation and feedback from the pilots, the content of the training curriculum and related exercises are appropriately revised;
  • develop a Training Manual, incorporating the content of the training curriculum, related exercises, a resource guide and trainer notes; and
  • provide technical assistance to organizations wishing to develop addiction-specific curricula, as well as to individuals and organizations requiring consultation in developing effective techniques to deliver training programs.

Individuals may obtain copies of any of the OASAS training manuals in an electronic format.  These OASAS training manuals were developed strictly as trainer resources and are not recommended for independent study.  Individuals seeking CASAC/CPP/CPS credentialing clock hours should not use this material independently and are encouraged to use the Free Learning and Development Resources, Training Catalog and/or the Addiction Medicine Free Educational Series, instead.

Many of the OASAS training manuals can be obtained from the Institute for Research, Education & Training in the addictions archives. We encourage interested individuals to obtain these materials from IRETA, free of charge.

For manuals that are not available through IRETA, please email a separate request for each manual to  The electronic manual files (Adobe PDF format) will be attached to the reply email.  As these files are quite large, please be sure to remove each PDF file from your mailbox, prior to making an additional request to avoid filling up your mailbox. Please refer to the current list of Training Manuals available from OASAS.

For further information, please contact: OASAS’ Bureau of Talent Management and Fiscal Evaluation - Learning and Development Unit at (518) 485-2027.