Liliane Drago serves as Director of Outreach Training Institute (OTI), the largest provider of CASAC training in New York State. Drago oversees the program in both its New York City and Long Island locations and offers her deep expertise as a member of the training faculty. Additionally, Drago facilitates trainings in the Institute’s professional development program and conducts workshops internally and at professional conferences.
Prior to Outreach, Drago was the Vice President and National Training Director for Phoenix House where she oversaw training and staff development as well as the adoption of evidence-based programs into those initiatives. At Phoenix House, she also directed the Riverside Center, a treatment program for employed adults with substance use disorders and their families, and was the Director of Ambulatory Programs with oversight for adolescent outpatient services.
Drago is CASAC-certified and is a NAADAC-certified Master Addiction Counselor (MAC). She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), a certified trainer on the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), and a training associate in Seeking Safety Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Drago is also an OASAS-certified trainer in SBIRT, and is certified in crisis prevention and de-escalation as well as cognitive mapping.
A published author, Drago co-authored the second edition of The Therapeutic Community for Drug Abuse Treatment: A Journey Yet Unfolding in the Recovery Movement in Addiction Medicine: Science and Practice (2010, 2017, in press), with David Deitch, PhD.
Drago holds a Master of Arts in Community Psychology from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Adelphi University. Additionally, she has served as an Adjunct Professor in Behavioral Sciences at Mercy College and the Substance Abuse Counseling Program at Kingsborough Community College.