Professional Development: Training Calendar on OTI Campuses

Professional Development Courses are offered throughout the year at OTI’s Richmond Hill, Queens and Brentwood, Long Island campuses. The Institute’s renowned faculty are also available to provide training “off campus” in settings within the community: schools, social service organizations, healthcare facilities, and more. If you and your employer are interested in hosting a professional development training at your workplace, please review our course listings for more information.

To register for a professional development course on our campuses, please download and complete a registration form. *Please note that effective July 1, 2018, prices for OTI’s professional development courses have changed.

SeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMay • June

September

Identification and Intervening with Usage Cues and Cravings (3 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

This presentation will first focus on some of the underlying factors which lead to substance cravings, then suggest concrete strategies which clients might use to address both cues and cravings.

  • Date:  Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse (3 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

This review will look at factors which have led to the recent increase in prescription and over-the counterdrug use and abuse, some of the more popular choices, special treatment considerations, and community/family responses.

  • Date:  Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

October

Writing a Billable Progress Note (3 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

This course will teach participants the elements of a good progress note that includes the criteria required by Medicaid and other payers. Participants will learn to write exactly what is needed for reimbursement and to be more efficient in their documentation by eliminating unnecessary verbiage.

  • Date:  Friday, October 5, 2018
  • Time:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Clinical Supervision Foundations II (16 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

This course will focus on clinical supervision in substance use disorder treatment. This 16- hour classroom training is part 2 of the OASAS approved Clinical Supervision Foundations, and fulfills the Clinical Supervision training requirement as stated in the Substance Use Disorder Counselor Scope of Practice.   Participants must complete the 14 hour on-line Clinical Supervision Foundations I course prior to taking this course and submit their certificate at registration.

This course will review the role of the supervisor, definitions of clinical supervision, models of supervision, the supervisory alliance, modalities and methods of supervision, assessment resources, performance evaluation, and counselor development.

  • Dates/Times: Wednesday, October 10 & October 17, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Wednesday, October 24, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
  • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, LI Campus
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Issues in Working with the DWI/DUI Offender (3 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

This presentation will look at issues specific to working with DWI/DUI client, including NY State DWI laws as they pertain to mandated screening or assessment for a possible substance abuse problem, differentiating screening from assessment, understanding blood alcohol content (BAC) and factors which can impact a BAC level, and treatment issues.

  • Date:  Friday, October 19, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Developments in the Field of Substance Abuse: 2018-19 Update (3 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

This presentation will provide a wide-ranging update to substance abuse service providers who work in clinical, supervisory and/or administrative roles. Areas covered include developments in treatment, research, drug trends, funding, legal and regulatory issues and professional development.

  • Date:  Friday, October 19, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

November

Motivational Interviewing (12 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

If you work with clients, patients or staff members who seem unmotivated to change, adding motivational interviewing to your repertoire of skills may be very helpful.  Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based practice that helps individuals resolve the ambivalence that often underlies the reluctance to make life changes.  In clinical work, it is particularly useful when working with those who come into treatment under coercion or otherwise seem resistant to change.  Similarly, motivational interviewing can be very effective in the supervision of staff.   The course teaches the core theory, assumptions, spirit, and fundamental skills of MI.  Didactic presentation, discussion, film, and “real play” practice is used.

  • Date:  Friday, November 9 & Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation
  • Special note: advanced training will be offered in the winter as a follow up for those who want to work on MI proficiency! See 2019 courses below.

Seeking Safety Therapy for the Integrated Treatment of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders (6 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

This training will prepare participants to implement Seeking Safety therapy, an evidence-based, manualized, cognitive-behavioral treatment for substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  This therapy can be used with clients with either or both disorders, and is present-focused, meaning that trauma details are not explored as part of the treatment.

The training includes the clinical definition of trauma, the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic disorder, and a review of simple and complex PTSD.  The effects of trauma on psychological, emotional, social, and neuropsychological functioning will be examined.  Stages of trauma recovery will be presented along with corresponding treatment approaches.  Participants will learn the principles and protocol for Seeking Safety therapy, observe a real Seeking Safety session on video, and have the opportunity to practice core activities in Seeking Safety.

  • Date:  Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, LI Campus
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute Outreach Development Corporation
  • *Note: registration needs to be facilitated on the Treatment Innovations website.

Brief Interventions (3 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

Brief interventions are short‑term services provided to individuals engaged in risky substance use. They can provide education on risks and opportunities to change behavior outside of a formal “treatment” setting. This presentation will identify the most appropriate candidates, share interventions and exercises which might be used in this short‑term context and review proper documentation.

  • Date:  Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Models of Alcoholism and Addiction (3 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

There are numerous models of addiction’s causation with implications for how individuals, professionals, organizations and society will therefore address the problem. This review will look at a dozen different models and regard how each model would seek to intervene and treat individuals with addictive disorders.  The role of “Faith‑based” recovery will also be discussed.

  • Date:  Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

December

Clinical Supervision Foundations II (16 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

This course will focus on clinical supervision in substance use disorder treatment. This 16- hour classroom training is part 2 of the OASAS approved Clinical Supervision Foundations, and fulfills the Clinical Supervision training requirement as stated in the Substance Use Disorder Counselor Scope of Practice.   Participants must complete the 14 hour on-line Clinical Supervision Foundations I course prior to taking this course and submit their certificate at registration.

This course will review the role of the supervisor, definitions of clinical supervision, models of supervision, the supervisory alliance, modalities and methods of supervision, assessment resources, performance evaluation, and counselor development.

  • Dates/Times: Friday, November 30 &  December 7, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Friday, December 14, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
  • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Motivational Interviewing (12 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

If you work with clients, patients or staff members who seem unmotivated to change, adding motivational interviewing to your repertoire of skills may be very helpful.  Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based practice that helps individuals resolve the ambivalence that often underlies the reluctance to make life changes.  In clinical work, it is particularly useful when working with those who come into treatment under coercion or otherwise seem resistant to change.  Similarly, motivational interviewing can be very effective in the supervision of staff.   The course teaches the core theory, assumptions, spirit, and fundamental skills of MI.  Didactic presentation, discussion, film, and “real play” practice is used.

  • Date:  Wednesday,  December 5 & Wednesday, December 12, 2018
  • Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, LI Campus
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation
  • Special note: advanced training will be offered in the winter as a follow up for those who want to work on MI proficiency! See 2019 courses below.

Evidence Based Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations (3 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations describes treatment principles and research findings of particular relevance to the criminal justice community and treatment professionals working with drug abusing offenders.  This presentation will review each of the 13 principles and discuss their possible implications for working with substance abusers with criminal justice involvement.

  • Date:  Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Brief Interventions (3 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

Brief interventions are short‑term services provided to individuals engaged in risky substance use. They can provide education on risks and opportunities to change behavior outside of a formal “treatment” setting. This presentation will identify the most appropriate candidates, share interventions and exercises which might be used in this short‑term context and review proper documentation.

  • Date:  Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

January

Master’s Class in Motivational Interviewing – 5 three-hour sessions (15 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This class is for individuals who have been trained in MI and want to enhance their skills as clinicians and/or for supervisors who want to use MI in supervision and/or to coach supervisees to use MI.  Typically, the two day workshop teaches people the fundamentals of MI, but does not enable people to use MI with proficiency.  The master’s class is geared to practice, feedback, and skill development.  It will include practice using MI in real world applications and with simulated clients.  Additionally, participants will bring in examples of the use of MI in their work and will assess their skills, receive coaching, and make improvements where needed.  The pre-requisite for this course is a two-day motivational interviewing workshop taken in the last year, preferably taught by a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

  • Dates/Times: Wednesday, January 9 & 23, February 6 & 20 and, March 6, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Evidence Based Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations describes treatment principles and research findings of particular relevance to the criminal justice community and treatment professionals working with drug abusing offenders.  This presentation will review each of the 13 principles and discuss their possible implications for working with substance abusers with criminal justice involvement.

  • Date:  Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Confidentiality Issues in the Substance Abuse Setting (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This will be a review of the relevant federal confidentiality laws (CFR 42, HIPAA) as they apply to the provision of substance abuse services.

  • Date:  Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Current Issues in Ethical Decision Making and Conduct (6 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This course reviews the ethical principles, canons, and obligations of those in the helping professions and outlines the parameters of appropriate professional boundaries.  In small groups, participants examine case vignettes depicting ethical and professional boundary dilemmas, including those involving technology and social media, and evaluate them using an ethical problem-solving model, then discuss their conclusions with the larger group.

  • Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Alexis Gadsden, LMSW, Quality Assurance/Compliance Officer, Outreach Development Corporation

Mapping-Enhanced Counseling:   The Texas Christian University (TCU) Evidence-Based Practices for Substance Use Disorders (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)  

This course will introduce participants to the evidence-based interventions developed by the Institute for Behavioral Research at TCU and the use of cognitive mapping. Cognitive mapping is a method for visually representing problems, issues, and potential solutions in counseling that has been shown to improve focus and memory, problem solving, communication, engagement, participation, and counselor-client rapport.  Participants will practice cognitive mapping using selected exercises in the manuals as they may be used in individual and group counseling sessions, and will be introduced to the series of treatment manuals that are available for free on the TCU IBR website.

  • Date: Thursday,  January 17, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Overview of Best Practices in Group Counseling  (6 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This course reviews the strategies and activities that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of group counseling in substance abuse treatment.  This training is conducted as a group and as such participants are able to experience the group process as a force for motivation and change.  The appropriate role of the group facilitator, setting up and preparing for a group, group selection, group stages, facilitation skills, effective opening and closing strategies are discussed and the latter practiced.  Activities for CBT and motivational groups will be reviewed and worked with.  The course will include didactic instruction, experiential exercises, and real group practice.

  • Date: Thursday,  January 24, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 am  – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Cultural Competency (3 CASAC, SW and LMHC hours)

The focus of this course will be the development of cultural competence in counseling, which includes an understanding of how cultural issues impact the therapeutic relationship and treatment outcomes. The practice of cultural humility and cultural self -awareness will also be introduced as a way of understanding some of the nuances of cultural competence and truly working with clients in a manner that is culturally responsive and effective.

  • Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Alexis Gadsden, LMSW, Quality Assurance/Compliance Officer, Outreach Development Corporation

February

Addiction Medications (3 CASAC, SW, and LMHC hours)

The increasing emphasis and use of medication in the treatment of substance use disorders necessitates the treatment professional developing some familiarity with the variety of medications currently available.  This presentation will review these various medications as well as concurrent clinical issues which might arise for the non-prescribing clinician who seeks to support medication assisted treatment.

  • Date:  Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Conducting a Relapse Analysis (3 CASAC, SW, and LMHC hours)

Relapse is a common occurrence in alcohol and substance abuse treatment.  Unfortunately, patients (and sometimes treatment providers) can mystify the relapse process and miss an opportunity to help honor the nature of their addiction and better understand their full recovery needs.  After examining the relapse process, we will learn ways to help the patient review a relapse so that greater understanding of individualized recovery goals is gained.

  • Date:  Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Enhancing Client Engagement and Compliance (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This course will focus on how to effectively engage clients into treatment and use evidenced-based strategies shown to increase retention. Strategies to develop rapport, address client anxieties and apprehensions about treatment, increase motivation, collaboratively establish treatment goals, and establish a working alliance will be examined.  Participants will practice using some of these strategies in counseling simulations.

  • Date: Wednesday,  February 13, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Crisis Prevention and De-Escalation (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours) 

This course teaches participants to use Nonviolent Crisis Intervention by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI). Participants learn to appropriately intervene at every level of a crisis, with emphasis on the identification of the early stages of a crisis and how to prevent its escalation. The use of verbal de-escalation techniques is introduced and practiced. The overarching priority of this approach is to keep both clients and staff safe.

  • Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Clinical Supervision Foundations II (16 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

This course will focus on clinical supervision in substance use disorder treatment. This 16- hour classroom training is part 2 of the OASAS approved Clinical Supervision Foundations, and fulfills the Clinical Supervision training requirement as stated in the Substance Use Disorder Counselor Scope of Practice.   Participants must complete the 14 hour on-line Clinical Supervision Foundations I course prior to taking this course and submit their certificate at registration.

This course will review the role of the supervisor, definitions of clinical supervision, models of supervision, the supervisory alliance, modalities and methods of supervision, assessment resources, performance evaluation, and counselor development.

  • Dates/Times: Thursday, February 14 & February 21 and, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Thursday, February 28, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Person-Centered Treatment Planning and Clinical Documentation (6 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

The need for effective clinical documentation has never been greater as substance abuse treatment providers are increasingly required to provide justification of services provided by payers, and regulatory and accrediting bodies. This training will teach you to document the medical necessity of treatment and how to develop a person-centered treatment plan that accurately addresses clients’ needs and gets them engaged in their recovery process. You will learn the fundamental elements of a good treatment plan and practice using each on a sample case. How to write billable progress notes concisely will be demonstrated and practiced, so you will learn exactly what should be documented and how to avoid writing more than needed. A discharge plan and summary will be completed on the case that will demonstrate the concept of “the golden thread” in clinical documentation.

  • Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

March

Psychological Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (3 CASAC, SW and LMHC hours)

This course will provide an understanding for all staff members who work in substance use disorder treatment and have client contact, regardless of role.  The goal of the course is to help sensitize participants to the impact trauma has on clients and how to interact with clients in a trauma-informed manner.   The definition of trauma, its signs and symptoms, and its pervasive impact on individuals will be explored.  Principles of trauma-informed care will be presented and participants will discuss how to apply these to their work settings.

  • Date:  Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time:  1:00 pm  – 4:00pm
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Overview of the Neurobiology of Addiction and Implications for Practice (3 CASAC, SW and LMHC hours)

This presentation is designed to help service providers develop a basic understanding of the current thinking regarding the neurobiology of addiction, especially with regard to neurotransmitter modification, neuroplasticity during drug use, and possible functional brain changes as a result of chronic drug use.  Clinical interventions with chronic drug users are discussed in light of this framework.

  • Date:  Friday, March 22, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

From Banana Peels to Morning Glory Seeds to Bath Salts: Legal, Semi Legal and Is It Legal? Highs Now, Then and To Come (3 CASAC, SW and LMHC hours)

Various drug fads (from banana peels to morning glory seeds to “Bath Salts’) and means to intoxication have existed alongside more popular drugs of choice.  Most have to do with novel substances, altered versions of banned drugs and/or unique combinations.  This review will look at some historical and current “legal highs”, legal concerns, future possibilities and provider responses.

  • Date:  Friday, March 22, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time:  1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Master’s Class in Motivational Interviewing – 5 three-hour sessions (15 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This class is for individuals who have been trained in MI and want to enhance their skills as clinicians and/or for supervisors who want to use MI in supervision and/or to coach supervisees to use MI.  Typically, the two day workshop teaches people the fundamentals of MI, but does not enable people to use MI with proficiency.  The master’s class is geared to practice, feedback, and skill development.  It will include practice using MI in real world applications and with simulated clients.  Additionally, participants will bring in examples of the use of MI in their work and will assess their skills, receive coaching, and make improvements where needed.  The pre-requisite for this course is a two-day motivational interviewing workshop taken in the last year, preferably taught by a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

  • Dates/Times: Thursday, March 21, April 4 & 18, May 2 & May 16, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Mapping-Enhanced Counseling:   The Texas Christian University (TCU) Evidence-Based Practices for Substance Use Disorders (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This course will introduce participants to the evidence-based interventions developed by the Institute for Behavioral Research at TCU and the use of cognitive mapping. Cognitive mapping is a method for visually representing problems, issues, and potential solutions in counseling that has been shown to improve focus and memory, problem solving, communication, engagement, participation, and counselor-client rapport.  Participants will practice cognitive mapping using selected exercises in the manuals as they may be used in individual and group counseling sessions, and will be introduced to the series of treatment manuals that are available for free on the TCU IBR website.

  • Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, LI Campus
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

April

Identification and Intervening with Usage Cues and Cravings (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This presentation will first focus on some of the underlying factors which lead to substance cravings, then suggest concrete strategies which patients might use to address both cues and cravings.

  • Date:  Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

From Painkillers to Heroin ‑ The Changing Face of Opioid Addiction (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

As we face a significant resurgence of opioid usage, this presentation will first ask “how did we get here?” and look at the links between prescription painkillers and heroin use. We will then consider how some of today’s prescription painkiller and heroin abusers reflect a changing demographic and clinical profile, the rise of opioid analogs, and the implications for treatment and recovery.

  • Date:  Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Overview of Best Practices in Group Counseling  (6 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This course reviews the strategies and activities that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of group counseling in substance abuse treatment.  This training is conducted as a group and as such participants are able to experience the group process as a force for motivation and change.  The appropriate role of the group facilitator, setting up and preparing for a group, group selection, group stages, facilitation skills, effective opening and closing strategies are discussed and the latter practiced.  Activities for CBT and motivational groups will be reviewed and worked with.  The course will include didactic instruction, experiential exercises, and real group practice.

  • Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 am  – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, LI Campus
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

May

Marijuana ‑ A Review  (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

The current movement to medicalize and commercialize marijuana invites further understanding of this drug as it enters further into the social mainstream.  This presentation intends to provide a review of the drug’s pharmacology, administration methods, effects, cannabis analogs and treatment strategies. It will also explore the medical marijuana debate as well as concurrent public health issues.

  • Date:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Working with Alcohol and Substance Abusers Who Are Unable to Sustain Abstinence  (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

Many people making recovery attempts, whether through treatment or other means, find themselves unable to sustain long term abstinence.  These “chronic” patients are a source of frustration to treatment staff and others.  Mere repetition of past interventions with the patient is often unproductive.  The workshop will provide a framework to identify and address possible hidden factors which have been obstacles to sustained abstinence.

  • Date:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Seeking Safety Therapy for the Integrated Treatment of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders  (6 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This training will prepare participants to implement Seeking Safety therapy, an evidence-based, manualized, cognitive-behavioral treatment for substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  This therapy can be used with clients with either or both disorders, and is present-focused, meaning that trauma details are not explored as part of the treatment.

The training includes the clinical definition of trauma, the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic disorder, and a review of simple and complex PTSD.  The effects of trauma on psychological, emotional, social, and neuropsychological functioning will be examined.  Stages of trauma recovery will be presented along with corresponding treatment approaches.  Participants will learn the principles and protocol for Seeking Safety therapy, observe a real Seeking Safety session on video, and have the opportunity to practice core activities in Seeking Safety.

  • Date:  Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

June

Clinical Supervision Foundations II (16 CASAC hours, SW and LMHC hours)

This course will focus on clinical supervision in substance use disorder treatment. This 16- hour classroom training is part 2 of the OASAS approved Clinical Supervision Foundations, and fulfills the Clinical Supervision training requirement as stated in the Substance Use Disorder Counselor Scope of Practice.   Participants must complete the 14 hour on-line Clinical Supervision Foundations I course prior to taking this course and submit their certificate at registration.

This course will review the role of the supervisor, definitions of clinical supervision, models of supervision, the supervisory alliance, modalities and methods of supervision, assessment resources, performance evaluation, and counselor development.

  • Dates/Times: Wednesday, June 5 and June 12, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Wednesday, June 19,  2019, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
  • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, LI Campus
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Confidentiality Issues in the Substance Abuse Setting (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This will be a review of the relevant federal confidentiality laws (CFR 42, HIPAA) as they apply to the provision of substance abuse services.

  • Date:  Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Prescription & Over the Counter Drug Abuse (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This review will look at factors which have led to the recent increase in prescription and over‑the counter drug use and abuse, some of the more popular choices, special treatment considerations, and community/family responses.

  • Date:  Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Current Issues in Ethical Decision Making and Conduct (6 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This course reviews the ethical principles, canons, and obligations of those in the helping professions and outlines the parameters of appropriate professional boundaries.  In small groups, participants examine case vignettes depicting ethical and professional boundary dilemmas, including those involving technology and social media, and evaluate them using an ethical problem-solving model, then discuss their conclusions with the larger group.

  • Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Alexis Gadsden, LMSW, Quality Assurance/Compliance Officer, Outreach Development Corporation

Cultural Competency (3 CASAC, SW and LMHC hours)

The focus of this course will be the development of cultural competence in counseling, which includes an understanding of how cultural issues impact the therapeutic relationship and treatment outcomes. The practice of cultural humility and cultural self -awareness will also be introduced as a way of understanding some of the nuances of cultural competence and truly working with clients in a manner that is culturally responsive and effective.

  • Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Alexis Gadsden, LMSW, Quality Assurance/Compliance Officer, Outreach Development Corporation

Psychological Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (3 CASAC, SW and LMHC hours)

This course will provide an understanding for all staff members who work in substance use disorder treatment and have client contact, regardless of role.  The goal of the course is to help sensitize participants to the impact trauma has on clients and how to interact with clients in a trauma-informed manner.   The definition of trauma, its signs and symptoms, and its pervasive impact on individuals will be explored.  Principles of trauma-informed care will be presented and participants will discuss how to apply these to their work settings.

  • Date:  Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill Campus
  • Time:  1:00 pm  – 4:00pm
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Person-Centered Treatment Planning and Clinical Documentation (6 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

The need for effective clinical documentation has never been greater as substance abuse treatment providers are increasingly required to provide justification of services provided by payers, and regulatory and accrediting bodies. This training will teach you to document the medical necessity of treatment and how to develop a person-centered treatment plan that accurately addresses clients’ needs and gets them engaged in their recovery process. You will learn the fundamental elements of a good treatment plan and practice using each on a sample case. How to write billable progress notes concisely will be demonstrated and practiced, so you will learn exactly what should be documented and how to avoid writing more than needed. A discharge plan and summary will be completed on the case that will demonstrate the concept of “the golden thread” in clinical documentation.

  • Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation