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.

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July

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, July 11 & July 18, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Wednesday, July 25, 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
  • Registration cost: the cost for this 16-hour course will remain at $160 for standard registration, and at a discount of $135 for early registration where payment is made 10 or more days prior to the course.

Bringing Evidence Based Practices into the Service Setting (3 CASAC, SW, LMHC hours)

The growing emphasis on “evidence based practices” (EBP) raises issues of practical integration into the treatment setting.  This presentation will address just what is an “evidence based practice”, what are some of the currently recognized EBP’s, and what are some of the considerations for integration into existing services.

  • Date:  Friday, July 20, 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

Substance Use Disorders and the Older Adult (3 CASAC, SW, LMHC hours)

The presentation will review special considerations in working with the older adult with a substance use disorder in the general community or treatment setting.  Including assessment issues, medication use and abuse, traditional vs. nontraditional interventions, integration with co-occurring conditions, and setting-specific issues.

  • Date:  Friday, July 20, 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

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: Tuesday, July 24 & Monday, July 30, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Tuesday, July 31, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
  • Location: Student Assistance Services at 660 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation
  • Registration cost: the cost for this 16-hour course will remain at $160 for standard registration, and at a discount of $135 for early registration where payment is made 10 or more days prior to the course.

August

Substance Use Disorders and the Older Adult (3 CASAC, SW, LMHC hours)

The presentation will review special considerations in working with the older adult with a substance use disorder in the general community or treatment setting.  Including assessment issues, medication use and abuse, traditional vs. nontraditional interventions, integration with co-occurring conditions, and setting-specific issues.

  • Date:  Monday, August 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

Toxicology Testing (3 CASAC, SW, LMHC hours)

An overview of the various forms of drug testing, including urine, saliva, hair, sweat,  breath and issues associated with each.  Common means of attempting to falsify the urine test results will also be discussed.

  • Date:  Monday, August 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

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!

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, and has not been posted yet. Please check back periodically for the link. Thanks for your patience!

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!

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