Professional Development

In response to the current health crisis, all trainings will be conducted on live video conference via Web-Ex. To participate you will need to be on a computer or tablet with a video camera and microphone.    

All courses provide continuing education hours for CASAC, SW, MHC, and MFT !

For more information regarding our Professional Development Trainers, please view our faculty page. If you and your employer are interested in hosting a professional development training for your workplace, please review our course listings for more information.

To register for a professional development course, please complete our online registration form here*.

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June


Counseling Special Populations: Women  (3 hours)

This course will look at issues common to women and girls with substance use disorders and apply this understanding to effective treatment, or what is referred to as gender-responsive treatment.   Given that most treatment models were developed on the basis of a male psychology, significant adaptations are needed.  Relational theory, a model of female psychology that incorporates biological, psychological, sociological and cultural aspects of gender, helps to develop an appropriate lens from which to view the female client.  Treatment approaches that address women and girls’ needs are explored.

  • Date: June 1, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2021

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Collaborative Documentation (3 hours)

In this class, you will learn how to document the session using collaborative documentation, a process that involves the client in the documentation and planning of services, enabling the clinician to both engage the client in counseling and complete the documentation within the session time.  This process has been shown to have benefits for both the clinician and the client.  The training will include a review and collaborative practice of a DAP note on an individual session that is billable and OASAS-compliant.

  • Dates:  June 4 &  8, 2021
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2021

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Groups in Addiction Treatment (6 hours)

Several types of groups commonly used in treatment for substance use disorders will be examined in this course including psycho-educational, cognitive-behavioral, process, support, relapse prevention, and those for medication-assisted treatment.  Evidence-based models, i.e., Matrix and Seeking Safety, will be looked at more closely as examples.

  • Date: June 8 & 9, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2021

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Identifying Mental Health Disorders (9 hours)

This introductory course will review the types of mental health disorders that commonly co-occur with substance use disorders.  Signs, symptoms, and a brief overview of treatment approaches will be presented.

  • Date: June 8, 9 & 10, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2021

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Screening and Lethality Assessment (3 hours)

This course will review a variety of screening instruments used for SUD’s both in case finding and in client intake.  Participants will also learn how to assess clients for violence and suicide potential and appropriate steps to take in both.

  • Date: June 15, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2021

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Assessment and Evaluation:  The Addiction Severity Index (ASI) (12 hours)

Participants will learn how to conduct an assessment using the ASI, the most widely used validated assessment tool for substance use disorders.  In this highly experiential course, participants will practice engaging clients before doing the assessment and will learn how to pose questions and probes in order to build rapport with the client and get the information needed to develop a clinically sound person-centered treatment plan.

  • Date: June 16, 17, 23, & 24, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation, Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2021

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Motivational Interviewing (12 hours)

If you work with clients, patients or staff members who seem unmotivated to change, adding motivational interviewing to your repertoire of skills may help you avoid unproductive struggles and more effectively engage that person.  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.  MI has been shown to significantly reduce high risk behavior and keep clients in treatment longer.  In the same vein, 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.

  • Dates:  June 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation, Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2021

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Person-Centered Treatment Planning and Clinical Documentation (12 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:  June 29, 30, July 1 & 6, 2021
  • Time:  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2021

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July


Individual Counseling: Theories (9 hours)

Participants are introduced to various counseling theories and approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, psychodynamic, solution-focused, rational-emotive, transactional, and gestalt.   These theories are applied to a case example as a means of understanding their practical application.

  • Date: July 5, 6 & 7, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Merit Hartblay, CASAC, LMHC

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2021

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Clinical Supervision Foundations II  (16 hours)

This course will focus on clinical supervision in substance use disorder treatment. This 16- hour classroom training is part two 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 (CSFI) course prior to taking this course and submit their certificate at registration. If you have not taken the online Clinical Supervision Foundations I course please refer to this link: https://bit.ly/CSFI-HealthEKnowledge.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: July 6, 7, 12, 13, and 15, 2021
  • Time:  1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2021

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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) (3 hours)

In this course, participants will learn the benefits of medication-assisted treatment and how to counsel individuals in MAT to enhance treatment outcomes. Common problems, such as stigma, compliance and adjustment issues, are reviewed to enable clinicians to provide effective and supportive counseling.

  • Date: July 14, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2021

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Case Management, Referral, and Service Coordination (3 hours)

This course introduces participants to case management and its functions, and acquaints them with appropriate documentation in service coordination.  This includes the definition of case management, the functions of and rationale for case management, functions of a case manager, advocacy in case management, case management models, principles of case management, coordination of services, recovery-oriented systems of care and linkages to them, and culturally competent case management.

  • Date: July 15, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2021

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Relapse Prevention Therapy (6 hours)

This course will review the definition and process of relapse, risk factors for relapse, recovery skills, and the cognitive-behavioral approach to relapse prevention.  Participants will practice the use of specific CBT strategies in relapse prevention. The training will consist of didactic presentation, large and small group discussion, simulation.

  • Date: July 19 & 20, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, JULY 12, 2021

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Relapse Prevention Group Counseling (3 hours)

In this course, participants will learn to facilitate cognitive behavioral groups for relapse prevention.

  • Date:  July 21, 2021
  • Time:  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2021

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