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. 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 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.

If you wish to see more re-credentialing opportunities, please visit our CASAC Re-Credentialing page.

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November

Helping Women Recover (6 CASAC, SW, MFT & MHC hours)

This course will introduce participants to the Helping Women Recover or Voices group counseling curriculum for women and girls, respectively, with substance use disorders developed by Stephanie Covington. The curriculum provides material that can be used to facilitate groups that address gender-related issues for women and girls including self-concept, self-esteem, relationships, body image, sexuality, family roles, boundaries, etc. Participants will examine gender-related issues of women and girls with substance use disorders and how treatment programs can be more gender- responsive. An overview of relational theory is presented to help participants understand the foundation of gender-responsive interventions and approaches. This course is geared to female clinicians who will facilitate women’s groups. A sample of group activities from the Covington curriculum will be presented in this experiential training.

      • Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
      • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
      • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
      • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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Ethical Decision Making and Conduct (15 CASAC, SW, MFT & MHC 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 relatively new ones posed by technology and social media.  A wide variety of ethical professional challenges are analyzed using  an ethical problem-solving model, considering professional codes of conduct, the law, common organizational policies and universal ethical principles.

      • Dates/Times: Wednesday, November 6 and November 13, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
      • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
      • Trainer:  Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT): Overview and Applications in Substance Abuse Treatment (12 CASAC, SW, MFT & MHC hours)

An evidence based practice with broad applications in the healthcare field, this course will offer an overview of the basic premises of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), followed by specific emphasis on applying this approach with substance abusing populations.

Participants will review the guiding principles of CBT, including: role of therapist, teaching aspect, common cognitive distortions, and more. The focus will then be on surveying CBT interventions and tools which can be used for treatment planning, identification of thinking distortions and accompanying stressors, helping clients understand the role of drugs in their lives, recognition of high-risk situations, trigger and craving identification and responses, as well as needs and strategies to address emotional regulation, interpersonal and drug refusal skills, addressing returns to use, and long-term recovery planning.

Participants are expected to have some familiarity in interacting with and/or counseling substance abusing populations.

      • Dates/Times: Friday, November 15 and November 22, 9:00 am – 4:00pm, both days
      • Location:  Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601
      • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

***You may be eligible for a Department of Health Scholarship for this course. Please refer to our Department of Health Workforce Retraining Scholarship Opportunities page to see if you’re eligible.****

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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, MFT and MHC 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.

      • Dates: Monday, November 18, 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

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Vaping: Nicotine’s Bait and Switch (2 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC hours)

As vaping mechanisms rise in popularity over tobacco products, many issues and concerns have arisen.  This presentation will discuss what is currently known (and not known) about the relative safety and risks of these products, what current research says in regards to promotional claims, vaping of non-nicotine products, and how vaping is subtly being marketed to young people.

      • Dates: Monday, November 18, 2019
      • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
      • Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
      • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

 

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (4 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC hours)   [Cancelled]

SBIRT is an evidence-based prevention/early intervention practice used to identify and counsel patients who use alcohol and other drugs at risky levels. Its goal is to reduce substance use and its related health consequences, and to lower health care costs. It has been demonstrated to effectively modify high-risk substance use and to identify those who need specialized treatment.

SBIRT was developed for use in settings other than drug and alcohol treatment, such as primary health care, emergency rooms, clinics, School-Based Health Centers, etc., where individuals who are at risk for substance use disorders are more likely to be served. SBIRT is a reimbursable service, with billing* codes available in New York State.

The four-hour training will enable providers who are licensed or credentialed, including physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, LMSW’s, LMHC’s and CASAC’s, to bill for SBIRT services. Applicants interested in this course will need to indicate type of licensure/credentialing.

*OASAS providers may not bill for screening but may bill for the brief intervention

      • Dates/Times: Friday, November 22,  2019, 12:30 pm – 4:45 pm 
      • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
      • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

***You may be eligible for a Department of Health Scholarship for this course. Please refer to our Department of Health Workforce Retraining Scholarship Opportunities page for more information.****

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December

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (4 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC hours)

SBIRT is an evidence-based prevention/early intervention practice used to identify and counsel patients who use alcohol and other drugs at risky levels. Its goal is to reduce substance use and its related health consequences, and to lower health care costs. It has been demonstrated to effectively modify high-risk substance use and to identify those who need specialized treatment.

SBIRT was developed for use in settings other than drug and alcohol treatment, such as primary health care, emergency rooms, clinics, School-Based Health Centers, etc., where individuals who are at risk for substance use disorders are more likely to be served. SBIRT is a reimbursable service, with billing* codes available in New York State.

The four-hour training will enable providers who are licensed or credentialed, including physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, LMSW’s, LMHC’s and CASAC’s, to bill for SBIRT services. Applicants interested in this course will need to indicate type of licensure/credentialing.

*OASAS providers may not bill for screening but may bill for the brief intervention

      • Dates/Times: Tuesday, December 3rd,  2019, 12:30 pm – 4:45 pm
      • Location: 1199SEIU, 99 Church Street, 4th Floor, White Plains, NY 10601
      • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

***You may be eligible for a Department of Health Scholarship for this course. Please refer to our Department of Health Workforce Retraining Scholarship Opportunities page for more information.****

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The Legalization of Marijuana & Other Cannabis Products: Emerging Issues and Responses
(3 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC hours)

The legalization of cannabis products has resulted in concern and confusion in both the general community and amongst service providers.  This presentation will provide information which will assist treatment and prevention providers in having informed dialogues with the populations they serve.  Topics include understanding cannabinoids, CBD, NY State’s Medical Marijuana Program, our current understanding of health risks, ingestion methods and marketing attempts to influence public perceptions.  Bring your questions

      • Dates: Wednesday, December 4, 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

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From Painkillers to Heroin: The Changing Face of Opioid Addiction (3 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC 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, and the implications for treatment and recovery.

      • Dates: Wednesday, December 4, 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

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Cultural Competency (15 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC 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 complexity of cultural identity will be explored as will the limits of one’s own cultural lens. The practice of cultural humility and cultural self -awareness will also be examined as a key aspect of cultural effectiveness.  A variety of applications of cultural awareness and competence will be reviewed in the class.

      • Dates/Times: Wednesday, December 4 and December 11, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
      • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
      • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (12 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC hours)

SBIRT is an evidence-based prevention/early intervention practice used to identify and counsel patients who use alcohol and other drugs at risky levels. Its goal is to reduce substance use and its related health consequences, and to lower health care costs. It has been demonstrated to effectively modify high-risk substance use and to identify those who need specialized treatment.

SBIRT was developed for use in settings other than drug and alcohol treatment, such as primary health care, emergency rooms, clinics, School-Based Health Centers, etc., where individuals who are at risk for substance use disorders are more likely to be served. SBIRT is a reimbursable service, with billing* codes available in New York State.

The twelve-hour training is for non-credentialed staff (including CASAC-Ts).

*OASAS providers may not bill for screening but may bill for the brief intervention

      • Dates/Times: Thursday, December 5th, 2019 and Wednesday, December 11,  2019, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
      • Location: Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601
      • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

***You may be eligible for a Department of Health Scholarship for this course. Please refer to our Department of Health Workforce Retraining Scholarship Opportunities page for more information.****

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Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (4 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC hours)

SBIRT is an evidence-based prevention/early intervention practice used to identify and counsel patients who use alcohol and other drugs at risky levels. Its goal is to reduce substance use and its related health consequences, and to lower health care costs. It has been demonstrated to effectively modify high-risk substance use and to identify those who need specialized treatment.

SBIRT was developed for use in settings other than drug and alcohol treatment, such as primary health care, emergency rooms, clinics, School-Based Health Centers, etc., where individuals who are at risk for substance use disorders are more likely to be served. SBIRT is a reimbursable service, with billing* codes available in New York State.

The four-hour training will enable providers who are licensed or credentialed, including physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, LMSW’s, LMHC’s and CASAC’s, to bill for SBIRT services. Applicants interested in this course will need to indicate type of licensure/credentialing.

*OASAS providers may not bill for screening but may bill for the brief intervention

      • Dates/Times: Friday, December 6,  2019, 12:30 pm – 4:45 pm
      • Location: Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street White Plains, NY 10601
      • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

***You may be eligible for a Department of Health Scholarship for this course. Please refer to our Department of Health Workforce Retraining Scholarship Opportunities page for more information.****

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Motivational Interviewing (12 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC 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.

      • Dates/Times: Tuesday, December 10 and December 17, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
      • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
      • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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January

Psychological Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (3 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC 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.

      • Dates: Thursday, January 2, 2020
      • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
      • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
      • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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Writing a Billable Progress Note (3 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC 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.

      • Dates: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
      • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
      • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
      • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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Person-Centered Treatment Planning and Clinical Documentation (6 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC hours)

This training teaches participants how to develop a person-centered treatment plan and in the process get clients to take ownership of their recovery process.  Conceptual presentation describes the fundamental elements of a good treatment plan and gives specific examples of each.  The concept of the “golden thread” in the clinical case record is demonstrated as the treatment plan is linked to the assessment then carried over into the progress notes. How to write good individual, group, and case notes is described and demonstrated.  Participants write a treatment plan and progress notes in the class on a model case.

      • Dates: Thursday, January 9, 2020
      • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
      • Time: 9:00 pm – 4:00 pm
      • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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Bringing Evidence Based Practices Into the Service Setting (3 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC 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.

      • Dates: Friday, January 10, 2020
      • 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

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Working with Alcohol and Substance Abusers Who Are Unable to Sustain Abstinence (3 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC hours) (not approved for CPS initial)

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.

      • Dates: Friday, January 10, 2020
      • 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

Clinical Supervision Foundations II (16 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC 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, January 15 and January 22, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
      • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
      • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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Overview of Best Practices in Group Counseling (6 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC hours)

This course reviews the theoretical foundations of group therapy, the appropriate role of the group facilitator, setting up and preparing for a group, group selection, group stages, facilitation skills, transference, counter-transference, resistance in the group, and the various types of groups commonly used in substance abuse treatment.  The course will include didactic instruction, experiential exercises, and real group practice.

      • Dates: Thursday, January 16, 2020
      • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
      • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
      • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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February

Clinical Supervision Foundations II (16 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC 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, February 5 and February 12, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
      • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
      • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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Overview of Best Practices in Group Counseling  (6 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC hours)

This course reviews the theoretical foundations of group therapy, the appropriate role of the group facilitator, setting up and preparing for a group, group selection, group stages, facilitation skills, transference, counter-transference, resistance in the group, and the various types of groups commonly used in substance abuse treatment.  The course will include didactic instruction, experiential exercises, and real group practice.

      • Dates: Thursday, February 6, 2020
      • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
      • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
      • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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Addiction Medications (3 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC 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.

      • Dates: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
      • 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

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Conducting a Relapse Analysis (3 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC hours) (not approved for CPS initial)

Relapse is a common phenomenon 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.

      • Dates: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
      • 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

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Motivational Interviewing (12 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC 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.

      • Dates/Times: Thursday, February 13 and February 20, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
      • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
      • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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March

Overview of the Neurobiology of Addiction and Implications for Practice (3 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC 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.

      • Dates: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
      • 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

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Substance Use Disorders and the Older Adult (3 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC 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

      • Dates: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
      • 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

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Clinical Supervision Foundations II (16 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC 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, March 11 and March 18, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
      • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
      • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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Person-Centered Treatment Planning and Clinical Documentation (6 CASAC, SW, MFT & MHC 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, March 12, 2020
      • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
      • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
      • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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Person-Centered Individual Counseling and Collaborative Documentation (6 CASAC, SW, MFT & MHC hours)

A structure for the individual counseling session that lends itself to client engagement and a focus on treatment goals, using the four processes of motivational interviewing, will be presented in this course.  Social workers will also about 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. Positive outcomes have been demonstrated for both clinicians and clients. Participants in this course will learn how to use collaborative documentation can be used in conjunction with a person-centered individual counseling style.

      • Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
      • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
      • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
      • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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Cultural Competency (15 CASAC, SW, MFT and MHC 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 complexity of cultural identity will be explored as will the limits of one’s own cultural lens. The practice of cultural humility and cultural self -awareness will also be examined as a key aspect of cultural effectiveness.  A variety of applications of cultural awareness and competence will be reviewed in the class.

      • Dates/Times: Thursday, March 26 and April 2, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Thursday, April 9, 2020, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
      • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
      • Trainer: TBD

 

April

Ethical Decision Making and Conduct (15 CASAC, SW, MFT & MHC 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 relatively new ones posed by technology and social media.  A wide variety of ethical professional challenges are analyzed using  an ethical problem-solving model, considering professional codes of conduct, the law, common organizational policies and universal ethical principles.

      • Dates/Times: Wednesday, April 22 and April 29, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
      • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
      • Trainer:  Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

 

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