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, please complete our online registration form here*.

*OTI is now offering a series of OASAS-sponsored regional Clinical Supervision Foundations II trainings at no cost to eligible participants. Please review our calendar below for these opportunities. More will be posted as we confirm dates and locations, so check this page regularly. Please note that the Clinical Supervision Foundations II sponsored training has its own online (via Google) registration form.

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

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May 4th Update: In response to the current health crisis, CASAC Exam Prep and Professional Development Classes, including Clinical Supervision Foundations II, will soon be available online. Please check back for updates.

May

Mental Health First Aid with Adults

This training is free with registration.

Mental Health First Aid introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help to a person experiencing a mental health challenge, mental disorder or a mental health crisis. It also teaches how to connect someone to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.  Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).  This course is ideal for non-clinicians.

        • Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
        • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
        • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
        • Trainer: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Registration Deadline: May 20th, 2020

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June

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 (CSFI) 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.

*This regional training has been sponsored by OASAS, and eligible participants can attend at no cost. Please access our online registration form below for more details. You will be required to upload your CSFI certificate of completion in order to complete your registration. Due to limited space, registration is prioritized for those who work in OASAS-certified settings in the Capital District region. We will reach out to registrants to confirm seats prior to the training.

        • Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, & Wednesday, June 3rd, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Thursday, June 4th, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
        • Trainer: Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Update as of May 19th: Due to circumstances involving the novel coronavirus and  COVID-19, the training dates for Clinical Supervision Foundations II will be rescheduled and available online soon to ensure the safety of participants and Outreach staff.  Please check back soon for updates. A new online registration form will be up as soon as we finalize our schedule.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):  Overview and Applications in Substance Abuse Treatment (6 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 the SUD population.

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 SUD populations.

        • Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020
        • Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
        • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
        • Trainer:  Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

Registration Deadline: May 29th, 2020

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Enhancing Client Engagement and Compliance (3 CASAC, SW, MFT & MHC 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, June 10, 2020
        • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
        • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
        • Trainer: Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Registration Deadline: June 3rd, 2020

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Crisis Prevention and De-Escalation (3 CASAC, SW, MFT & MHC 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, June 10, 2020
        • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
        • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
        • Trainer:  Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Registration Deadline: June 3rd, 2020

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Excellence in Customer Service 

Though not always thought of as such in the behavioral health and human service fields, our clients are our customers.  How we attract and keep our customers will be the focus of this training, which involves all staff, clinical and nonclinical. Phone and email etiquette, greeting and engaging clients and their families, handling complaints, and using client feedback will be covered. Internal customer service, the serving of our colleagues and peers within our own organizations, will also be discussed.

(This training does not provide continuing education hours)

        • Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020
        • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
        • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
        • Trainer:  Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Registration Deadline: June 4th, 2020

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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 (CSFI) 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.

*This regional training has been sponsored by OASAS, and eligible participants can attend at no cost. Please access our online registration form below for more details. You will be required to upload your CSFI certificate of completion in order to complete your registration. Due to limited space, registration is prioritized for those who work in OASAS-certified settings in the Western New York region. We will reach out to registrants to confirm seats prior to the training.

  • Date: Tuesday, June 16th, & Wednesday, June 17th 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Thursday, June 18th, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
  • Trainer: Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Update as of May 19th: Due to circumstances involving the novel coronavirus and  COVID-19, the training dates for Clinical Supervision Foundations II will be rescheduled and available online soon to ensure the safety of participants and Outreach staff.  Please check back soon for updates. A new online registration form will be up as soon as we finalize our schedule.

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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, June 17, 2020
        • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
        • Time:  1:00 pm – 4:00pm
        • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Registration Deadline: June 10th, 2020

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Excellence in Customer Service

Though not always thought of as such in the behavioral health and human service fields, our clients are our customers.  How we attract and keep our customers will be the focus of this training, which involves all staff, clinical and nonclinical. Phone and email etiquette, greeting and engaging clients and their families, handling complaints, and using client feedback will be covered. Internal customer service, the serving of our colleagues and peers within our own organizations, will also be discussed.

(This training does not provide continuing education hours)

        • Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
        • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
        • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
        • Trainer:  Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Registration Deadline: June 17th, 2020

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Mental Health First Aid with Youth

This training is free with registration.

Mental Health First Aid introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help to a person experiencing a mental health challenge, mental disorder or a mental health crisis. It also teaches how to connect someone to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.  Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).  This training is ideal for non-clinicians.

        • Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
        • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
        • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
        • Trainer: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Registration Deadline: June 17th, 2020

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Enhancing Client Engagement and Compliance (3 CASAC, SW, MFT & MHC 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: Thursday, June 25, 2020
        • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
        • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
        • Trainer:  Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Registration Deadline: June 18th, 2020

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Crisis Prevention and De-Escalation (3 CASAC, SW, MFT & MHC 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: Thursday, June 25, 2020
        • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
        • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
        • Trainer:  Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

       

Registration Deadline: June 18th, 2020

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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 (CSFI) 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.

*This regional training has been sponsored by OASAS, and eligible participants can attend at no cost. Please access our online registration form below for more details. You will be required to upload your CSFI certificate of completion in order to complete your registration. Due to limited space, registration is prioritized for those who work in OASAS-certified settings in the Mohawk Valley region. We will reach out to registrants to confirm seats prior to the training.

        • Date: Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Thursday, July 2, 2020, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
        • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation, Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

Update as of May 19th: Due to circumstances involving the novel coronavirus and  COVID-19, the training dates for Clinical Supervision Foundations II will be rescheduled and available online soon to ensure the safety of participants and Outreach staff.  Please check back soon for updates. A new online registration form will be up as soon as we finalize our schedule.

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July

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 (CSFI) 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.

*This regional training has been sponsored by OASAS, and eligible participants can attend at no cost. Please access our online registration form below for more details. You will be required to upload your CSFI certificate of completion in order to complete your registration. Due to limited space, registration is prioritized for those who work in OASAS-certified settings in the Southern Tier region. We will reach out to registrants to confirm seats prior to the training.

        • Date: Tuesday, July 14th, & Wednesday, July 15th 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Thursday, July 16th, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
        • Trainer: Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Update as of May 19th: Due to circumstances involving the novel coronavirus and  COVID-19, the training dates for Clinical Supervision Foundations II will be rescheduled and available online soon to ensure the safety of participants and Outreach staff.  Please check back soon for updates. A new online registration form will be up as soon as we finalize our schedule.

September

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 (CSFI) 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.

*This regional training has been sponsored by OASAS, and eligible participants can attend at no cost. Please access our online registration form below for more details. You will be required to upload your CSFI certificate of completion in order to complete your registration. Due to limited space, registration is prioritized for those who work in OASAS-certified settings in the Finger Lakes region. We will reach out to registrants to confirm seats prior to the training.

          • Date: Tuesday, September 15th, & Wednesday, September 16th, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Thursday, September 17th, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
          • Trainer: Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

Update as of May 19th: Due to circumstances involving the novel coronavirus and  COVID-19, the training dates for Clinical Supervision Foundations II will be rescheduled and available online soon to ensure the safety of participants and Outreach staff.  Please check back soon for updates. A new online registration form will be up as soon as we finalize our schedule.

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