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.

AprilMay • June

April

Client-Counselor Relationship (6 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This course will provide an overview of the strategies a professional counselor can use to form an effective therapeutic alliance with a client.  The nature and benefits of the therapeutic alliance, appropriate boundaries in the therapeutic relationship, transference and counter-transference, how to handle boundary issues, self disclosure in counseling, personal recovery and counseling, the need for and appropriate use of clinical supervision, and cultural competence and the therapeutic alliance are included.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Henry Moultrie Jr., CASAC, NCAC I, CRPA, Assistant Director, Outreach Training Institute, 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, April 3rd, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Henry Moultrie Jr., CASAC, NCAC I, CRPA, Assistant Director, Outreach Training Institute, 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:  Wednesday, April 3rd, 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

Counselor Wellness (6 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This course provides an overview of stress and wellness, common threats to wellness, and effective means of self-care.  The definition and physiology of  stress, symptoms of  compassion fatigue, staff burnout, and vicarious trauma, self-care strategies, including the use of agency resources, such as clinical supervision and EAP’s, and counselor impairment and re-entry to the workplace are reviewed.

  • Date: Monday, April 8th, 2019
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Henry Moultrie Jr., CASAC, NCAC I, CRPA, Assistant Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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

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, April 17th & April 24th, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Wednesday, May 1st, 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

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

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, May 2nd, 2019
    • Time: 1:00 pm  – 4:00 pm
    • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, LI Campus
    • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

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
      • Time: 1:00 pm – 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

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

To register contact Treatment Innovations directly at https://www.treatment-innovations.org/store/p210/5-9-19-NYC.html

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