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*.

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

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April


Relapse Prevention  (6 Hours)

Participants will learn the elements of a stable long –term recovery and recovery wellness. These concepts will be used to understand how relapse occurs and how to use cognitive behavioral techniques to help clients prevent relapse and maintain recovery.

  • Dates: April 6 & 7, 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, MARCH 30, 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: April 6, 7, 12, 13 & 21st, 2021
  • Time:  1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2021

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New! Clinical Supervision Learning Collaborative (CSLC) (18 hours)

Clinical Supervisors: Are you interested in an opportunity to collaborate with other clinical supervisors to learn and get support for the work you do? Join us for this virtual OASAS-funded learning collaborative at no cost to you that will also provide continuing education hours.

The Clinical Supervision Learning Collaborative (CSLC) is for supervisors in NYS OASAS-licensed programs who have completed the 30-hour Clinical Supervision Foundations training. It will delve deeper into subjects touched upon in the initial training, provide peer supervision/support, and focus on the application of clinical supervision best practices to the participants’ work environments.

The collaborative will be semi-structured, with part of the time devoted to allowing participants to discuss current issues and challenges in their work, and getting support and feedback from other participants. Each session will also have a subject to be presented and discussed, in the large group and in small breakout/peer supervision groups. Participants will receive assignments to work on in between sessions that involve performing a task at their place of employment that enhances the quality of clinical supervision.
The CSLC will be given in six 2-hour sessions, held every week, for a total of 12 hours for each eligible participant. All sessions will be delivered via distance learning (Webex).

Re-credentialing hours will be provided when participants attend at least 5 of the 6 sessions. The hours provided will reflect whether the participant completes 5 (15 hours) or 6 sessions (18 hours). These include credit given for assignments completed outside of the meeting time. CASAC, social work, mental health counselor, and marriage and family education continuing education hours will be given.

Eligible participants are encouraged to pick either session. This opportunity is free for eligible trainees!

    • Session 1: 6 consecutive Thursdays – April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, and May 13, 2:00 – 4:00 pm by Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021

    • Session 2: 6 consecutive Fridays – April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7, and May 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon by Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2021

BEFORE APPLYING PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS IS NOT CLINICAL SUPERVISION FOUNDATIONS II. 

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Counseling Family & SO  (12 Hours)

Problems common in families and relationships with substance use disorder issues will be examined in this course.  Family dynamics, the roles people play in families, and the family system will be explored.  Considerations for working with clients and their families and significant others will be reviewed.

  • Dates: April 27, 28, 29 & May 5, 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, APRIL 20, 2021

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May


Tobacco & Nicotine Dependency (6 Hours)

This course will review nicotine dependency, interventions, treatment and recovery, and nicotine replacement therapy.

  • Date: May 3 & 5, 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, APRIL 26, 2021

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Toxicology Testing & Screening (3 Hours)

This course will provide basic concepts of toxicology screening options, limitations and legal implications, as well as reporting language and the meaning of toxicology reports.

  • Date: May 4, 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, APRIL 27, 2021

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Crisis Prevention & De-Escalation (6 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: May 5 & 6, 2021
  • Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Trainer:  Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2021

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Group Counseling (12 Hours)

The fundamentals of effective group counseling will be examined in this course, including the uses and benefits of group for individuals with substance use disorders, the types of groups commonly used in SUD treatment, the role of the facilitator and facilitation skills, group structure, stages, and dynamics and how to address common problems in group counseling.

  • Date: May 17, 18, 19, & 24, 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: MONDAY, MAY 10, 2021

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Cultural Competency (6 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: May 18 & 19, 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, MAY 11, 2021

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Cultural Competency (15 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: May 18, 19, 25, 26, & 27, 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, MAY 11, 2021

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New! Clinical Supervision Learning Collaborative (CSLC) (18 hours)

Clinical Supervisors: Are you interested in an opportunity to collaborate with other clinical supervisors to learn and get support for the work you do? Join us for this virtual OASAS-funded learning collaborative at no cost to you that will also provide continuing education hours.

The Clinical Supervision Learning Collaborative (CSLC) is for supervisors in NYS OASAS-licensed programs who have completed the 30-hour Clinical Supervision Foundations training. It will delve deeper into subjects touched upon in the initial training, provide peer supervision/support, and focus on the application of clinical supervision best practices to the participants’ work environments.

The collaborative will be semi-structured, with part of the time devoted to allowing participants to discuss current issues and challenges in their work, and getting support and feedback from other participants. Each session will also have a subject to be presented and discussed, in the large group and in small breakout/peer supervision groups. Participants will receive assignments to work on in between sessions that involve performing a task at their place of employment that enhances the quality of clinical supervision.
The CSLC will be given in six 2-hour sessions, held every week, for a total of 12 hours for each eligible participant. All sessions will be delivered via distance learning (Webex).

Re-credentialing hours will be provided when participants attend at least 5 of the 6 sessions. The hours provided will reflect whether the participant completes 5 (15 hours) or 6 sessions (18 hours). These include credit given for assignments completed outside of the meeting time. CASAC, social work, mental health counselor, and marriage and family education continuing education hours will be given.

Eligible participants are encouraged to pick either session. This opportunity is free for eligible trainees!

    • Session 1: 6 consecutive Thursdays – May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, and June 24, 2:00 – 4:00 pm by Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021

    • Session 2: 6 consecutive Fridays – May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18, and June 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon by Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021

BEFORE APPLYING PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS IS NOT CLINICAL SUPERVISION FOUNDATIONS II. 

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Counseling Special Populations: Trauma (3 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:  May 25, 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 18, 2021

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Counseling Special Populations: Domestic Violence (3 Hours)

The causes, prevalence, and dynamics of domestic violence, including issues of power and control, the psychology of the victim and the impact on children, are examined in this course.  Participants will learn how screen for DV, get treatment for victims and batterers, and do safety planning with victims of domestic violence.

  • Date: May 26, 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: WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2021

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Counseling Special Populations: LGBTQIA  (3 Hours)

This training provides the most current information relevant to the LGBTQIA community as consumers and providers in the workplace. Participants will expand their awareness of diversity in the workplace and will explore issues impacting their clients and colleagues within the LGBTQIA community. The course will cover issues such as discrimination, and homophobia which can impact treatment outcomes for clients and job satisfaction for employees. The importance of being knowledgeable about the LGBTQIA Community and possessing the skills needed to demonstrate sensitivity when working with all members of this population will be examined. The course offers practical exercises and case studies that provide the opportunity to practice effective, sensitive interactions with members of the LGBTQ Community during the training. Participants will acquire a mastery of key concepts including birth/assigned sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Through dynamic, interactive exercises, participants will begin to understand ally ship and how LGBTQ inclusion can positively impact their workplace.

  • Date: May 27, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainers:  Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2021

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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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