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. If you and your employerare 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.

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March

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: Friday, March 2 & 9, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, & Friday, March 16, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, 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, March 7, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time:  1:00 pm  – 4:00pm
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute

Addiction Medications (3 CASAC, SW and LMHC 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.

  • Date:  Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • 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

Toxicology Testing (3 CASAC, SW and LMHC hours)

An overview of the various forms of drug testing, including urine, saliva, hair, sweat, breath and issues associated with each.  Common means of attempting to falsify the urine test results will also be discussed.

  • Date:  Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • 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

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 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: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Alexis Gadsden, LMSW, Quality Assurance/Compliance Officer, Outreach Development Corporation

Ethics and Professional Boundaries (3 CASAC, SW and LMHC hours)

This course reviews commonly accepted ethical principles of practice governing the counseling profession and universal ethical values. A decision-making model for making ethical decisions in the absence of firm guidelines will be presented and used in several hypothetical scenarios. Issues around appropriate professional boundaries will be explored and discussed.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 2 1, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Alexis Gadsden, LMSW, Quality Assurance/Compliance Officer, Outreach Development Corporation

Motivational Interviewing (12 CASAC, SW and LMHC 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: Thursday, March 29 & Thursday, April 5, 2018
  • 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

April

Enhancing Client Engagement and Compliance (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC 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, April 4, 2018
  • 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

Crisis Prevention and De-Escalation (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC 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, April 4, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute

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: Friday,  April 13, 2017
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Cristy Dwyer, MA, CASAC, NCAC II, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute

Overview of the Neurobiology of Addiction and Implications for Practice (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC)

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.

  • Date:  Friday, April 13, 2018
  • 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

The DSM 5 Changes: What the Addiction Professional Needs to Know (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

The presentation will provide an overview of some of the changes which have occurred within the most recent release of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association from the previous version, and a detailed review of the changes within the Substance Use Disorder category so as to facilitate updated assessment and treatment planning.

  • Date:  Friday, April 13, 2018
  • 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

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 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,  April 19, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute

Ethics and Professional Boundaries (3 CASAC, SW and LMHC hours)

This course reviews commonly accepted ethical principles of practice governing the counseling profession and universal ethical values. A decision-making model for making ethical decisions in the absence of firm guidelines will be presented and used in several hypothetical scenarios. Issues around appropriate professional boundaries will be explored and discussed.

  • Date: Thursday,  April 19, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute

Seeking Safety Therapy for the Integrated Treatment of Substance Use Disorders and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (6 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

Seeking Safety is an evidence-based, present-focused counseling model to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse. It directly addresses both trauma and addiction, but without requiring clients to delve into the trauma narrative (the detailed account of disturbing trauma memories) thus making it relevant to a very broad range of clients and easy to implement. The training will also include a brief review of Creating Change, a new past-focused model for trauma and/or addiction that can be used with Seeking Safety.

  • Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
  • 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

*Important: registration for this training is to be facilitated directly on the Treatment Innovations website. Please visit their registration page for details and pricing to move forward.

May

Motivational Interviewing (12 CASAC, SW and LMHC 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: Wednesday, April 25th & Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • 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

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,  May 10, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Cristy Dwyer, MA, CASAC, NCAC II, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute

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: Thursday, May 3 & May 10, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Thursday, May 17, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute Outreach Development Corporation

Assessment of Spirituality (3 CASAC, SW, LMHC hours)

While many people have current or past religious/spiritual beliefs, practices and experiences that have influenced their lives and current behavior, few clinicians integrate spirituality into the assessment process.  After a review of concerns in integrating spiritual issues into clinical practice, we will focus on areas of assessment, differentiating between spiritual beliefs which create functional or dysfunctional behavior, tools of assessment, and identification of potential counseling issues which can also inform treatment planning.

  • Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • 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

Developments in the Field of Substance Abuse:  2017-18 Update (3 CASAC, SW, LMHC Hours)

This presentation will provide a wide-ranging update to substance abuse service providers who work in clinical, supervisory and/or administrative roles.  Areas covered include developments in treatment, research, drug trends, funding, legal & regulatory issues and professional development.

  • Date:  Wednesday,  May 16, 2018
  • 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

Enhancing Client Engagement and Compliance (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC 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, May 24, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute,  Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute

Crisis Prevention and De-Escalation (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC 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, May 24, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute

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, May 30 & June 6, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Wednesday, June 13, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Location:  Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, 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:  Thursday,  May 31, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time:  1:00 pm  – 4:00pm
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute

June

Marijuana: A Review (3 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

The current movement to medicalize and legalize 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:  Friday, June 1, 2018
  • 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

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:  Friday, June 1, 2018
  • 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

Essential Elements of OASAS Program Management (3 CASAC, SW, LMHC hours)

This course will provide an overview of the key elements of OASAS program management, including regulatory compliance requirements for the level of care, agency mission, program design, target population and scope of services, managing service delivery and outcomes, problem solving, addressing untoward events and managing in crisis, staffing structures and utilization, developing community based support networks, and managing other environmental factors.

  • Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Brentwood, Long Island Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Alexis Gadsden, LMSW, LMHC, Quality Assurance/Compliance Officer, Outreach Development Corporation

Essential Elements of OASAS Program Management (3 CASAC, SW, LMHC hours)

This course will provide an overview of the key elements of OASAS program management, including regulatory compliance requirements for the level of care, agency mission, program design, target population and scope of services, managing service delivery and outcomes, problem solving, addressing untoward events and managing in crisis, staffing structures and utilization, developing community based support networks, and managing other environmental factors.

  • Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Location: Outreach Training Institute, Richmond Hill, Queens Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Trainer: Alexis Gadsden, LMSW, LMHC, Quality Assurance/Compliance Officer, Outreach Development Corporation