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.

  February March

February


Master’s Class in Motivational Interviewing – (6) 90-minute sessions (9 CASAC, SW & LMHC hours)

This class is for individuals who have been trained in MI and want to enhance their skills as clinicians and/or for supervisors who want to use MI in supervision and/or to coach supervisees to use MI.  Typically, the two -day MI workshop teaches people the fundamentals of MI, but does not enable people to use MI with proficiency.  The master’s class is geared to practice, feedback, and skill development.

The sessions will include practice using MI in real world applications and with simulated clients.  Additionally, participants will bring in examples of the use of MI in their work and will assess their skills, receive coaching, and make improvements where needed.  The pre-requisite for this course is a two-day motivational interviewing workshop taken in the last year, preferably taught by a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

  • Dates: Fridays, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26 Mar 5 &12
  • Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021

Counselor Wellness (6 hours)

This course will explore how stress affects the human body physically and emotionally, and will look the impact of these on counselor effectiveness.   Self-care strategies that are necessary for maintaining wellness for all but especially needed for those of us working in the human services will be explored.

  • Date:  February 8 & 9, 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, FEBRUARY 1, 2021

Groups in SUD Treatment (6 hours)

Several types of groups commonly used in treatment for substance use disorders will be examined in this course including psycho-educational, cognitive-behavioral, process, support, relapse prevention, and those for medication-assisted treatment.  Evidence-based models, i.e., Matrix and Seeking Safety, will be looked at more closely as examples.

  • Date:  February 10 & 11, 2021
  • Time:  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainers: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation (Feb 10) & Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation (Feb 11)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2021

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: Feb 16, 17, 22, 24 & Mar 1
  • Time:  1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2021

Ethical Decision-Making (6 hours)

In this introductory course, the ethical tenets governing substance abuse counselors will be reviewed and examined.  An ethical decision- making model is introduced that allows the user to weigh several factors, including ethical principles and values, organizational and social policies, and the law, when facing challenging ethical dilemmas.

  • Date: February 16 & 17, 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: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2021

Opioid and Suicide Loss (6 hours)

This training will address traumatic loss and its impact on the behavioral health workforce, including overdose and suicide statistics, risk factors, and risk management measures, prevention and postvention protocols, grief and loss, vicarious traumatization and burnout, and clinician self-care. The objectives are to increase understanding and awareness of the impact of suicide and overdose on clients, families, and behavioral health staff, responses to risk factors for clinicians and clients, prevention and postvention protocols, to respond to vicarious traumatization and burnout, and resources for counselor self-care.

  • Date:  February 17 & 18, 2021
  • Time:  10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Trainer:  Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2021

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 that begins in February. This opportunity is free for eligible trainees!

    • Session 1: 6 consecutive Thursdays – Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18, Mar 25, 2:00 – 4:00 pm by Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021

    • Session 2: 6 consecutive Fridays – Feb 19, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, Mar 26, 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, FEBRUARY 12, 2021

Confidentiality and Legal Issues (3 hours)

This course reviews the most current confidentiality laws that govern substance use disorder treatment, including CFR 42 and HIPAA, and helps participants understand compliance practices.  Other laws that affect the helping profession are also reviewed, including child abuse reporting and duty to warn.

    • Date: February 24, 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: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2021

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March


Introduction to Addiction (6 hours)

This introductory course is an OASAS requirement for non-credentialed staff*, e.g., at the counselor assistant level in the scopes of practice.  Types of drugs, routes of administration, drug effects and problems, substance use disorder, stages of progression, stages of recovery, risk and protective factors, and funding mechanisms for treatment are covered.

  • Date: March 3 & 8, 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: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2021

Motivational Interviewing (12 hours)

If you work with clients, patients or staff members who seem unmotivated to change, adding motivational interviewing to your repertoire of skills may help you avoid unproductive struggles and more effectively engage that person.  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.  MI has been shown to significantly reduce high risk behavior and keep clients in treatment longer.  In the same vein, 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.

This class is a pre-requisite for an advanced training, the Masters’ Class in Motivational Interviewing, for those who want proficiency in MI.  If it has been a while since you’ve taken MI training and/or you have never been coached in using MI, this is a great opportunity to really learn and practice MI.

  • Dates:  March 2, 3, 9 & 10
  • Time:  6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation, Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2021

Excellence in Customer Service (3 hours)

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.

  • Date: March 25, 2021
  • 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: THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) (3 hours)

In this course, participants will learn the benefits of medication-assisted treatment and how to counsel individuals in MAT to enhance treatment outcomes. Common problems, such as stigma, compliance and adjustment issues, are reviewed to enable clinicians to provide effective and supportive counseling.

  • Date: March 25, 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: THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021

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