Professional Development & Re-Credentialing Courses

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.    

Certified professionals need a reliable resource for continuing education hours (CASAC, SW, MHC, MFT). Outreach Training Institute (OTI) offers dozens of courses to help fulfill your re-credentialing needs. Each of the OTI courses have been approved by New York State OASAS for CASAC renewal and State Education Department for SW, MHC, MFT licenses.

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.

Re-Credentialing Information

Clinical professionals can earn their re-credentialing hours by selecting various trainings from below to create their own customized 30 hour pack or by attending a series of individual Professional Development trainings.

Re-Credentialing Pricing Options

  • General public: can purchase 30 hours of re-credentialing courses, to be used within a year of purchase for $550
  • OTI Alum: can purchase 30 hours of re-credentialing courses, to be used within a year of purchase for $395

To register for a professional development course or a re-credentialing package, please complete our online registration form here*.

Please review our OTI Online Policy for Professional Development prior to registering.

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 Free EBP Training Opportunities

October


Medication Assisted Treatment (3 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:  Oct 3, 2022
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Andre Toussaint, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 26, 2022

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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: October 11, 13, 14, 17 & 18, 2022
  • Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 4, 2022

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Crisis Management (9 hours)

In this course, participants learn how to help clients cope with common crises that have the potential to interfere with treatment and high risk situations that can threaten lives and safety.  In addition, the prevention and de-escalation of crisis situations is taught.

  • Dates: October 19, 20 & 24, 2022
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer:  Mary DeGiovine, CRC, Adjunct Instructor

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 12, 2022

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Seeking Safety Therapy for PTSD and Substance Use Disorders (6 hours) (OUTREACH STAFF and STUDENTS ONLY)

Participants will learn how to use Seeking Safety therapy, a manualized evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatment for the integrated treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders.  The treatment has been shown to reduce PTSD symptoms and improve functioning without exploring traumatic memories. The course reviews the definition of trauma, simple and complex PTSD, the relationship between substance use disorders and trauma, the treatment of trauma and trauma informed treatment.  The principles and process of Seeking Safety will be presented and participants will observe a real Seeking Safety session being led by Lisa Najavits, the developer, on film. Participants will have the opportunity to practice key Seeking Safety activities in the training.

  • Dates: October 25 & 27, 2022
  • Time: 2:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 18, 2022

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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:October 25 & 26, 2022
  • Time:6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer:Andre Toussaint, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 18, 2022

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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. 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: Oct 25 & 26, 2022
  • Time:  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Cheryl Marius, Adjunct Instructor

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 18, 2022

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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: October 25, 26, November 7, 9, & 14, 2022
  • Time:  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Cheryl Marius, Adjunct Instructor

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 18, 2022

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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: October 31, 2022
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Desiree Hamilton, MHC, CASAC Master Counselor, CASAC-G, Adjunct Instructor

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 24, 2022

 

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November


Psychological Trauma and Trauma Informed Care (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:  November 1, 2022
  • Time:  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 24, 2022

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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: November 7, 2022
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer:  Cheryl Masius, MPA, CASAC, CRPA, Adjunct Instructor

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 31, 2022

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Screening and Lethality Assessment (3 hours)

This course will review a variety of screening instruments used for SUD’s both in case finding and in client intake.  Participants will also learn how to assess clients for violence and suicide potential and appropriate steps to take in both.

  • Date: November 16, 2022
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Dolores Jewell, PhD, JD, Adjunct Instructor

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 9, 2022

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Identifying Mental Health Disorders (9 hours)

This introductory course will review the types of mental health disorders that commonly co-occur with substance use disorders.  Signs, symptoms, and a brief overview of treatment approaches will be presented.

  • Date:  November 21, 22 & 23, 2022
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer: Dolores Jewell, PhD, JD, Adjunct Instructor, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 14, 2022

 

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December


Person-Centered Treatment Planning and Clinical Documentation (12 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: December 6, 7, 12 & 13, 2022
  • Time:  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Trainer:  Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 30, 2022

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Assessment of Seeking Safety Fidelity (FOR OUTREACH STAFF ONLY) (3 hours)

Prerequisite:  The 6-hour Seeking Safety course

This course will prepare supervisors to assess the fidelity of Seeking Safety therapy for SUD and PTSD using the fidelity tool provided by the developer.  The methodology and key principles of Seeking Safety will be reviewed, preparing the supervisor to coach staff to implement this evidence-based practice with fidelity.

  • Date: December 16, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 8, 2022

 

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Free, OASAS-Sponsored EBP Trainings


Free training for staff and peers in Brooklyn and on Long Island: OASAS-Funded State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant-Funded Training.

We have a new page now as we’re adding more training offerings! Visit https://opiny.org/sor-trainings/ for more information and to apply!

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