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. All courses provide continuing education hours for CASAC, SW, MHC, and MFT!

Training for staff and peers working in OASAS-certified programs on Long Island and in Brooklyn is available at no charge under the OASAS SOR grant. All courses provide CASAC, social work, MHC, and MFT continuing education hours. To be eligible, you must work on Long Island or in Brooklyn in an OASAS-certified program. Trainings have been scheduled for September, with more to come soon. Check back regularly!

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To apply for any (or all) courses, please complete this brief, separate application form. You will receive a response in a few weeks to confirm your enrollment.

January


Working with Alcohol and Substance Abusers Who Are Unable to Sustain Abstinence (3 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: January 20, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 13, 2021

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Brief Interventions (3 hours)

Brief interventions are short term services provided to individuals engaged in risky substance use. They can provide education on risks and opportunities to change behavior outside of a formal “treatment” setting. This presentation will identify the most appropriate candidates, share interventions and exercises which might be used in this short term context and review proper documentation.

  • Date: January 26, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 19, 2021

 

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February


Cognitive Behavior Therapy in SUD Treatment (6 hours)

A number of recognized evidence-based practices in substance abuse treatment use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). This training is an introduction to applying this approach.  After a review of the basic premises of CBT, the focus will be on surveying CBT interventions and tools which can be used for treatment planning, identification of  thinking distortions and accompanying stressors, helping clients understand the role of drugs in their lives, recognition of high-risk situations, trigger and craving identification and responses, as well as needs and strategies to address emotional regulation, interpersonal and drug refusal skills, addressing returns to use, and long-term recovery planning.

  • Date: February 1 & 2, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 23, 2022

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Mapping-Enhanced Counseling: The Texas Christian University (TCU) Evidence-Based Practices for Substance Use Disorders (3 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: February 3, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 26, 2022

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Improving Client Engagement and Compliance (3 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: February 10, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 3, 2022

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Crisis Prevention and De-Escalation (3 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: February 17, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 10, 2022

 

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March


Harm Reduction (3 hours)

This presentation will be an opportunity to examine the multiple issues which harm reduction approaches raise for substance use disorder providers who have less experience in providing these services. We will look at definitions, examples currently in practice, and proposed patient interventions. Practical implementation and operational issues which individual practitioners and organizations might have to address will also be reviewed.

  • Date: March 1, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 23, 2022

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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: March 3, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 26, 2022

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From Painkillers to Heroin: The Changing Face of Opioid Addiction (3 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: March 8, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2022

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Improving Client Engagement and Compliance (3 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: March 10, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 3, 2022

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Evidence Based Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations (3 hours)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations describes treatment principles and research findings of particular relevance to the criminal justice community and treatment professionals working with drug abusing offenders.  This presentation will review each of the 13 principles and discuss their possible implications for working with substance abusers with criminal justice involvement.

  • Date: March 15, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 8, 2022

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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 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.

The Master’s Class that follows in April is highly recommended to those who want to be able to use MI with proficiency.

  • Date: March 17, 22, 24, & 30, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 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: MARCH 10, 2022

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April


Master’s Class in Motivational Interviewing (12 hours)

This class is for individuals who have been trained in MI recently 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).

  • Date: April 5, 7, 12, & 14, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 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: MARCH 28, 2022

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Working with the LGBTQIA Community (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: April 13, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: APRIL 6, 2022

 

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May


Addiction Medications (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: May 3, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: APRIL 26, 2022

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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: May 10, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 3, 2022

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Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Review (3 hours)

This will be a presentation and discussion of findings from The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide”, which reviews what research has found to be important elements for the effective treatment of adolescents with substance use disorders.

  • Date: May 17, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 10, 2022

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Crisis Prevention and De-Escalation (3 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 19, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Robert C. Wright, LMSW, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Senior Trainer, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 12, 2022

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Working with Alcohol and Substance Abusers Who Are Unable to Sustain Abstinence (3 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: May 24, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 17, 2022

 

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June


From Painkillers to Heroin: The Changing Face of Opioid Addiction (3 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: June 1, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 24, 2022

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Harm Reduction (3 Hours)

This presentation will be an opportunity to examine the multiple issues which harm reduction approaches raise for substance use disorder providers who have less experience in providing these services. We will look at definitions, examples currently in practice, and proposed patient interventions. Practical implementation and operational issues which individual practitioners and organizations might have to address will also be reviewed.

  • Date: June 7, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2022

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Mapping-Enhanced Counseling: The Texas Christian University (TCU) Evidence-Based Practices for Substance Use Disorders  (3 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: June 9, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JUNE 2, 2022

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Evidence Based Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations (3 Hours)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations describes treatment principles and research findings of particular relevance to the criminal justice community and treatment professionals working with drug abusing offenders.  This presentation will review each of the 13 principles and discuss their possible implications for working with substance abusers with criminal justice involvement.

  • Date: June 14, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JUNE 7, 2022

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