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.

October


Developments in the Field of Substance Abuse: 202223 Update (SOR) 3 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: October 4, 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: SEPTEMBER 27, 2022

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Psychological Trauma and Trauma Informed Care  (SOR) 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: October 6, 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: SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

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Addiction Medications (SOR) 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: October 12, 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: OCTOBER 5, 2022

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Assessment of Spirituality (SOR) 3 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: October 18, 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: OCTOBER 11, 2022

 

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November


Cannabis Legalization: What Can Clinicians Expect? (SOR) (3 hours)

As cannabis products become decriminalized and commercialized, new concerns for consumers and clinicians are expected around such issues as product quality, uncertain purity levels, accidental positive drug tests, consumption of improperly regulated growth products, false promotion claims, increased youth access, use of unfamiliar delivery systems, concentrates, variants, increased medical and/or mental health risks, etc. This presentation will attempt to define some of these issues so that clinicians can engage in meaningful discussions with patients around use of cannabis.

  • Date:  November 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: OCTOBER 26, 2022

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Writing a Billable Progress Note (SOR) 3 hours

This course will teach participants the elements of a good progress note that includes the criteria required by Medicaid and other payers. Participants will learn to write exactly what is needed for reimbursement and to be more efficient in their documentation by eliminating unnecessary verbiage.

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

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 27, 2022

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Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Review (SOR) 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:  November 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: OCTOBER 31, 2022

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Burnout and Self-Care (SOR) 3 hours

This course will explore the work-related challenges of burnout, vicarious traumatization, and compassion fatigue, and will engage participants in a discussion of work and personal practices that can be protective.  Participants will have opportunities for sharing challenges they face in the workplace and brainstorm helpful coping strategies.

  • Date: November 8, 2021
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2022

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Screening for Psychological Trauma and PTSD (SOR) 3 hours

Participants in this class will learn why screening for psychological trauma and PTSD is so essential in the provision of trauma-specific and trauma-informed care, the use of specific trauma screening tools, and best practices for administration and follow-up.

  • Date: November 9, 2021
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 2, 2022

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Collaborative Documentation (SOR) 3 hours

This course will review the practice of collaborative documentation, a process that involves the client in the documentation and planning of services, enabling the clinician to both engage the client in counseling and complete the documentation within the session time. Positive outcomes have been demonstrated for both clinicians and clients. Participants in this course will learn how to use collaborative documentation can be used in conjunction with a person-centered individual counseling style.

  • Date: November 14, 2021
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Trainer: Liliane Drago, MA, CASAC Master Counselor, MAC, Director, Outreach Training Institute, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 7, 2022

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Working with Alcohol and Substance Abusers Who Are Unable to Sustain Abstinence (SOR) 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:  November 15, 2022
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 8, 2022

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Grief and Loss Issues in Addictions Counseling (SOR) 3 hours

The nature of loss and grief will be explored in this class, normalizing common reactions and experiences, and contrasting these to myths about grief and healing.  The variety of issues related to death and loss, grief and its impact, and how the cultural context impacts grievers will be reviewed.  Best practices to help those in grief will be discussed.

  • Date: November 17, 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: DECEMBER 15, 2022

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Toxicology Testing (SOR) 3 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: November 21, 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: NOVEMBER 14, 2022

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December


Brief Interventions (SOR) 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:  December 2, 2022
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Trainer: Kevin Wadalavage, MA, LMHC, CASAC, MAC, NCAC II Training & Quality Consultant, Outreach Development Corporation

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 25, 2022

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Harm Reduction (SOR) 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:  December 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: November 30, 2022

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Crisis Prevention & De-escalation* (SOR) 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 and personal safety techniques is introduced and practiced.  The overarching priority of this approach is to keep both clients and staff safe.

  • Date: December 8, 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: DECEMBER 1, 2022

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Maintaining Standards of Care in Telehealth (SOR) 3 hours

The provision of online counseling services has offered opportunities to provide access to patients, providers and care specialties that cannot as easily be offered by traditional in-person visit settings.  But there are challenges to its effective implementation, including assessing who is appropriate, technology access, confidentiality, proper orientation, boundary setting, hybrid possibilities, etc.  This presentation will invite participants to explore these issues, share any of their experiences, explore problematic scenarios and offer guidelines toward more effective provision of online counseling.

  • Date: December 13, 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: DECEMBER 6, 2022

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From Painkillers to Heroin: The Changing Face of Opioid Addiction (SOR) 3 hours

As we face a significant resurgence of opioid usage and deaths, this presentation will first ask how did we get here? and look at the links between prescription painkillers, heroin use, and the current rise of other opioids such as fentanyl. We will then consider how some of todays opioid users might reflect a changing demographic and clinical profile, the rise of opioid analogs, and the implications for treatment and recovery.

  • Date:  December 19, 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: DECEMBER 12, 2022

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Grief and Loss Issues in Addictions Counseling (SOR) 3 hours

The nature of loss and grief will be explored in this class, normalizing common reactions and experiences, and contrasting these to myths about grief and healing.  The variety of issues related to death and loss, grief and its impact, and how the cultural context impacts grievers will be reviewed.  Best practices to help those in grief will be discussed.

  • Date: December 22, 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: DECEMBER 15, 2022

 

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