Trainings for Human Service Providers

We train on a wide range of topics related to: housing, homelessness, behavioral health, case management, substance abuse and others. We are accredited as a New York State Social Work Continuing Education Provider.

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Note:  This training is a Webinar, which has 2 sessions, you must complete both session in order to receive your certificate.  NYS Social Work CE Credit Hours: 5.0. (If both sessions are completed) CASAC Renewal Credit Hours: 5.0. (If both sessions are completed) Altering behavior is complicated, and staff can either help the change process by becoming change agents in partnership with the service recipient or hinder the process by unwittingly pushing too hard.   This training is a supplementary training for practitioners who have already mastered the Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills offered in the introductory MI training, such as OARS, expressing empathy, rolling with resistance, and avoiding common road blocks to change.  In this training, participants learn how to use “change talk” to elicit client motivation.  In addition, the training introduces common MI techniques such as DARN statements, reframing, agreement with a twist, and amplified and double-sided reflections.  The goal of the training is to help practitioners promote persons’ commitment to change by advancing their use of MI techniques and avoiding traps that interfere with motivation.  Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of their role in the change process when working with others. Read More

Note:  This training is a Webinar, which has 1 session, you must complete the full session in order to receive your certificate.  This half day training is targeted to human service providers working to access mental health housing for individuals living with mental illness and in need of additional supports.This training provides a history of mental health & housing; an overview of OMH mental health housing models, eligibility, and access; as well as recovery-oriented resources and services.The training is interactive and offers skills & strategies for assessing individual support needs, engagement, and preparing applicants for successful housing interviews. All attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the NYC OMH mental health housing spectrum as well as how to navigate the HRA 2010e application and referral process. Read More

Note:  This training is a Webinar, which has 2 sessions, you must complete both session in order to receive your certificate.  NYS Social Work CE Credit Hours: 5.0. (If both sessions are completed) CASAC Renewal Credit Hours: 5.0. (If both sessions are completed) The “Recovery Model” is transforming mental health systems, a movement which champions this philosophy of practice and alters service approaches.  This training allows attendees to view mental health through that recovery lens and explores recovery as it relates to mental health through evidence, history, case studies, and exercises. Attendees learn how to appropriately support persons as they develop clear, self-directed goals to lead them towards self-determined meaningful lives. The training emphasizes a collaborative approach, with staff serving as part of the person’s support system. In addition, through role-playing and case studies, attendees obtain strategies and skills needed to work with consumers to create effective service plans that emphasize wellness and encourage consumer self-determination.  Attendees will leave the training with a better understanding on how to support persons through their personal journey toward wellness and recovery. Read More

Note:  This training is a Webinar, which has 1 sessions, you must complete the whole session in order to receive your certificate.  NYS Social Work CE Credit Hours: 5.0.  CASAC Renewal Credit Hours: 5.0 Case Managers, non-clinical and other frontline staff (i.e.: those that provide front desk services, maintenance, security, food preparation, rent collection, and recreational activities) are consistently in contact with service recipients who have a range of behavioral health needs.  This training provides an overview of the experiences of people living with special needs, including mental illness, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS.  It also offers information on how co-occurring disorders interact with one another and impact how persons respond to services.  Special emphasis is placed on understanding staff roles in supporting persons with special needs and managing everyday problematic situations.  Well-trained clinical staff matched with well-trained non-clinical staff makes for an ideal team that work collaboratively to provide optimal services. Read More

Note:  This training is a Webinar, which has 2 sessions, you must complete both session in order to receive your certificate.  NYS Social Work CE Credit Hours: 5.0. (If both sessions are completed) CASAC Renewal Credit Hours: 5.0. (If both sessions are completed) Housing First is an evidence-based practice that is a proven method of ending all types of homelessness and is the most effective approach to ending chronic homelessness.  Housing First offers homeless persons immediate access to permanent affordable or supportive housing.  Both federal and local government agencies and funders are prioritizing the housing first model as a means to house chronically homeless individuals and families effectively.  This implementation package offers an overview of the Housing First model and information on the efficacy and principles of this evidence-based practice.  Attendees will explore the philosophical underpinnings of Housing First.  Using first hand experience in adopting Housing First, programs are offered tested strategic planning issues to facilitate the implementation process.  Options for additional training supports are offered to programs adopting this exciting and promising evidence-based practice.   Read More

Note:  This training is a Webinar, which has 2 sessions, you must complete both session in order to receive your certificate.  NYS Social Work CE Credit Hours: 0.0 (This training is not eligible for Social Work CE Hours) CASAC Renewal Credit Hours: 5.0 Studies suggest that social service work can be very stressful, and that not addressing these stressors can impact service delivery.  This often translates to high turnover rates and programs having to invest in resources to train new staff.  This training acknowledges the level of stress in this field and uses the same strengths staff use in their daily work to engage in a series of dialogues about personal self-care and organizational issues that often go unaddressed.  The training also explores common sources of stress and provides strategies for managing and lowering stress levels.  Discussions focus on acknowledging and addressing issues of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma.  A special emphasis is placed on self-care for staff.  Attendees will be offered information to support a renewed sense of purpose and will be better equipped to manage their stress. Read More

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