CUCS Trainings for Human Service Providers

CUCS provides training on a wide range of topics related to human services and behavioral health. CUCS is accredited as a New York State Social Work Continuing Education Provider and OASAS certified.

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This training offers an overview of the Stages of Change model, developed by Prochaska, DeClemente, and Norcross. Although the Stages of Change are often associated with substance usage, the principles apply to any behavioral health issue. This training also addresses the complications substance use has on treatment adherence and overall wellness. This model explores the modification of addictive behavior involving the progression through five defined states: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. Attendees receive a detailed explanation of each stage, interventions that best match where the person is at in the change process, and strategies to effectively respond to relapse. Strategies for working with resistance and denial, resolving ambivalence, building motivation for change, and preventing and managing relapse are presented. Read More

Change is difficult for most persons, yet change is the driving force behind most service planning and goal-setting. Motivational Interviewing (MI), developed by Miller and Rollnick, is an intervention that helps people recognize and address problem behavior (present or potential), and is intended to help resolve ambivalence and to get a person moving along the path to change. MI serves as an important prelude to other treatment and services by creating an "openness" to change, which paves the way for further important therapeutic work. This training provides an introduction to the basic principles and skills associated with MI including OARS, expressing empathy, rolling with resistance, and avoiding common roadblocks to change. Read More

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental health diagnosis that is often misunderstood and highly stigmatized. The diagnosis is characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior, which can effect interactions with social service staff and other clients. This training reviews some of the most current theories about the causes of Borderline Personality Disorder as cited in the DSM-5. BPD symptoms, strategies for staff, and correlated underlying experiences are all reviewed. The primary purpose of the training is to help attendees better understand the experience of having this disorder and how to develop interventions that clinically support the client. Read More

Suicide is a major pubic health concern and is among the leading causes of death in the United States. Recent studies reveal that suicide in some populations is on the rise. Service providers are challenged with offering support to a number of special needs populations who are at greater risk of suicide than the norm. National efforts have focused on identifying risk factors and strategies to prevent suicide. This training provides an overview of both suicide assessment and prevention, and offers vital statistics with an emphasis on risk factors that contribute to potential suicide. Intervention strategies, including assessment on the continuum of suicide and ensuring the person’s safety are presented, and attendees will learn how to create a plan of safety for individuals. Case studies are used to practice the skills presented in this training and resources are provided. Read More

Demographic shifts in the United States are impacted significantly by aging Baby Boomers and prolonged life expectancy. Studies show that the proportion of older persons will increase dramatically over the next few decades. Services and programming must be able to adapt to this new need to help adult’s age-in-place, promote health and absorb the increase of homeless older individuals. This training explores the specific needs and challenges of working with persons as they age and offers skills and strategies to assist persons to maximize independence and continue to work towards full and healthy living. Read More

NY/NY III is the agreement between New York City and New York State to create 9,000 units of supportive housing for a wide range of disabled homeless persons in New York City. The agreement marked the largest commitment to creating housing for homeless persons. This half day training is targeted to human service providers working to access housing for special needs populations. The NY/NY III Agreement provides housing options for Chronically Homeless Single Adults or Families, or those at risk of becoming Chronically Homeless. This housing targets several populations, including Youth Aging out of Foster Care; and Single Adults or Families who have a Serious Mental Illness, HIV/AIDS or another Disabling Clinical Condition and/or a Substance Use Disorder. The training is interactive and reviews the eligibility criteria, how to apply, and resources to complete an effective HRA 2010e application. . It is recommended that trainees take this training prior to registering for the HRA 2010e training. Read More

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