NYS OMH Children, Youth, and Families Mental Health Evidence-Based Practice Project

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In collaboration with the New York Office of Mental Health’s Western Region, we offer free training to eligible agency employees within the 19 western region counties who work with children, youth and their families in providing mental health services.


Who is eligible to attend? Staff from agency providers within the 19 counties of Western New York who provide NYS OMH funded services to children, adolescents and their families. If you are not sure your program is eligible, please contact sw-ebp@buffalo.edu.

Add to Email List: If you would like to be added to our email list, and meet the eligibility criteria, please follow the directions for signing up and registering to join the OMH EBP Membership Group. 

I am eligible to attend. How do I sign up and register?

  1. Go to the membership page. Click on the "Join" button. This will prompt you to login or create an account. 
    • New accounts: If you are creating an account for the first time, you may create an account with a personal or agency email. The email used to create your account will receive training announcements. 
    • Existing accounts: If you already have an account from taking any of our online self-study programs (including any of our trauma certificate programs), please use the login information you used for these courses.
  2. Once you create an account or log into an existing account, you will be able to complete your request to join the OMH group. If you have trouble, go back to the membership page
    • NOTE: You have to go through the process as if you were making a purchase and authorize the membership renewal question. There is no cost and you will not be asked to provide any payment information. You know you are done when you select "Click here to complete this order" and receive a confirmation email.
  3. All membership requests are reviewed for eligibility and you will be considered "pending" until "approved". You will receive email updates regarding the status of your membership and you can check the status in your account by going to the "Membership" tab.
  4. We ask that anyone who changes employers prior to the annual renewal contact sw-ebp@buffalo.edu to determine continued eligibility.
  5. All courses can be found on this webpage by clicking on the workshop title below. 
    • NOTE: Courses will not appear in the catalog until the day registration opens. To access the course information prior to registration opening you must use the title links to expand the section and click on the registration button. As in the past, an email notification will be sent the day registration opens with a direct link to register for the workshop in our new system.
    • Once registration opens, you must be signed in to register for courses. You can access trainings open for registration by going to the "Membership" tab in your account, find the OMH membership group, and click on the "Enter Group" button to be taken to a list of all active trainings open for registration. 


Annual Training Schedule

Each year, approximately four trainings are scheduled that are free to eligible staff. Once scheduled, details will be posted in this section. Registration opens approximately six weeks prior to the training date. Scheduled trainings are announced via email. 

2020 Workshops!

All trainings will be held at Genesse Community College, Conable Technology Building, with a back up plan to be conducted live online via Zoom on the same dates and times listed. We will be following all guidelines for gathering in groups when making decisions on how to host these events. Please note that whether the course takes place in-person, online, or both, they will still count towards the NYSED live training hour requirements. Any changes will be posted to original course descriptions, this website, and all registered participants will receive email notifications. 

6/9/20 9:00 am - 4:00 pm: The Mystery of Risk: Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy and the Vulnerable Child with Ira Chasnoff, MD. Training is no longer available. 

8/11/20 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality: Raising Clinical Care to Save Lives with Amy Brausch, Ph.D. Due to the nature of the training, it is limited to 100  participants. Registration Open.

9/30/20 9:00 am - 3:30 pm: Collaborative Documentation: Assessing, Planning and Treating with Your Client with Lindsay Meagher, LMSW, CASAC. Registration Opens August 19, 2020.

10/16/20 9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Tools for Effective Solution-Focused Therapy with Children and Families with Pamela King, LMFT. Registration Opens September 1, 2020.

11/3/20 9:00 am - 4:00 pm: An Introduction to Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Concepts and Practices with Gilbert Foley, Ed.D., IMH-E (IV-C). Registration Opens September 22, 2019.

ADA Accomodations

If you require any support for your accessibility (ADA) needs in the United States, please contact us at least 3 weeks prior to the event by email at sw-ebp@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5843.

Customer Service

We are happy to respond to any concerns or questions you may have. Please contact us at by email at sw-epb@buffalo.edu  or by phone at 716-829-5843.

Cancellation Policy

Please notify us by email at least five business days before the scheduled training for anticipated cancellations.  All emergency cancellations must also be reported by email. Contact us at sw-ebp@buffalo.edu.

Due to the popularity of the workshops, no shows are at risk for not being able to attend future workshops.