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. 

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. 

2021 Workshops

Friday, July 23, 2021Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Youth Anxiety in the Era of COVID with Omar Gudiño, Ph.D., ABPP
Due to the nature of this training, it is limited to 100 participants.
Registration Opens: June 11, 2021

August 2 and 4, 2021 (2 Half-Days): Foundations of Anti-Racist Clinical Practice: Examining Biases and Harmful Thinking, with Lyrica Fils-Aimé
Registration Opens: June 21, 2021

Friday, August 20, 2021 (Half-Day)Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI): Individual and Organizational Criteria That Lead to a Successful Response to Stressful Incidents with Mary Ruberti, LMSW
Registration Opens: July 9, 2021.

Monday, September 27, 2021: Grief Wisdom for Youth and Families: Understanding the journey of loss and accessing the wisdom of grief with Charlene Ray, LICSW 
Registration Opens: August 16, 2021.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021: Advances in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Positive Psychology Interventions to Promote Resilience, Positive Emotions & Personal Growth in Youth with David Pratt, Ph.D., MSW. 
Registration Opens: September 8, 2021.

Friday, December 3, 2021: Strengths-based strategies for reducing substance use and mental health in urban Black youth and families with Ijeoma Opara, Ph.D., LMSW, MPH
Registration Opens: October 22, 2021.

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.