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. 

2024 Workshops

Welcome to the 2024 OMH trainings. We hope to see you in person this year, but will continue to have a virtual option for those that need. 

Monday, June 17, 2024: The (not so) Silent Crisis: Understanding and Addressing Youth Suicide Risk with Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW
Registration opens 4/29/24

Wednesday, July 24, 2024: Culturally Competent Boundary Setting and Mandated Reporting: Providing Respectful Services to Clients and Families with Wayne Brown, LCSW, EdM
Registration opens 5/29/24

Friday, September 19, 2024: From Jinxes to “Just right” to Germs: Applying Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy to Pediatric OCD and Related Disorders with Jessica Bodie, PhD
Registration opens 7/19/24

Monday, October 28, 2024 (morning): Strategic Patient Diagnosis: Enhancing Therapeutic Alliances, Diagnostic Precision, and Inter-Professional Communication in Clinical Practice with Iustinian Rusu, MD
Registration opens 8/26/24

Monday, October 28, 2024 (afternoon): Mood Disorders Across Developmental Spectrums: Assessment and Interventions with Iustinian Rusu, MD
Registration opens 8/26/24

2023 Workshops

Friday, September 8, 2023: Surviving and Thriving in Children's Mental Health Care Settings with Beth Tripi, LCSW-R, PhD Candidate
Registration Opens: 7/14/23

Thursday, September 21, 2023: Measurement-Based Care: Guiding treatment and improving outcomes using the tools you already have with Ruben Martinez, PhD
Registration Opens: 7/27/23

Friday, October 6, 2023: Effective Planning, Strategies, and Immediate Techniques: Working with Oppositional, Defiant & Disruptive Behavioral Populations with Jennifer Wilke-Deaton, MA, LPA
Registration Opens: 8/11/23

Thursday, November 2, 2023: The Power of Showing Up: Clinical Application of Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Practical Parenting with the Brain in Mind with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, LCSW
Registration Opens: 9/7/23

2022 Workshops

We hope you enjoyed the 2022 Family Therapy Series! See you next year. Missed a course? Check the links to see if there is a self-study available (if there is you will see the listed course as not active but a note on the side for other formats and self-study will be listed)!

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2021 Workshops

Missed a course? Check the links to see if there is a self-study available (if there is you will see the listed course as not active but a note on the side for other formats and self-study will be listed)!

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.

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

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

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 

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. 

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

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.