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.

Eligibility

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.

Note: Eligibility will be verified before your registration is processed. 

Add to Email List: If you are not on our email list, would like to be added, and meet the above eligibility criteria, please send an email to sw-ebp@buffalo.edu with your first and last name, agency and qualifying OMH funded program name, preferred phone (home, cell, work) and preferred email address. If you have completed a registration form for an upcoming training, you will automatically be added to the email list. 

**By signing up you will receive OMH EBP Project emails as well as the regular training emails from UB School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education for additional training opportunities.**

Annual Training Schedule

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. 

2019 Workshops Coming Soon!

June 15, 2018: 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Role of Multicultural Competence in Therapeutic Services: Using Empirically Based Practices to Increase Youth and Family Engagement with Misty Ginicola, PhD, LPC

Location: Genesee Community College, Conable Technology Building, Rm. T102, One College Rd., Batavia, NY.

Instructor:  Misty M. Ginicola, Ph.D., LPC

BioMisty M. Ginicola, Ph.D., LPC, is a Professor in the Counseling and School Psychology department at Southern Connecticut State University. Dr. Ginicola is also currently the Training and Evaluation Associate for the Mutt-i-grees Social and Emotional Skills Curriculum (an innovative PreK-12 social and emotional learning curriculum that highlights the unique characteristics of shelter pets to teach essential skills for academic and life success) at North Shore Animal League America and the School of the 21st Century in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University. In addition to research, Dr. Ginicola worked over 10 years in the field of developmental disabilities and mental health. In graduate school, she worked with Edward Zigler and Matia Finn-Stevenson on school reform programs, program evaluation research and interventions designed to improve the whole-child. She is of Cherokee and Celtic descent and identifies as two-spirited and bisexual. Her personal experiences and professional interests have developed into specific research interests and social justice advocacy in the areas of working with diverse clients and teaching multicultural competence, creative counseling strategies, and counseling for the LGBTQ+ population. Her previous and ongoing research studies address the broad definition of multicultural issues, including culture, ethnicity, disability, women’s issues, affectional and gender orientation, among others. Among her numerous publications on these issues, Dr. Ginicola is co-editor of the 2017 book ‘Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQI+ People’ published through the American Counseling Association. She also works with children, adolescents and adults in her private practice, Walk in Balance Counseling.

Description:

Using the most up to date research on empirically based practices, this workshop provides participants with a model for understanding individual and family culture, and therefore providing the most ethical and multiculturally competent assessment and interventions. Empirically based practices indicate that a multiculturally sensitive therapeutic relationship is the most effective technique in a therapist’s toolbox, setting the foundation for intervention effectiveness. This interactive workshop assists participants to understand the role of their culture as clinician, understanding their own values, beliefs, and culture, as well building knowledge of how intersectional cultures may present within a family context. Finally, participants are given specific tools and resources to present therapeutic services to youth and their families; make appropriate and culturally sensitive DSM-5 diagnoses; write treatment goals; and select empirically based practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the components of empirically based practices, as well as the importance of a multiculturally sensitive and ethical therapeutic relationship with youth and their families;
  • Express an understanding of how culture, values, beliefs, and schemas may impact assessment and engagement with youth and their families;
  • Describe the complicated interaction and intersection of cultural identities and how they can present in youth and their families;
  • Use empirically based and multiculturally competent skills, including framing therapeutic services, making appropriate DSM-5 diagnoses, writing treatment goals, and selecting therapeutic interventions.

Research:

There is a selection of research on the multicultural competence in therapeutic services at this Google Scholar link http://bit.ly/2I7jSMZ. In addition. Dr.  Ginicola’s research can be found at www.researchgate.net/profile/Misty_Ginicola

Content level: intermediate

Target Audience: social workers, mental health therapists, and other clinicians providing mental health services to children, youth, and families who meet the NYS OMH training grant eligibility criteria

CEUs

NY Social Workers: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Mental Health Counselors: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0008. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Creative Arts Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0003. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Marriage and Family Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0007. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NYS OASAS addictions professionals, provider #0045: 5.5 renewal hours for CASAC, CPP & CPS; 5.5 inital hours in section 4 for CPP.

ASWB ACE Credits: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education, #1312, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/2/2015-7/2/2018. Social workers in states other than NY should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Content level is intermediate. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5.5 clinical continuing education credits.

August 17, 2018: 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Best Practices in Clinical Supervision with Maria Picone, LCSW-R

Location: Genesee Community College, Conable Technology Building, Rm. T102, One College Rd., Batavia, NY.

Instructor: Maria Picone, LCSW-R

Bio: Maria Picone, LCSW-R, has over 40 years of social work experience working with individuals, couples and families.  This includes 30 years of experience as a supervisor. She is currently Director of Family and Community Services Department of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, and oversees multiple programs across the eight counties of WNY that serve vulnerable individuals and families from a solution focused trauma informed perspective. Maria has been very actively involved in staff development at Catholic Charities, particularly family therapy training and supervisory development.   She is an Approved Supervisor in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT).  In addition, Maria has worked as adjunct instructor at the UB School of Social Work since the mid-80s teaching interventions courses. She was the lead faculty for the Seminar in Clinical Supervision course in the Best Practices in Clinical Supervision Certificate Program postgraduate, continuing education program. Maria has a private practice devoted exclusively to supervision. She is a Fellow in the American Association of Orthopsychiatry and a member in good standing with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  Maria has served as an Expert Witness in the area of Ethical practice for the NYS Office of the Professions. She was honored with the NASW Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, and the Bishop McNulty Award for Service to Youth in 2009.

Description: This one-day overview workshop is designed to give clinical supervisors and those who may become supervisors an introduction to knowledge and tools to implement best practices in clinical supervision. Training will be collaborative, experiential and interactive with an emphasis on contextualization and skill building.

Clinical Supervision DefinedClinical supervision focuses on guiding the direct work of the supervisee in providing counseling services to clients. This relationship changes over time as a supervisee becomes more experienced and requires less direction from the supervisor. Administrative supervision focuses on the role and responsibilities of the supervisee in the organization as an employee (personnel matters, record keeping, time and attendance, etc.). There is overlap between these two types of supervision, but the focus of this workshop will be on clinical supervision with an understanding of how administrative supervision supports the clinical process.

Most mental health professionals will eventually supervise clinicians or interns. Clinical Supervision is a distinct intervention requiring specialized knowledge and skills. It is through a process of observation and evaluation of the counseling process that the supervisor helps promote the professional growth and development of the supervisee in providing effective counseling services. Critical in the development of capable practitioners, are the interpersonal issues in supervision and the parallel process between supervision and counseling practice. A supervisor has to move the supervisee through the phases of the relationship from initially assessing their strengths and needs, to creating a safe learning environment with clear expectations, maintaining collaboration and growth and helping them move on to more independent levels of practice. This training will expose participants to effective and practical tools and techniques to facilitate their development as skilled supervisors. These new skills are then modeled and passed down to supervisees to increase engagement with clients. Discussion will provide participants with an opportunity to explore how the concepts and tools may apply in their own work environments in order to contextualize the ideas presented in this workshop. 

The four focal areas of this workshop include:

  1. Overview of Clinical Supervision
  2. Enhancing Relationships with Supervisees
  3. Practical Tools and Techniques for Best Practices
  4. Application and Discussion

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify roles of the supervisor and supervisee including the impact of staff ambivalence and resistance, and supervisor discomfort on the relationship between staff and client;
  • Describe different models for clinical supervision including its relationship with “parallel process” and key components of administrative supervision, including a culturally competent approach to supervision;
  • Examine issues with boundaries, transference/countertransference, power, self-care, and legal and ethical issues;
  • Demonstrate tools and techniques for best practice in clinical supervision;
  • Identify the need for and tools for developing a supervisory contract, and an evaluation and accountability process.

Research:  There is a variety of research on clinical supervision. The Campbell Collaboration issued Clinical Supervision of Psychotherapists: A Systematic Review (2016) http://bit.ly/2pn104Q.

Content Level: intermediate

Target Audience: social workers, mental health therapists, and other clinicians providing mental health services to children, youth, and families who meet the NYS OMH training grant eligibility criteria

CEUs

NY Social Workers: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Mental Health Counselors: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0008. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Creative Arts Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0003. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Marriage and Family Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0007. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NYS OASAS addictions professionals, provider #0045: 5.5 renewal hours for CASAC, CPP & CPS; 5.5 initial hours Section 3 for CPP & CPS.

September 14, 2018: 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Neurobiology of Stress and Trauma Transformation: Improving Outcomes for Mental Health Providers Working with Youth and Their Families with Dave Melnick, LICSW

Location: Genesee Community College, Conable Technology Building, Rm. T102, One College Rd., Batavia, NY.

Instructor:  Dave Melnick, LICSW

Bio: Dave Melnick, LICSW, is a Fellow at The ChildTrauma Academy and Director of Outpatient Services at NFI in Vermont, a statewide mental health agency primarily serving children, adolescents and families. For the past 30 years, Dave has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, residential treatment, and public and day treatment schools. His work at the Family Center focuses on family therapy and trauma-recovery work, serving clients of all ages. In addition to direct clinical work, Family Center staff also provide in-service training and evaluative and consultative services around the state. Along with his focus on developmental trauma, Dave has expertise in family therapy, adolescence and attachment. He is trained in EMDR, DDP (Dr. Hughe’s attachment model), and a variety of family systems models. In 2015, he completed The ChildTrauma Academy Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) Training Certification Phase II/TTT Program and has been an active NMT Trainer since. Currently, his work focuses on providing trauma evaluations for individual youth, conducting in-service trainings, and consulting with child welfare, mental health and educational professionals. Dave and the Family Center staff are currently refining their Trauma-informed Schools Program; over 75 public and day treatment schools have participated in some form of training to improve educational practices for youth exposed to trauma.

Description:  In the past decade, professionals have made substantial gains in supporting youth and families exposed to chronic trauma.  By integrating research and innovative practice skills from multiple disciplines, our understanding of the impact of stress has led to improved outcomes.  When caregiver and professionals are specifically taught about the impact of stress, the result is often a profound shift in empathy, self-agency, and deliberate action.  In this workshop, we will examine a model for understanding the neurobiology of stress, and how it impacts engagement, relationship building, discipline, self-care and the healing process.  Neurobiological principles will be discussed and used as a guide to reflect on current practices with an eye towards becoming more attuned to the needs of youth exposed to chronic trauma.   By using core concepts from neurobiology, attachment and systems theory, and other clinical models, specific interventions will be presented.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Explain the core concepts associated with the neurobiology of stress to youth and their families;
  • Explain the “Seven Domains of Impairment” (NCTSN) and how to use these for treatment planning;
  • Identify stress states and the attendant clinical strategies to reduce them;
  • Recognize and gain insight into the impact that childhood trauma has on their capacity as a caregiver/professional.

Research:  Research information is at https://www.samhsa.gov/nctic/trauma-interventionshttp://www.nctsn.org/and https://developingchild.harvard.edu/. Google Scholar offers a selection of research on NMT http://bit.ly/2DF2NXf

Content Level: intermediate

Target Audience: social workers, mental health therapists, and other clinicians providing mental health services to children, youth, and families who meet the NYS OMH training grant eligibility criteria

CEUs

NY Social Workers: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Mental Health Counselors: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0008. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Creative Arts Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0003. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Marriage and Family Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0007. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NYS OASAS addictions professionals, provider #0045: 5.5 renewal hours for CASAC, CPP & CPS; 5.5 initial hours in Section 4 for CPP.

Trauma-Informed Certificate Programs: 5.5 Elective Hours

September 27, 2018: 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Use of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Mental Health Professionals Working with Adolescents with John R. McAteer, LCSW-R

Location: Genesee Community College, Conable Technology Building, Rm. T102, One College Rd., Batavia, NY. 

Instructor:  John R. McAteer, LCSW-R

BioJohn R. McAteer, LCSW-R, has been working in the fields of mental health and substance use for 17 years. He is a NYS OASAS-Certified SBIRT trainer and with adolescents, adults and families who struggle with psychological stressors and addiction. He assists clients to identify the strength and motivation needed to fulfill their goals.  John believes in the training, promotion and delivery of evidence-based practices to assist in the prevention and treatment of substance use and mental health disorders.  Most recently, John was appointed as the Director of Evaluation and Training in the Adelphi School of Social Works’ Institute for Adolescent Trauma, Treatment and Training. In this role, he will be overseeing the evaluation and training needs of two grants. John will be focused on the integration of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), into the curriculums of Social Work, Psychology and Nursing. The second grant works to increase the awareness and dissemination of training for providers who work with traumatized youth. John worked at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in their Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use, Prevention, Care and Treatment. In this position, he had success with the integration of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) into the Primary Care practices. Prior to that, he was the director of a mental health and substance use agency, starting the first comprehensive, outpatient Buprenorphine treatment program in Queens. He brings passion and expertise to his work; whether he is training clinical and academic staff or assisting patients in overcoming obstacles in their recovery. He believes that recovery is possible through the application of evidence-based prevention and treatment protocols.

Description: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent at-risk substance use and substance use disorders. SBIRT training provides social workers with evidence-based resources to work effectively with clients at risk for substance use disorders in a variety of settings (e.g., hospitals, outpatient or primary care settings, community health and mental health centers).

Due to its preventative approach, SBIRT has been increasingly endorsed by the medical and behavioral health community as an important intervention for adolescents, who are engaging in high-risk substance use. Currently, at Adelphi University, the Institute for Trauma, Treatment and Training is implementing a grant which incorporates SBIRT into the curricula for Social Work, Psychology and Nursing. Childhood and adolescence are times of rapid development and continuous change. Traumatic events at any age and stage of development can impact a child’s developmental accomplishments. The developmental tasks of adolescence must build on a foundation of gains from earlier years. Through this trauma-lens, we are able to view adolescent substance use in a holistic way, which prioritizes trauma screening and assessment, to inform our approach to high-risk adolescent substance use.

Participants will learn how to screen for substance use and assess the level of risk; briefly intervene to enhance client insight and motivation toward behavioral change using methods such as Motivational Interviewing, and refer to treatment clients needing specialized care. This training equips participants with skills applicable to clients facing a variety of issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize how childhood and adolescent trauma increases risk for substance use;
  • Explain how trauma and substance use complicates differential diagnosis and treatment success in mental health settings;
  • Identify screening tools and their application for clients who have experienced trauma and using substances;
  • Use principles of Motivational Interviewing as a brief intervention to engage substance-using adolescents;
  • Differentiate between at-risk clients and clients in need of referrals to treatment.

Research: Information on SBIRT can be found at www.oasas.ny.gov/admed/sbirt/index.cfm

Content level:  beginning and intermediate

Target Audience: social workers, mental health therapists, and other clinicians providing mental health services to children, youth, and families who meet the NYS OMH training grant eligibility criteria

CEUs

NY Social Workers: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Mental Health Counselors: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0008. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Creative Arts Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0003. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Marriage and Family Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0007. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NYS OASAS addictions professionals, provider #0045: 5.5 renewal hours for CASAC, CPP & CPS: 5.5 initial hours in Section 2 for CPP & CPS.

October 16, 2018: 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Application of DBT Skills for Emotion Regulation with Children and Adolescents with Gillian C. Galen, PsyD

Location: Genesee Community College, Conable Technology Building, Rm. T102, One College Rd., Batavia, NY. 

Instructor: Gillian C. Galen, PsyD

BioGillian C. Galen, PsyD, is a senior child and adolescent psychologist specializing in dialectical behavioral therapy at McLean Hospital in Boston, MA where she works as Program Director, 3East Girls Intensive and Step-Down Programs. She has extensive experience diagnosing and treating adolescents and young adults who struggle with emotion dysregulation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-endangering behaviors, such as self-injury and suicidal behaviors. She has worked closely with Dr. Michael Hollander to develop and run the clinical training program at 3East. In addition, she is an instructor in psychology, Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Galen has a particular interest in the use of mindfulness and yoga in the treatment of borderline personality disorder and psychiatric illnesses. She is the co-author of the books Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Coping with BPD: DBT and CBT Skills to Soothe the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder.

Description:

This one-day workshop will provide detailed training and practical application of the Emotion Regulation skills module of DBT with children and adolescents. Participants will learn in a brief review how the Emotion Regulation module fits into the broader treatment frame and rationale for these skills. The primary focus and time in the workshop will be on helping participants learn the Emotion regulation skills and how they can use them with their clients in a variety of settings. Skills training will include the function of emotions, primary and secondary emotions, reducing emotional vulnerabilities, mindfulness of current emotion, and Opposite to Emotion Action. The challenges to teaching these skills with different populations, and teaching and practice strategies will be discussed in detail. Participants will be asked to be engaged in active discussions and exercises to support the focus on skills application rather than simply intellectual understanding.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how Emotion Regulation module from DBT fits into the broader treatment framework and the rationale for these skills;
  • Identify clients in a variety of settings that you can apply Emotion Regulation skills in their treatment;
  • Apply content and practice teaching DBT Emotion Regulation in ways that will be effective with your clients.

Research: DBT was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and one of the components it emphasizes is Emotion Regulation. While the young adult population was part of the age groups that DBT is considered as evidence-based for (NREPP SAMHSA), use of components have been expanded to other age groups. There are variety of research articles about the use of DBT and Emotion Regulation with younger ages at http://bit.ly/2oJEyCz.

Content Level: intermediate

Target Audience: social workers, mental health therapists, and other clinicians providing mental health services to children, youth, and families who meet the NYS OMH training grant eligibility criteria

CEUs

NY Social Workers: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Mental Health Counselors: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0008. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Creative Arts Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0003. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Marriage and Family Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0007. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 5.5 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NYS OASAS addictions professionals, provider #0045: 5.5 renewal hours for CASAC, CPP & CPS; 5.5 initial hours in section 4 for CPP.

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.

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.