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:

June 7, 2019: 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. A Practical Focus on Responding to and Treating Problematic Sexual Behavior in Juveniles with Phil Rich, Ed.D, LICSW

Registration Opens: Friday, April 26, 2019

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

Instructor:  Phil Rich, Ed.D, LICSW

Bio:Dr. Phil Rich presents, trains, and consults nationally and internationally, specializing in work with sexually abusive youth. Phil holds a doctorate in applied behavioral and organizational studies and a master’s degree in social work, and has been a licensed independent clinical social worker for over 36 years. He was the Clinical Director of the Stetson School for 13 years, a large residential treatment program in Massachusetts for children, adolescents, and young adults who have engaged in sexually abusive or sexually troubled behavior, and has been the program or Clinical Director of six residential or day treatment programs. Phil is the author of several books that address work with sexually abusive youth, as well as multiple contributed chapters and articles, and a series of inter-related workbooks for youth in treatment for sexually problematic behavior. He is a fellow of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the juvenile practice representative on the ATSA Executive Board, and the chair of ATSA’s juvenile practice committee, as well as being a member of several other Boards that serve the needs of sexually abusive youth and public safety.

Description:

This full-day training focuses on the application of ideas about the treatment of sexually abusive and problematic sexual behavior in juveniles, including evaluating where along the spectrum of child and adolescent sexual behavior problematic sexual behavior lies for each client, and recognizing and applying a best practices model in the treatment of problematic sexual behavior. The training will discuss evaluation and differentiation as the foundation for treatment, or recognizing the client’s sexual behavior as lying somewhere along the spectrum of problematic sexual behavior, and what this might mean for treatment decisions, using at least one case study for illustration and discussion. However, the training day will be largely focused on responding to and treating sexually abusive/problematic sexual behavior, encouraging participant interaction and discussion, using 2-3 case studies to discuss the application of evidence-informed ideas in a best practices model of treatment. The workshop will highlight the development of case formulations that undergird treatment and case management, and allow for well-informed decisions and approaches to treatment.

Participants are welcome to bring or send in ahead of time cases they’d like to have included. If you have a case that you would like Dr. Rich to consider for a case study please email sw-ebp@buffalo.edu for more information no later than May 17, 2019. Please remember all information needs to be de-identified. 

Learning Objectives:

1.  Recognize aspects of sexual behavior that are problematic or sexually abusive in nature

2.  Describe the importance of case formulation in evaluation and treatment of juvenile sexually abusive behavior

3.  Identify the elements of contemporary, evidence-informed treatment for adolescents who engage in sexually harmful behavior.   

Research:

Dr. Rich and his colleagues have published a number of books, book chapters and articles. These can be viewed on the Books and Publications section of Dr. Rich’s website. Additional research on harmful sexual behavior in youth can be found on google scholar. 

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: approval pending.

October 2, 2019: 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Family Therapy: Using a Systemic Lens to Engage Familes and Co-parents in their Children and Adolescents Treatment with Ken Epstein, Ph.D., LCSW

Registration Opens: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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

Instructor: Ken Epstein, Ph.D., LCSW

Bio: Dr. Epstein has worked within family and youth service programs since 1981 as a line worker, clinician, program director, professor and chief executive officer. Dr. Epstein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Ph.D. in clinical social work from Smith College and an MSW from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Epstein currently works for East Bay Agency for Children and as a consultant helping organizations promote and achieve culture change by improving organizational practices and workforce development.

Previously he directed the Children, Youth and Family ’System of Care for San Francisco County Behavioral Health Services in the Department of Public Health. In this capacity he developed and led the vision and implementation of Trauma Informed Systems which has become an organizational promising practice and has been spotlighted by SAMHSA. In addition, he served as the Principal Investigator for Trauma Transformed a regional SAMHSA grant.

Beginning in 1990 Dr. Epstein has specialized in developing, supervising, teaching and practicing couples and family therapy.  He is the founding director of the Intensive Family Model Clinic that he replicated at UCSF as well as other organizations. Dr. Epstein has focused his career on working with High Conflict couples and families and building effective services and programs to serve this population.


Description:

This course will present core theories and practices framing the foundation of clinical practice with families and co-parents. The course objectives will assist participants in understanding, assessing, formulating and treating children, youth and families through a systemic lens. The workshop will include:

1.    How human problems are conceptualized using relational, family process, structural and systems theories.

2.    The relationship between the family and the socio-cultural environment,

Including the Impact of intergenerational family process, trauma, family structure, culture, family organization, structural and systemic process on the development and maintenance of family strength, resilience and problem formation.

3.    How to effectively Assess and Formulate presented problems into a systemic plan of care? Including understanding and incorporating diverse family structures, meanings, and narratives that are inclusive of multiple identities, contexts, and life experiences across the world.

4.    Strategies to engage families and co-parents in treatment including engagement and treatment strategies for high conflict families and couples.

Attention will be given to foundational theory and practice that contribute to the development of the family therapy as well as newer epistemological positions and concepts deriving from post-modern, feminist, and social constructionist theories. Our exploration of family theory and practice will include crosscutting issues of culture, ethnicity, race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability. We will discuss the changing definition of family forms and social norms. This course will stimulate participants to think about human behavior and relationships through a family systems perspective.  Ultimately the class will focus on integrating theory and practice in order to give participants a working understanding and strategy to engage, formulate, assess and treat co-parents and families.

Learning Objectives: 

1.    Examine structural and relational theories of family therapy and analyze them in relation to families;

2.    Demonstrate understanding of methods for assessing, formulating, engaging and intervening with families and co-parents;

3.    Demonstrate understanding of family systems with respect to development, attachment, structure, trauma and the impact of mental illness, substance abuse and family conflict on family functioning;

4.    Recognize the importance of family social networks and community systems (genograms, ecosystems and ecomaps) affect understanding and treatment of mental and emotional problems in families and couples;

5.    Compare, contrast and outline strategies for supportive, educational, and therapeutic interventions for working with families.

Research:  Dr. Epstein’s work is rooted in structural family therapy with a systems approach. Google scholar has information on structural family therapy and systems theory.

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: approval pending 

October 18, 2019: 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Intermediate Level: The Neurobiology of Stress and Trauma Transformation: Improving Outcomes for Mental Health Providers Working with Youth and Their Families with Dave Melnick, LICSW

Registration Opens: Friday, September 6, 2019

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 models for understanding the neurobiology of stress, and how it impacts engagement, relationship building, discipline, self-care and the healing process. This workshop will also focus on the transformative quality of metaphors in the treatment of trauma. We will examine ways we can use resilience factors, empathy and compassionate care to provide excellent services to our clients while improving relationships within our workforce.


Learning Objectives: 

1.    Describe the core concepts associated with the neurobiology of stress;

2.    Recognize the value of “the compass and not roadmap” view of treatment and trauma recovery;

3.    Analyze the critical role of metaphors as a central guideline to trauma transformation;

4.    Identify stress states and the attendant clinical strategies to reduce them.

Research:  The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) includes academic resources regarding child trauma and the developing brain. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University conducts research on the developing brain and stress and trauma. Google Scholar offers a selection of research on NMT.

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: approval pending

Trauma-Informed Certificate Programs: 5.5 Elective Hours

September 12, 2019 8:45 a.m - 4:00 p.m. Leap of Power: Helping Adolescent Clients Take Power Over Their Lives, Including Their Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs with Robert Schwebel, Ph.D.

Registration Opens: Thursday, August 1, 2019

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

Instructor:  Robert Schwebel, Ph.D.

BioRobert Schwebel, Ph.D., wrote and developed The Seven Challenges® Program for adolescents and young adults, and more recently a new version for adults of all ages. It is widely used across the United States, in Canada and Germany, and was listed in the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices. He has conducted training for hundreds of agencies using his program and frequently presented for SAMHSA, Reclaiming Futures, and at various statewide drug conferences. He has worked in the field of mental health and drug counseling for more than 45 years and wrote several books including Saying No Is Not Enough; Keep Your Kids Tobacco-Free; and Who’s on Top, Who’s on Bottom: How Couples Can Learn to Share Power.  More recently he wrote Leap of Power: Take Control of Alcohol, Drugs, and Your Life. He has appeared on the Oprah Show, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, CNN interviews and other national media. He contributes articles to thefix.com and pro-talk at rehabs.com. His new book, Leap of Power, will be released November 1, 2019.

Description: This workshop is designed to help counselors gain confidence and increase competency in approaching the issue of substance use and substance use problems. Because of the high rates of substance use among adolescents and young adults, it is an essential topic and should be part of a counseling process in working with this population – one that cannot be overlooked or left hidden. Drug counseling and life counseling are inseparable and interrelated. This workshop will provide a framework for integrating mental health and substance use discussions in counseling (including an introduction to a transtheoretical approach called Mastery Counseling). It will include practical suggestions on:

  • Approaches to initiating discussions about drugs
  • Gathering information about drug use and where it fits in the life of an individual (including with regard to co-occurring problems)
  • Helping clients make fully informed decisions to change
  • Supporting behavior change without relapse

Aside from suggesting that mental health counseling is an ideal setting for the discussion of drug use, and affirming that mental health counselors bring special skills to the table (for co-occurring psychological and situational problems), the workshop will introduce some of the essential, special knowledge and skills that come from experiences in working with drug issues, including some that is especially relevant in working with an adolescent population.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Devise ways to begin discussions about drug use in a relaxed and engaging manner that integrates with mental health counseling;
  2. Identify ways to help clients understand the needs they are satisfying or attempting to satisfy by using drugs;  
  3. Formulate ways to discuss harm from drug use, without arousing defensiveness;
  4. Identify a framework to help clients make informed decisions about their drug use, without trying to convince them to change;
  5. Formulate ways to empower clients with multiple ways to self-monitor and succeed in decisions to make life changes, including about their drug use behavior.

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: approval pending

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.