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The Network organizes and/or sponsors dozens of events and workshops every year across New York State. Below, you'll find our current list of events. Many of the workshops we list on this page are collaborations with the Center for Urban Community Services. We update this page very regularly, so check back soon for more workshops, conferences and other events.

CUCS/Network Trainings

Overview of Psychiatric Disorders
Date & Time: October 28, 2016, 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: CUCS Training Center, 198 East 121st, New York, NY 10035
Members register here.
Non-members register here.

With the release of the new Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-5), direct service staff may have questions about the changes to the diagnostic criteria made by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). This training provides an updated overview of the major psychiatric disorders, including Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder. The training also offers a review of the most significant changes made in the new DSM-5. Attendees will be offered the opportunity to review the diagnostic criteria from DSM-IV and see how the DSM-5 has adapted the criteria to include most current thinking from experts in the field, leaving with a more complete picture of the new criteria of the DSM-5 and how it compares and contrasts with previous versions.

Links to the following trainings will be posted as soon as available (typically, closer to the date of the event):

November 18, 2016
CMCP Module 1 - Introduction to Case Management
Using the National Association of Social Worker’s (NASW) Standards for Case Management as a guiding vision, this training offers new case managers an opportunity to learn fundamental concepts of a helping relationship with a focus on strength-based and person-centered services. Accredited as  New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course & OASAS Certified.

Dec. 9, 2016
CMCP Module 2 - Practical Counseling Skills
This training offers practical information about mental health counseling and the role of the case manager in facilitating individuals’ achievement of greater independence and movement towards wellness.  The training emphasizes strengths-based engagement and assessment, active listening skills, focused referrals, and effective transition of services as individuals make progress on the path toward recovery. Accredited as  New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course & OASAS Certified.

Jan. 6, 2016
CMCP Module 3 - The Art of Person-Centered Documentation
This training offers information on how to shift from a system-centered approach to a person-centered approach, and shares tips to engage and assess an individual’s person-centered goals.  Documentation serves as the blueprint and footprint for the Person-Centered Planning process. Accredited as  New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course & OASAS Certified.

Jan. 27, 2016
CMCP Module 4 - Understanding Special Needs
This training provides an overview of the experiences of people living with special needs, including mental illness, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS.  Special emphasis is placed on understanding staff roles in supporting persons with special needs. OASAS Certified.

Feb. 17, 2017
CMCP Module 5 - Decompensation & Relapse: A Proactive Lens
This training offers skills and strategies on responding to psychiatric crises, including assessing, engaging, and assisting persons at the earlier stage of decompensation to adhere to treatment.  The workshop also explores how to support persons recovering from substance abuse and to promote relapse prevention. Accredited as  New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course & OASAS Certified.

March 10, 2017
CMCP Module 6 - Non-Coercive Approaches to Conflict Mgmt
This training offers participants the skills to intervene in the early stages of conflict as a way to prevent violence, and looks at person-centered approaches to establish relationships that help prevent tense situations from intensifying.  This training describes the different stages of conflict escalation and ways to respond to each stage. Accredited as  New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course & OASAS Certified.

March 29, 2017
Understanding Compulsive Hoarding
This training is targeted to both support services and property management staff working with persons who are compulsive hoarders.  The training focuses on how these teams can work collaboratively with a tenant to help him/her stay housed.  Techniques and strategies from Buried in Treasures: Address Hoarding Disorder are shared. Accredited as  New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course & OASAS Certified.

April 11, 2017
Wellness & Aging in Supportive Housing
This training explores the specific needs and challenges of working with persons as they age and offers skills and strategies to assist persons to maximize independence and continue to work towards full and healthy living.  At the end of this training, participants will have a better understanding of how Supportive Housing can offer specialized services and modifications to allow healthy aging in place. Accredited as  New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course & OASAS Certified.

May 3, 2017
Trauma & Its Aftermath: Module 1 - New Thinking About Trauma-Informed Care
Trauma Informed Care is an engagement technique that recognizes the presence of trauma histories and acknowledges the role of trauma in the lives of survivors.  This training offers an overview of the new diagnostic criteria from the DSM-5 of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma related disorders, as well as other symptoms and behaviors that can result from trauma.  Assessment, safety issues, medication and symptom management are explored. Accredited as  New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course & OASAS Certified.

May 10, 2017
Trauma & Its Aftermath: Module 2 - Supporting Persons With Trauma Histories
An understanding of support strategies that offer safety and grounding to persons with trauma histories are covered in this full day training.  Aside from the effects of trauma on individuals, trainees will gain a better understanding of the healing process including providing safety, mindfulness and grounding techniques. Accredited as  New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course & OASAS Certified.

June 6, 2017
Coordinating Property Management and Social Services
This training is targeted to social service and property management staff working together in supportive housing settings.  It examines the discrete roles of each of their two functions, as well as where the roles overlap.  Strategies are presented to develop and maintain clear lines of communication and establish forums for identifying and solving common problems. OASAS Certified.

For more information on registering or training content, please contact CUCS Institute at institute@cucs.org.