The Network's two signature events -- the Conference and the Gala -- are scheduled! SAVE THE DATES!
Our annual New York State Supportive Housing Conference at the Marriott Marquis will take place June 13th, 2019. For the past several years, more than 1,600 members of the New York State supportive housing community have joined us for this one-day event, with the support of some 40 sponsors and 40 exhibitors.
Our annual Awards Gala at Capitale will take place October 17th, 2019. For the past several years upwards of 550 members of our community have joined us for our annual cocktail party/awards event.
The Network’s collaboration with the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) Institute continues this year with an exciting roster of upcoming trainings. All trainings are held at CUCS. 198 East 121st Street from 9:30-3:30.
February 12, 2019: Practical Counseling Skills
Case managers have diverse backgrounds, and they work to provide a wide range of services to persons with special needs as they navigate the complicated systems that support them. Yet staff who are new to the field often have little to no hands-on experience in basic engagement and counseling skills, and studies show that effectively-trained staff provide more consistent and higher-quality services in helping professions. 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. Participants are introduced to a variety of fundamental clinical skills and strategies. 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. Attendees have the opportunity to utilize examples from their own work.
Accredited as a New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course and OASAS Certified. You can register for this training here, and use the code FEB12PCS as the coupon code for your membership discount.
February 26: Moving On: Supporting Persons through Transition
Housing programs committed to helping persons move on to greater independence strive to create a culture that supports growth and recovery. Integrating this philosophy into the program’s mission, goals, and service delivery approach is essential. This training assists providers in preparing tenants, who demonstrate an interest, to move on to more independent housing. The presentation explores common responses people may experience when moving forward and how human services staff can offer support and assistance. Attendees learn how to create an individualized after-care plan to help people successfully transition and integrate into their new communities, assisting tenants in both achieving and maintaining their goal of independent living. Attendees will leave this workshop with skills and strategies that facilitate and support the transition towards greater self-sufficiency.
Accredited as a New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course and OASAS Certified. You can register for this training here, and use the code FEB26MOSCTT as the coupon code for your membership discount.
March 14: Supervision: Maximizing Staff Performance through Staff Supervision
Target Audience: Supervisory Staff (Clinical and Non-Clinical)
Effective human service work hinges upon competent supervision. Supervisors often drive the mission of the organization and reinforce good practice standards, and the effectiveness of service delivery can be impacted positively or negatively through supervision. This training addresses the skills necessary to effectively supervise, manage, and support staff. Topics include the purpose of supervision, qualities of effective supervision, mentoring staff, identifying one’s supervisory styles, delegating, and scheduling. Giving staff feedback and addressing performance and conduct issues are practiced through case studies. Attendees will leave the workshop feeling better equipped to provide the support that staff members need to perform optimally.
Accredited as a New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course and OASAS Certified. You can register for this training here, and use the code MAR14MSPTSS as the coupon code for your membership discount.
March 26: The Art of Person-Centered Documentation
Person-Centered Planning is a process designed to assist individuals in making plans for their future based upon what is uniquely important to them. It relies on a collaborative, non-coercive approach that is respectful and responsive to a person’s preferences and needs, ensuring that the person’s values guide all decisions. 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. The training also offers practical guidance on how to support this process through service planning documentation, as well as other relevant charting issues. Attendees will leave the training better equipped to discover the personal goals of the individuals to whom they provide services, and to incorporate those goals into ongoing documentation.
Accredited as a New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course and OASAS Certified. You can register for this training here, and use the code MAR26TAPCD as the coupon code for your membership discount.
April 2: Decompensation and Relapse: A Proactive Lens
The philosophy and practice of recovery is transforming the way we look at mental health services, as well as how programs respond to persons who decompensate or relapse. Utilizing the least restrictive intervention while ensuring that the client is both safe and having his or her mental health needs addressed can be complicated. 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. In cases where the crisis has escalated, the workshop reviews strategies for voluntary and involuntary hospitalizations and for assisting persons returning from the hospital. In addition, the workshop explores how to support persons recovering from substance abuse and to promote relapse prevention. In cases where relapse does occur, the training offers strategies to maximize the learning experience and help persons gain motivation to re-engage in sobriety.
Accredited as a New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course and OASAS Certified. You can register for this training here, and use the code APR2DAR as the coupon code for your membership discount.
April 24: Non-Coercive Approaches to Conflict Management
Conflicts are an unavoidable aspect of life. Periodically, conflicts can rise to the level of crisis or violence, leaving staff feeling ill-equipped to respond meaningfully. Appropriately-trained staff, however, can anticipate and be prepared to use effective strategies to de-escalate situations. If recognized and dealt with effectively, differences have the potential to inspire, promote positive change, and encourage growth and understanding. 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 also describes the different stages of conflict escalation and ways to respond to each stage. At the end of the training, attendees will have a better understanding of conflict and greater confidence in responding to conflicts.
Accredited as a New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course and OASAS Certified. You can register for this training here, and use the code APR24CACM as the coupon code for your membership discount.
June 5: Trauma & Its Aftermath 1: New Thinking About Trauma Informed Care
Though statistics vary, there is a consensus in the field that most consumers of mental health services are trauma survivors and that their trauma experiences shape their responses to outreach and services. 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 both on case management and programmatic levels. The training explores vicarious trauma issues. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of Trauma Informed Care and the clinical skills needed to support persons healing and recovering from trauma histories.
Accredited as a New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course and OASAS Certified. You can register for this training here, and use the code JUN05PART1 as the coupon code for your membership discount.
June 25: Trauma Informed Care 2: Supporting Persons With Trauma Histories
Providing effective, clinically sound services for persons with trauma histories can be complicated. Well intentioned, but unskilled staff can inadvertently set persons with trauma histories into crisis by over-processing or not understanding how to help persons contain their thoughts when talking about trauma. 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. In addition, the workshop explores self care as an essential component for staff working with trauma histories. Through case studies and role plays, attendees will be able to practice these skills and leave feeling more competent in their understanding of trauma and its aftermath.
Accredited as a New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course. You can register for this training here, and use the code JUN25PART2 as the coupon code for your membership discount.