Accredited as a New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course. Visit CUCS' website to register. Members only: Please contact Joelle Ballam-Schwan for the discount code.
The Network’s collaboration with the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) Institute continues this year with an exciting roster of upcoming trainings, discounted for Network members. All trainings are held at CUCS, 198 East 121st Street from 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
January 15, 2020
Wellness & Aging in Supportive Housing
Demographic shifts in the United States are impacted significantly by aging Baby Boomers and prolonged life expectancy. Studies show that the proportion of older persons will increase dramatically over the next few decades. Services and programming must be able to adapt to this new need to help adults age in place, promote health, and absorb the increase of homeless older individuals.
This full-day 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 this cohort and how supportive housing can offer specialized services and modifications for them.
February 19, 2020
Suicide Assessment and Prevention Training
Suicide is a major public health concern and among the leading causes of death in the United States. Recent studies reveal that suicide in some populations is on the rise. Service providers are challenged with offering support to a number of special needs populations who are at greater risk of suicide than the norm. National efforts have focused on identifying risk factors and strategies to prevent suicide.
This full-day training overviews both suicide assessment and prevention and offers vital statistics with an emphasis on risk factors that contribute to potential suicide. Intervention strategies, including assessment on the continuum of suicide and ensuring the person’s safety are presented, and attendees will learn how to create a plan of safety for individuals. Case studies are used to practice the skills presented in this training and resources are provided. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the suicide continuum and a host of strategies to assist persons in crisis.
March 24, 2020
Maximizing Staff Performance through Staff Supervision
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. Members only: Please contact Joelle Ballam-Schwan for the discount code.
April 21, 2020
From Incarceration to the Community
In prison and jail, individuals with mental illness often experience a series of traumatizing (or re-traumatizing) events that increase their mental and emotional vulnerability. These experiences can create challenges to re-entry into the community. This training is designed for those who are or will be working with individuals living with mental illness who have a justice-involved history. Specifically, it explores cultural adaptations common during incarceration and how these behaviors can influence the adjustment to “living on the outside." The full-day training then provides tools for engaging and assisting these individuals as they transition back into community settings. Case scenarios are presented, as well as a “Prison Survival Quiz” that reviews some of the situations and decisions that an inmate may encounter when incarcerated – and the impact of those decisions after. Attendees of the training will leave with a clearer understanding of what it means to be acculturated into prison life, and the steps that direct service staff can take to help individuals re-acclimate after release.
May 20, 2020
Understanding Compulsive Hoarding
Until recently, compulsive hoarding remained a misunderstood disorder about which little was known. Current research and outreach strategies have transformed the types of services we can now offer persons with this disorder. The full-day training focuses on teaching staff the skills needed to work collaboratively with a tenant to help them stay housed. It offers an overview of hoarding, identifies the populations at highest risk, and helps distinguish hoarding from collecting. Attendees learn how to assess, engage, and manage these behaviors in supportive housing, and will leave the training with a more complete understanding of how to create a healthy alliance with persons who hoard, as well as assist them with a transition to a less cluttered life.
This training is a pre-requisite to "Buried in Treasures: A Curriculum to Address Hoarding Disorder," an evidence-based curriculum targeted to both support services and property management staff interested in offering classes to tenants on the issue of hoarding.