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.
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.