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Webinar/Virtual Training
DESCRIPTION This webinar will focus on addressing the impact of substance use in African American communities.  It will explore the prevalence as well as the etiology of substance use in the history of this population. In addition, further critical topics in substance use and African Americans will be brought to the discussion.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES Identify solutions to Substance Use Disorder in African Americans Develop treatment options in African American communities Assess Race/Ethnicity differences among high risk individuals Identify research, clinical, and educational opportunities PRESENTER   Dr. Evaristo Akerele has significant leadership experience. He is an accomplished Clinician, Researcher, Educator and Administrator. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Newark Jersey Medical School. He is Chair/Medical Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Garnet Medical Center. He has served as Clinical Medical Director, Department of Health responsible for all Clinical services including but not limited to the departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, Social Work, Psychology, Rehabilitation Services, Co occurring services, and Pastoral Care. He served as Vice President/Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral health at Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn New York. There he developed the Hospital’s first Psychiatry Residency Program. He also served as Director of Residency Training and Education at Harlem Hospital Columbia University, The Network Director for the North Brooklyn Health Network for Substance Abuse Services, Woodhull, New York University. As Vice President and Medical Director for Phoenix House he was responsible for the medical management of over 3000 patients.
Webinar/Virtual Training
DESCRIPTION This training is designed build on the understanding of different types of stimulants, where they come from and how they impact our communities in different ways than other drugs. This training will explore the unique challenges when treating people with stimulant use disorder. The training will discuss the physical, cognitive, and psychological effects of stimulants. The second training will also begin to explore the behavioral treatments that are effective and our evidence based to treat stimulant use disorders such as contingency management. The webinar will put a specific emphasis on the importance implementation of contingency management as well as organizational readiness. LEARNING OBJECTIVES At the end of this training, participants will be able to: Develop specific strategies to support clinicians working with clients ways to enhance traditional treatment models and clinical approaches to adapt to the most current neuroscience and research to treat stimulant  use disorders in more effective ways. Identify how different stimulants impact clients differently especially from other drugs and build the confidence and capacity of addiction treatment providers and professionals who treat people with stimulant use disorders.  Utilize effective client centered strategies to address Stimulant Use Disorders while supporting personal recovery and prevention.   INTENDED AUDIENCE  Professionals in the Behavior Health field PRESENTER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Nicholas Szubiak, MSW, LCSW Nick brings more than 20 years of experience in direct service, administration, and clinical experience to the healthcare field. He is the Principal of NSI Consulting, an organization that provides support to integrated healthcare environments. Nick is the former Assistant Vice-President of Addiction and Recovery at the National Council for Behavioral Health. He has provided technical assistance, consultation and training toward bi-directional integration of behavioral health and primary care, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), SBIRT, measurement-based care, and population health management. His experience includes MAT implementation, FQHC integration models and partnerships, trauma-informed care, recovery-oriented systems of care, health homes, and developing high-functioning teams to provide integrated care to the communities they serve. His expertise also involves systems change management, leadership development, and supervisory skills. Nick is known for his heartfelt presentations and has sat on various expert panels, partnering with many organizations as a subject matter expert. Nick is an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii, Myron B. Thomas School of Social Work. He earned his master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.            For immediate questions, contact [email protected]               
Virtual TA Session
SBIRT is a comprehensive public health approach for delivering prevention, early intervention and referral to treatment services to people using substances in a harmful or risky way. We will review the skills necessary to provide screenings, brief interventions, and extended brief interventions.  During office hours, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, participate in discussions, present cases, and provide potential topics related to SBIRT as the sessions move forward. DETAILS AND LOGISTICS OF OFFICE HOURS Time:    12:00pm—1:00pm EST Where: Virtual Dates:    July 30, 2024 August 27, 2024 September 17, 2024   SIGN UP FOR JULY'S SESSION TODAY!                                                                               PRESENTER:                                                                           Billie Jo Smith, MS, LPC Billie Jo currently serves as a Program Manager for the Behavioral Health Integration team at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Health Plan.  Billie Jo has worked in the addiction treatment field for over 15 years, first as a clinician, and later a supervisor and manager in various clinical settings including residential and outpatient treatment facilities. Billie Jo trains and consults with providers in the behavioral and physical health fields across the United States. Billie Jo conducts all levels of Motivational Interviewing (MI) training up to and including coaching and supervision.  Billie Jo trains MIA-STEP (Motivational Interviewing Assessment: Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Proficiency), SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment), Technology-Based Clinical Supervision and other topics relevant to the treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders.  Billie Jo has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2018.  Billie Jo is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania.
Webinar/Virtual Training
DESCRIPTION This webinar will focus specifically on contingency management and the specific components required in developing an effective program. We will discuss target behaviors, choosing the target population, the use of and components of effective incentives and reinforcers. Further focus will be on the development of guardrails and program policies and procedures to address concerns around fraud and abuse of funds.   INTENDED AUDIENCE  Professionals in the Behavior Health field PRESENTER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Nicholas Szubiak, MSW, LCSW Nick brings more than 20 years of experience in direct service, administration, and clinical experience to the healthcare field. He is the Principal of NSI Consulting, an organization that provides support to integrated healthcare environments. Nick is the former Assistant Vice-President of Addiction and Recovery at the National Council for Behavioral Health. He has provided technical assistance, consultation and training toward bi-directional integration of behavioral health and primary care, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), SBIRT, measurement-based care, and population health management. His experience includes MAT implementation, FQHC integration models and partnerships, trauma-informed care, recovery-oriented systems of care, health homes, and developing high-functioning teams to provide integrated care to the communities they serve. His expertise also involves systems change management, leadership development, and supervisory skills. Nick is known for his heartfelt presentations and has sat on various expert panels, partnering with many organizations as a subject matter expert. Nick is an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii, Myron B. Thomas School of Social Work. He earned his master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.            For immediate questions, contact [email protected]         
Webinar/Virtual Training
DESCRIPTION This webinar will be a roundtable learning style webinar for organizations and providers to come together to discuss clinical cases and treating people with stimulant use disorder; and challenges around developing and implementing contingency management programs.  Real world case examples, treatment planning challenges, and clinical decision-making situations will be explored in a case review and consultation style environment.   It is preferred, but not required, that participants attend any of the following trainings prior to attending the roundtable discussion:  Contingency Management and Stimulant Use Webinar Series Session 1: Foundations Contingency Management and Stimulant Use Webinar Series Session 2: The Impact of Stimulants Contingency Management and Stimulant Use Webinar Series Session 3: Effective Programing     INTENDED AUDIENCE  Professionals in the Behavior Health field PRESENTER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Nicholas Szubiak, MSW, LCSW Nick brings more than 20 years of experience in direct service, administration, and clinical experience to the healthcare field. He is the Principal of NSI Consulting, an organization that provides support to integrated healthcare environments. Nick is the former Assistant Vice-President of Addiction and Recovery at the National Council for Behavioral Health. He has provided technical assistance, consultation and training toward bi-directional integration of behavioral health and primary care, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), SBIRT, measurement-based care, and population health management. His experience includes MAT implementation, FQHC integration models and partnerships, trauma-informed care, recovery-oriented systems of care, health homes, and developing high-functioning teams to provide integrated care to the communities they serve. His expertise also involves systems change management, leadership development, and supervisory skills. Nick is known for his heartfelt presentations and has sat on various expert panels, partnering with many organizations as a subject matter expert. Nick is an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii, Myron B. Thomas School of Social Work. He earned his master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.            For immediate questions, contact [email protected]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Webinar/Virtual Training
DESCRIPTION  As public support and acceptance of sexual and gender minority (SGM) people has grown, more and more facets of the community have begun to disclose their identities publicly. The terms that SGM individuals use to identify themselves are numerous and ever evolving, but respectfully using and discussing these terms doesn’t need to be intimidating. This webinar will introduce a variety of current identifying terms using real-world examples, explore the reasons behind SGM individuals’ varying levels of disclosure, and prepare providers to confidently engage with these emerging identities.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Explain the importance of self-naming and identification for SGM individuals. Assess the continuums of gender, sexuality, and relationship style along which SGM individuals might identify themselves. Identify how bias and socially-engineered trauma lead to varying levels of disclosure and decreased health outcomes for SGM individuals. Develop vocabulary and communication strategies to create a welcoming environment for SGM individuals, regardless of their identity or level of disclosure.   PRESENTER  Kate Bishop, MSSA, Education Coordinator at the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton, is a seasoned professional development trainer with expertise in working with LGBTQ populations, sexual and reproductive health care, adolescent development, intimate partner violence, and sexual trauma. She is certified as a trainer through GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) as well as SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). Before joining the Chase Brexton team, she developed the capacity building program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s STAR TRACK Adolescent HIV program, providing cultural responsiveness trainings for agencies that serve sexual minority youth of color. Ms. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies from Hiram College and a Masters in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University.   For immediate questions, contact [email protected]       
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