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In an effort to advance the knowledge and skills of human services professionals (including administrators, clinicians, coaches and counselors) throughout New York’s Capital Region, Albany Behavioral Health provides a broad array of trainings and workshops designed to further professional development, continuing education and corporate compliance.

ABH President & Founder, Angela Lewin, conducts all of our trainings. Well-known throughout the region for her expertise and leadership in the health and human services sector, Ms. Lewin is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience in order to ensure that local professionals are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to provide nothing short of exceptional care and services in their communities.

Trainings are conducted in a variety of locations throughout the Capital Region and can even be held at your workplace. Some trainings can also be tailored to address the particular needs of client organizations.

Our current offerings are listed below. For additional information or to schedule a training, contact us at or 518-729-2126.

At a Glance

All Trainings & Workshops


Medication-Assisted Recovery

Duration: 6 hours | 6 CEUs
Focuses on the importance of medication-assisted recovery as a pathway of recovery.

Emphasis will be placed on using science as a springboard to eliminating the stigma of addiction as a moral failing to one that embraces the chronic care disease model of which medications such as suboxone and methadone play a significant role in achieving sustained recovery. The training will also examine changing public attitudes and shifts in treatment approaches to this three-fold psycho-medical-legal social problem.


Comprehensive Case Management

Duration: 6 hours
Explores the history of case management in multiple human service environments and organizations. Includes a review of the skills and preparation necessary for certification.

Much of the focus will be on client advocacy, wellness and recovery, assertiveness and evaluation skills, and the importance of case management in multi-systems and community engagement.

The training will also cover core competencies, case management principles, best practices for meeting the challenges in pre-post treatment and aftercare, and conflict of interest issues relative to family, community and worker proximity.


Women and Substance Use Disorders

Duration: 6 hours
Explores the most effective models of care for women with substance use disorders.

Reasons for the delay in seeking help, barriers to outreach and treatment (including the stigma attached to women struggling with SUD), and specialized treatment settings for those who would do better in gender specific settings will be discussed.


Using the DSM-5

Duration: 4 hours

Focuses specifically on the diagnostic tools used in diagnosing mental health and substance use disorders.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is a case formulation tool that requires core clinical skills that link assessed information and outcome planning. It is the hypothesis about the mechanisms that cause and or maintain the problem.

This training will also help participants understand why individuals have a particular problem in the first place and how to seek patterns for remediation.


Interventions for Families

Duration: 6 hours | 6 CEUs
An in-depth examination of the specific characteristics, dynamics and best practices in interventions.

The training will provide details relative to the different models of interventions with an emphasis on the most currently used models for those working with families affected by chemical dependency and/or mental illnesses.

It will also dispel myths about irrational behaviors of family members of chemically addicted individuals due to a lack of education about the chemical underpinnings of addictive behavior.


Recovery Coach Training

Duration: 5 days | 30 CEUs
Focuses on training individuals interested in becoming peer-based recovery supports to individuals recovering from chemical dependency.

This training will help to prepare individuals for employment in hospital emergency departments, case management systems, substance use disorder treatment settings and private behavioral health offices.

This five-day training utilizes the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) model. Its purpose and focus is on training individuals interested in becoming peer-based recovery supports to individuals recovering from chemical dependency. Click here to view the requirements for each of the different NYS certifications (CARC, CRPA and CRPA-P).



Duration: 6 hours | 6 CEUs
Examines the role of prevention and treatment, and provides information relative to providing care and services.

This training will examine the history of the disease, the role of prevention and treatment, and subsequent cure; and will provide health and human service workers, providers and counselors with information relative to providing care and services to individuals with Hepatitis “C”, as well as those at risk of becoming infected.


HIPAA Standards (65CFR)

Duration: 6 hours | 6 CEUs
Covers the use and disclosure of identifiable health information allowed or permitted by HIPAA privacy regulations, regardless of the healthcare setting.

This training will be specific to the scope of practice that the participants will be working in (e.g. hospitals, health centers, private offices) and can be tailored to address specific organizational needs.


Harm Reduction Techniques

Duration: 6 hours | 6 CEUs
Provides a framework in which to understand harm reduction principles and techniques.

This training will provide a framework in which to understand harm reduction principles and techniques as they relate to working with individuals unable to refrain from behaviors that increase their risk of exposure to chronic disease, the criminal justice system, and other psychosocial harms including drugs and alcohol.


Documentation Skills

Duration: 6 hours | 6 CEUs
Focuses on organizational behaviors, general risk management, process management and quality of care.

The purpose of this training is to ensure that human services professionals fully understand the critical importance of accurately and correctly documenting information.

This training will focus on organizational behaviors, general risk management, process management and quality of care (of which documentation is critical). Emphasis will be placed on a variety of metrics including: purpose, integration, clarity, actionable, cause and effect, omission, process and staff training.


Cultural Competency

Duration: 6 hours
Addresses the meaning and importance of cultural competency and provide a conceptual framework for policy makers and organizations to build upon.

Emphasis will be placed on understanding culturally competent guiding values and principles, as well as the importance of breaking out of the diversity box to instead focus on competency and inclusion; thereby placing value on culture, skills, knowledge and competency. This course will also explore and address the disadvantages of workplace exclusion.


Conducting Effective Psychosocial Evaluations

Duration: 6 hours
Focuses on key elements of importance in conducting effective client evaluations.

The purpose and various topic areas of evaluations will be explored relative to collecting all information necessary for the development of an individual action plan that will best serve the interest and wellbeing of the participant.


Counselor Ethics

Duration: 12 hours | 12 CEUs
Explores and discusses the counselor’s various ethical responsibilities, practices, and values.

This training will cover: The history of ethics; Ethical values and responsibilities to society and social norms; Ethical responsibilities to clients and colleagues; Ethical responsibilities that define all professional relationships relative to the workplace; Values clarification; Overcoming common biases in the workplace; and the meaning of ethical justice.


Confidentiality Standards

Duration: 6 hours | 6 CEUs
Covers organizational standards for managing confidentiality of records.

This training will cover organizational standards for managing confidentiality of records; including established standards for obtaining and releasing them. Emphasis will be placed on existing New York State laws and how they intersect with federal laws.


Corporate Compliance

Duration: 12 hours | 12 CEUs
Designed to assist program administrators in the development of systems and protocols.

This training is designed to assist program administrators in the development of systems and protocols that will ensure successful program compliance and reduced organizational risk in dependency programs and other healthcare environments.

We will examine New York State’s healthcare and human services compliance standards while also comparing and contrasting them to national standards. In addition, we will cover individual and corporate penalties for non-compliance and discuss best practices for preventing and mediating risks.


Burnout: A Condition of Modern Societies

Duration: 6 hours | 6 CEUs
Provides a framework for understanding Counselor Burnout as it relates to work.

This training will provide a framework for understanding Counselor Burnout as it relates to work; and will pay particular attention to high stress and/or critical work environments. We will examine the causes of burnout, as well as its implications for the counselor, his or her colleagues, the organization and most importantly, the client. The impact of secondary stressors such as traumatic stress and vicarious traumatization will also be explored.


Chemical Dependency and Comprehensive Case Management

Covers competencies, case management principles, challenges, and aftercare.

Case management has been linked to better client outcomes in areas such as mental health and HIV services. The field of chemical dependency has now recognized that providing this same level of case management services to individuals recovering from chemical dependency will serve the interest of the patient, providers and the community.

The course will cover competencies, case management principles, meeting the challenges in pre/post treatment, and aftercare. Issues dealing with conflict of interest will be explored.


Clinical Supervision

Duration: 12 hours
Provides provide a framework for the definition and usefulness of clinical supervision.

This training will also identify the role of the supervisor (as well as the dimensions of clinical supervision), and describe the adult learning theory as it relates to clinical supervision.

Furthermore, this training will examine the: Guiding principles of clinical supervision (creating the context for effective clinical supervision); Meaning of vicarious liability; Modalities of supervisee work; Practice and theory to include ethical considerations; and the importance and usefulness of group, peer and individual clinical supervision.

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