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23 Feb 2018 ACT: Clinical Techniques: Motivational Interviewing 101, Part III 2/23/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 from 10-11AM 

Description (ACT Substance Use Specialists Only):

This yearlong training seeks to enhance and strengthen substance use specialists (SUS) in the implementation of dual recovery treatment on ACT teams. Training is targeted to SUS new to the ACT model as well as those who currently are working on an ACT team. The training uses a blended learning curriculum consisting of face-to-face and online meetings geared toward skill building, problem solving and collaboration. Upon completion of the training SUS/IDDT Specialists will be able to earn Social Work, CASAC, or LMHC continuing education credits. 

Learning Objectives are:

  • SUS will be able to describe their role on the ACT Team.
  • SUS will understand and apply harm reduction principles.
  • SUS will demonstrate how to screen and assess for dual diagnosis/co-occurring challenges.
  • SUS will identify and interpret a consumer's stage of change and provide appropriate stage-based treatment.
  • SUS will demonstrate basic Motivational Interviewing skills.


To register for the yearlong ACT: Substance Use Specialist Training curriculum, click here.

27 Feb 2018 ACT Peer Specialist Support Call 2/27/2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ACT Peer Specialist Support Call

The call will take place on Tuesday, February 27th from 11AM-12PM

Please note: Call-in information will be emailed to ACT Peer Specialists.

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The ACT Institute provides training, support, and consultation to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) providers across New York State.  Our training curriculum is based on national evidence-based practice consortium standards and modifications to these standards as developed by the Office of Mental Health. Training is delivered via in-person and distance-learning modalities. Our trainers include both staff of the Center for Practice Innovations and other expert consultants.

We are now a provider of Continuing Education Credits. Learn more

What's New

ACT Institute Upcoming Training - December 2017


Core Principles & Person-Centered Treatment Planning Training

*December 8: ACT Person-Centered Treatment Planning, HR

*December 14: ACT Core Principles, NYC

Trainings are from 10AM to 4:30PM. For training site addresses and to register, please click on the dates above. Read more.

Click here to view previous issues of ACT Upcoming events.

ACT News Briefs

The ACT Institute and NYU Silver School of Social Work Receive a NYU Provost Challenge Grant to Investigate the Social Networks and their Impact on Community Integration for ACT Participants
Dr. Helle Thorning and the ACT Institute is collaborating with Dr. Rohini Pahwa from Silver School of Social Work to get a better understanding of transition and community integration of individuals on ACT using social network analysis. Read more

2017 New York State Peer Specialist Meeting
Albany, NY--On the afternoon of July 31st, 2017, Tony Trahan, Deputy Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs, New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS OMH), greeted approximately 60 Peer Specialists--several from ACT teams--from across the state at the New York State Peer Specialist Meeting. Read more

The ACT Institute and Columbia School of Social Work Receive a New York Community Trust Grant to Investigate the Needs and Assets of ACT Participants who are Parents or are Pregnant
In collaboration with the Columbia School of Social Work and Dr. Ellen Lukens, Helle Thorning and the ACT Institute received a grant from New York Community Trust to research the needs, risks and assets of ACT participants who are pregnant or parents of children under 18. Read more.

ACT Expands its Role in New York State!
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is committed to the development of twenty new Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams that will be launched throughout New York State. ACT is an evidence-based model with strong roots in recovery and person-centered approaches. Read more.

ACT Talk

Dr. Lewis-Fernandez

Podcast on 5/26/2015

Mr.Louis Vavrina will talk about Navigating Recovery's Rocky Road. Mr. Vavrina is a recent Howie the Harp graduate who, as part of that training, did an internship at the Center for Practice Innovations.

The ACT Institute will host monthly ACT TALK.  In a radio interview style, the director of the ACT Institute, Helle Thorning, will engage invited guests in a dialog of emerging issues related to ACT in today's health care environment.  Listeners are invited to participate and we look forward to stimulating and informative conversations during this critical time in health care.

Click here to listen to previous sessions of ACT Talk.


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