Updated: Sep 12
Albuquerque, NM - Aug. 31, 2023 - Community Support Workers (CSWs), Community Health Workers (CHWs) and other certified behavioral health professionals need CEUs to provide services, but finding relevant continuing education for Comprehensive Community Support Services (CCSS) can be difficult.
To address this need, a year-long initiative launches in September offering trainings for supervisors and Comprehensive Community Support Services (CCSS) professionals in New Mexico.
Created in partnership with the New Mexico Human Services Department Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD) and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Office of Community Health Workers (OCHW), ENVIVE Solutions is pleased to announce this curriculum led by Amanda Browne, LCSW, MPH, a seasoned trainer with a wealth of experience related to CCSS.
“Community Support Workers and other certified professionals serve critical roles in the behavioral health system of care. Most continuing education trainings are designed for clinicians, but these trainings are designed to prioritize CSWs, CHWs, and other certified professionals," said Browne.
The NMDOH Office of Community Health Workers collaborated with BHSD and ENVIVE to ensure that Community Health Workers/Representatives (CHW/Rs) also benefit from this training series by receiving endorsed CEUs.
The first training is Sept. 27 and they continue through June 2024. All trainings are free for New Mexico-based behavioral health professionals through funding provided by the BHSD and the NMDOH. Live trainings are available via Zoom ensuring anyone in the state can easily attend. Select courses will be available via on-demand learning modules.
Overall, up to 20 CEUs are available. Topics covered for CSWs, CPSWs, CHWs and other certified professionals include confidently communicating your role, safety for clients in crisis, effective communication with clinicians/providers, addressing vicarious trauma, collaborative change model, cultural awareness, and much more.
In addition, Supervisors can benefit from specialized courses, totaling up to 4.5 hours. These courses include a CCSS Supervisory Course that is available as an on-demand learning module and two live trainings: Empowered Leadership: Nurturing Resilience for You and Your Team and Ethical Leadership: Mastering Responsibilities in Clinical Supervision.
Trainings are primarily focused on the roles of CSWs, CPSWs, CHWs and other certified behavioral health professionals and their supervisors, however, all behavioral health providers are welcome.
For more information and to register for upcoming sessions, please visit www.envivesolutions.com/trainings for Clinical CEUs.
About Amanda Browne, LCSW, MPH: Founder and Consultant of Who is Amanda Jane?
Amanda Browne is a bilingual (Spanish and English) licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and earned a Masters of Public Health in 2018 from Columbia University. She has worked in community behavioral health since 2013, including as a Multi-systemic Therapy (MST) Therapist, clinician for youth and families, and a CCSS trainer for behavioral health providers in New Mexico. Prior to her clinical work, Amanda worked internationally on research and programming for community violence prevention interventions in Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, and Cameroon. She is known for her collaborative approach and inclusive engagement with diverse stakeholders, from the grassroots to government leadership.
About ENVIVE Solutions:
ENVIVE Solutions, LLC is a nationally certified women-owned business founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ENVIVE provides remote and onsite strategic management, project management, consultancy, program development, training, and implementation support services - with expertise in large-scale collaborations and human-centered initiatives (e.g., behavioral health, human services, etc.).
About the Behavioral Health Services Division:
Part of the New Mexico Human Services Department, the role of the BHSD, as the Mental Health and Substance Abuse State Authority for New Mexico, is to address need, services, planning, monitoring and continuous quality systematically across the state.
About the NMDOH, Office of Community Health Workers (OCHW)
The NMDOH OCHW exists to support the community health worker profession and workforce development by leading strategic partnerships and capacity-building initiatives.