HRC Trainers on the Road: Report from Omaha, Nebraska

by Wayne Centrone
October 25, 2010

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Recently, the HRC was invited to travel to Omaha, Nebraska, to present a series of workshops on evidence-based practices. EBPs are interventions that have been shown to be most effective to helping people recover from substance use, mental health problems, and homelessness. My HRC colleague and I were asked to provide training on how EBPs can be best integrated into the day-to-day service delivery of such providers.

We offered presentations on Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, Intensive Case Management and Cultural Competency. The goal for each session was to present practical, real world tools that providers and clinicians could immediately incorporate into their service delivery.

Our workshops were part of the 2nd Annual "Surviving in Today's Economy" Conference, organized by Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. Family Housing Advisory Services, or FHAS for ease of writing purposes, is a non-profit corporation dedicated to helping "improve opportunities for low-income families to purchase homes in Omaha." FHAS has been working to develop a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of low-income people before they become homeless.

The conference was a mix of business sector companies and homelessness and housing services providers, and sessions were available to meet the training needs of each group. The unique nature of the audience, a mix of counselors, front line staff, administrators and clinical providers, kept us on our toes.

One participant commented that she was really struggling with how to best work with one of her clients. She said that the material she learned in the HRC training helped to provide some clarity on how to work with her client. She told us that she felt "empowered" with the new knowledge she gained at the conference.

Working as a trainer and technical assistance expert for the HRC has provided me an opportunity to really learn from the amazing providers who work hard every day to deliver care in our communities. At the HRC, we are privileged to assist service providers in gaining the new skills and knowledge that will enable them to better serve their clients.

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