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Behavioral Health


ONTRACK’s behavioral health training provides therapists, juvenile justice professionals, and other clinicians with information on how to develop and maintain a collaborative, problem-solving approach when working with persons with substance use and mental health disorders. Health Care Reform has ushered in an era of integration that is changing the service delivery landscape for substance use, mental health, and primary healthcare providers by focusing on the behavior change required to prevent and manage chronic diseases.

Behavioral Health - ONTRACK Program Resouces

Most ONTRACK trainings in this section contain concrete and specific clinical interventions that can be utilized immediately in daily practice. There is a selection of courses that focus primarily on improving clinical skills. Many courses are specialized and tailored to specific populations including African American men and boys, co-occurring disorders, criminal justice and gang involved, unhoused populations, Latino men and boys, LGBTQ+ trauma survivors, veterans, women, and youth.

ONTRACK’s common training objectives for behavioral health related trainings include:

  • Build upon and improve clinical techniques from intake through assessments, organizational support and exit plans
  • Learn tools for integrating systems of care
  • Identify attributes of juvenile justice-involved youth and impacts of incarceration
  • Examine the culture of incarceration
  • Explore the continuum of substance use disorders
  • Become familiar with the terms and meanings of substance use, trauma, and PTSD
  • Learn the importance of self-care for the caregiver
  • Learn to distinguish between abuse vs. addiction
  • Learn to incorporate post-incarceration support strategies that promote positive treatment outcomes, including abstinence, employment, and relationships
  • Learn specific cross-cultural counseling techniques for facilitation of culturally themed support groups
  • Practice strengths-based strategies for engaging resistance, counseling, and treating youthful offenders
  • Review gender-responsive treatment, theory, evidence, and systems of care


  • Anger Management Strategies When Working with Diverse Behavioral Health Consumers
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Fostering Improved Collaboration for Client Success
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Improving Group Facilitation Skills Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing: Inspiring Change & Instilling Hope
  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing: The Experiential (Previous MI experience required)
  • SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment
  • Treat Them Well: Health Care Innovations, Skills, Techniques, and Strategies (Includes MI, SBIRT, Appreciative Inquiry, and SMART goals)
  • Treatment Strategies from A – Z
  • Against the Odds: Improving AOD Treatment and Recovery Outcomes for Formerly Incarcerated Women
  • Arrested Development: New Directions for Treating Incarcerated Women Changing Systems/Changing Lives
  • Kids at the Crossroads: Working Effectively with Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth
  • No Wrong Door: Working Effectively with Ex-Offenders, Mandated Clients, Youthful and Gang-Affiliated Substance Abusers
  • Prodigal Daughters: Complex Issues & Challenges for Providers Treating CJ Women
  • Realignment, Re-Entry & Recovery: Cultural Considerations and Practical Applications Using COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
  • The Long Way Home: Improving Successful Outcomes for Criminal Justice-Involved Women: A Comprehensive Training on Women’s Addiction and Recovery
  • Tough Cases: Working Effectively with Ex-Offenders, Court-Mandated and Treatment-Resistant Clients
  • Racial Disparities and Implicit Bias in the Justice System
  • Core Competencies of Women’s AOD Treatment (Trauma Informed, Gender Responsive)
  • Cultural Aspects of Chemical Dependency
  • One Size DOES NOT Fit All: Working with Dually Diagnosed and Culturally Diverse Clients (Treating Clients Experiencing Combined Substance Abuse and Mental Illness)
  • Improving Retention and Outcomes for High-Risk Youth Using Strengths-Based Strategies
  • In Our Clients’ Footsteps (Women/Youth/Unhoused/Mental Health and Trauma)
  • SUD Treatment Considerations for Boys and Men of Color
  • Substance Use Problems among Older Adults
  • Treat Them Well: One Person, One Team, One Plan for Recovery
  • Family-Based Treatment for Justice-Involved Youth
  • Addicted to Love and Relationships: Empowering Women to Make Healthy Choices that Support Recovery (Can be adapted for Girls)
  • A Shero’s Journey: Improving Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Treatment & Recovery Outcomes for Women *(Can be tailored for Child Welfare, or Criminal Justice-Involved Women and Girls)
  • Essential Elements: Gender-Responsive, Trauma-Informed Services
  • See Criminal Justice Involved
  • See Substance Use Disorders
  • The Warrior’s Peril: Developing Resiliency in Veterans through Culturally Competent Service Delivery
  • Where’s My Mommy? Addiction, Incarceration and the Children Left Behind
  • Diamonds in the Rough: Addressing the Multi-faceted Needs of High-Risk Young Women and Girls (Trauma Informed Services)
    See Criminal Justice-Involved
  • Youth Gang Involvement and Its Impact on the Whole Family
  • Wraparound Services and Credible Messengers


ONTRACK offers Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid, the newest evidence-based strategy from the National Council on Behavioral Health to provide you with the skills to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Objectives for Mental Health First-Aid training:

  • Learn risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems
  • Discuss depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders
  • Explore a 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in a crisis
  • Learn where to turn for help including professional, peer, and self-help resources


  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Police


With the steady expansion of legalized forms of gambling throughout the country, many state agencies and service providers have begun to see the negative consequences of problem gambling impacting clients in their service systems, particularly in behavioral health, and older adult protection agencies. ONTRACK works with providers to address the many issues related to problem gambling among several different ethnic and cultural populations including youth, women, older adults, and members of the faith, treatment, and recovery communities.

Common Objectives for Problem Gambling training include:

  • The Prevalence of Problem Gambling
  • Vulnerable Populations and the Culture Connection
  • Problem Gambling, Substance Use and Recovery
  • What Social Service Providers Should Know About Problem Gambling (prevalence, signs and symptoms)


  • Against All Odds: Problem Gambling & African Americans
  • Gambling with the Future: Problem Gambling & Youth
  • The Real Deal: Problem Gambling in Vulnerable Populations
  • Gambling with Recovery (targeting agencies working with recovering persons)
  • Hooked on Gambling: The New Addiction
  • Problem Gambling is a Sickness, not a Sin (targeting faith community leaders)


Unresolved trauma can be serious, with ongoing life complications often leading people to engage in several unhealthy behaviors including violence and self-harm as well as self-medicating with alcohol, illegal drugs, and abusing prescription drugs. ONTRACK’s trauma-informed services training addresses the different types of traumas and a broad range of populations and issues to institute change and reduce trauma and the negative impacts of trauma especially in hard-hit communities.

Objectives for various ONTRACK trauma-informed services trainings include:

  • Acquire a thorough overview of the different forms of individual trauma including a detailed definition, various types, and signs and symptoms
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of the relationship between historical & generational trauma and how they impact individuals, groups, and communities
  • Learn at least one-way re-traumatization can occur in typical treatment settings
  • Examine organizational supports and considerations
  • Explore considerations for assessment, treatment planning and case management
  • Improve application of trauma-informed approaches to increase safety in the lives of trauma-impacted persons
  • Increase the general knowledge of gender-responsive, trauma-informed concepts, research, and resources
  • Learn evidence-based strategies for effective interventions
  • Learn to help clients seeking safety from trauma, PTSD, and substance abuse
  • Learn how to identify trauma using Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
  • Learn three ways to immediately reduce possible trauma in treatment settings

Several Trauma-Informed trainings are geared to specific populations. Some of the objectives corresponding to various population-specific trainings include:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of the family dynamics of trauma and co-dependency among Indigenous Families
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the theories, concepts, and best practice methods to use when working with Indigenous people who are suffering from historical trauma and related factors
  • Increase knowledge of the diversity and complexity inherent in domestic violence and addiction within the Asian American, Indigenous Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities
  • Analyze the data on the relationships between substance and process addictions and domestic violence
  • Learn how to identify trauma using Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
  • African Americans and generational and historical trauma

Objectives for Change Management and Adaptive Leadership in Comprehensive, Continuous, Integrated Systems of Care:

  • Increase sense of urgency around the need for change
  • Identify organizational leaders, and build a change coalition
  • Create a strategy to execute a vision for change, including opportunities for addressing people’s concerns and anxieties
  • Ensure the organizational structure, job descriptions, and systems are in line with the vision
  • Develop processes to regularly report on change progress and successes
  • Develop a plan for continuous recruitment of new change agents/leaders for your change coalition, including replacing key leaders of change as they move on


  • Against All Odds: Problem Gambling & African Americans
  • Becoming Trauma-Informed
  • Women and generational and historical trauma among Indigenous American Families
  • Change Management in Comprehensive, Continuous, Integrated System of Care (CCISC) Model
  • Domestic Violence and Addiction: Intersecting Issues within Asian American, Indigenous Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Communities
  • Essential Elements: Gender-Responsive, Trauma-Informed Services
  • PTSD and Complex Trauma
  • Seeking Safety
  • Through the Trauma Lens


ONTRACK’s Faith Community trainings are designed to support organizations, especially those that have received grant funding to accomplish their goals and improve their infrastructure to help them expand their anti-poverty efforts and other services.

Common Faith Community training objectives include learning:

  • The importance of involving the faith community in alcohol and drug prevention, treatment, and recovery-related services
  • Key elements for planning and facilitating effective, sustainable faith community involvement
  • Strategies for “equipping” your various ministry teams to plan and work with high-risk populations
  • The 7 Components of Prevention


  • Answering the Call: Tools & Supportive Strategies for Congregational & Other Faith Leaders
  • The Faith Factor: The Evolving Role of Faith in Overall Community Wellness*
  • Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Congregations as Community Integration Facilitators*
  • Missionary Visions: Involving the Faith Community in Prevention
  • My Brother’s Keeper: Congregations as Community Peacekeepers (with formerly incarcerated)

Contact Us

Interested in discovering how The Philani Institute can assist your organization in enhancing diversity, advancing skills, and fostering inclusivity? We’re here to support you. Our training and services are fully adaptable to align with your organization’s requirements.

Anita Ross

Project Manager

[email protected]

(916) 285-1810

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