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Members can take advantage of Public Service Workshops Program trainings on legal and ethical approaches working with high-risk clients, motivational interviewing and structured query language in May and June. 

Legal and Ethical Considerations in Working with High-Risk Clients, with CE hours, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 4. In this virtual workshop, participants will learn the most important legal aspects clinicians confront in their practice such as treatment of at risk clients, record-keeping and documentation requirements, and mandatory and recommended reporting. (1.5 contact hours approved for NYS Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Psychoanalyst, and Psychologist). 

Register here by April 25. 

The virtual workshop, Motivational Interviewing: Empowering Clients and Inspiring Change, with CE hours, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24. Participants will learn about motivational interviewing as a strength-based clinical approach designed to help clients find the motivation to make positive behavioral change. As a client-centered approach, personal strengths are pitted against challenges, ambivalence is explored and addressed, and personalized plans for self-fulfillment are designed and acted upon. (6 contact hours approved for NYS Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, and Licensed Clinical and Master Social Workers). 

Register here by June 10. 

The Structured Query Language Advanced virtual workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. April 26 and 27 and from 1 to 4 p.m. May 11 and 12. This two-session (each 3 hours in length) workshop goes beyond the basics of SQL to modify the information contained in databases that is usable by report writers, web sites or other mediums. Lectures and exercises will focus on extracting and manipulating information from databases through SQL. The workshop assumes that users have a basic understanding of statement structure and relational database concepts. Completion of the SQL Basics course or strong SQL foundation is recommended. Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio will be used, and the workshop will be delivered virtually using Zoom. Each participant is required to participate in both sessions.  

Register here by April 19 for the April session.  

Register here by May 4 for the May session. 

To reference full workshop details and to register go to the Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS) at For additional information regarding currently available offerings, check PSWP Course Offerings at 

The Public Service Workshops Program is funded through the negotiated Agreement between the State of New York and the Public Employees Federation, AFL-CIO, and through additional Management/Confidential funds. The Program is administered by the Professional Development Program of the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at the University at Albany, under contract with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations.