Training Requirements & Application for Presenters

Trauma Institute of Orange County

List of Requirements for Potential Trainings

As required by The NYS Department of Education to Provide CE hours for Social Workers, Psychoanalysts, LMFTs, LMHCs and Creative Arts Therapists

Thank you for submitting a proposal for consideration.

Please keep in mind that in order to be considered for continuing education hours (CE hours), the NYS Department of Education requires all trainings to be of graduate level. All trainers need to have at least a graduate level education or above and be licensed in the field they will be presenting in.  The presentation needs to fall within the scope of one’s license, i.e.  A nutritionist cannot present on the mental health treatment of eating disorders.

We ask that your proposals follow the outline below. This outline is in compliance with the NYS Department of Education regulations and the outline format makes it easier for the Trauma Institute members to review your proposal. The proposals that have been accepted are usually about 2-4 pages long.

Written materials for approved courses and programs shall satisfy the following additional criteria:

  • Materials shall be prepared or compiled specifically for the Trauma Institute training that you are proposing. We are not permitted to use materials for training programs that have been used for a presenter’s personal business; the training needs to be unique.

  • Materials should be current and reflect the latest, best practice research to the course or program being presented.

  • Materials should cover the appropriate subject matters that one would expect for a comprehensive and professional lecture of the subject matter for the particular course or program.

  • We prefer that you cite the sources of your research in the proposal.

We ask that presenters NOT plan to just read from their PowerPoint slides. It is the #1 complaint that we get in our training evaluations. We ask that you use your slides to remind you of the points that you want to make in order to make the training more interactive.  

Training Proposal for the Trauma Institute of Orange County #0028

  1. An exact workshop title:

  2. Subject/topic of the course/educational activity (1-2 paragraphs):   Please provide a brief summary/overview of the training being proposed. This is the place to indicate why the training is relevant?  Is it evidence based?  Is it an emerging topic?  Is there a community need etc.?  It should be a general, broad narrative about what the overall plan is.

  3. Names and Qualifications of the presenter (1-2 paragraphs): (We will need a copy of your resume) This is the place where you review your qualifications to present on the proposed topic and may include educational and professional experience.   We will need a separate copy of your resume and license; please send that along with the proposal as an attachment to the email to  If your proposal is accepted, this section will form the basis for our ‘About the Presenter’ section of our flyer.

  4. Description of the course/educational activity content. Outline format please   It can be challenging to understand exactly what a training will be about when it is presented as a narrative.  It is also harder to approve if reviewers aren’t clear about EXACTLY what you plan to present. This section is the most important portion of the proposal and is an outline of what the training will be. Please be specific about that topic/s you will be teaching.  What will participants be learning?

    The following is an example of the format and level of explanation we are requesting:

    1. Participants will be taught some of the common cognitive distortion styles in order to help teach their clients to how to recognize it so they can begin to learn alternate ways of managing distress, coping, etc.  
      1.  Black and white thinking: Examples will be given for different age groups and for different situations.  The emphasis will be on recognizing black and white thinking in clinical situations, work/school situations, personal/family life etc. 
      2. Catastrophizing: Examples will be given for different age groups and for different situations.  A discussion will ensue about how to respond to each age group e.g.; Because of brain development, children and adolescents will need different interventions than a middle age person.  The same could be true for an elderly person with possible dementia onset issues.
      3. Minimization and Denial: Examples will be given for different age groups and for different situations.  There will be an exploration of when minimization and/or denial is dysfunctional and or chronic, and when it might be adaptive e.g.; in a Trauma situation.  Participants will be taught how to recognize the difference
      4. And on……
  5. Learning objectives of the course:  Please list 4-6 measurable objectives.  What can participants expect to learn from this training?   These will be used to develop the state required evaluation form which all participants will complete.  Examples:
    • Participants will be able to list and understand 4-6 different cognitive distortion styles
    • Participants will learn 2-4 interventions that can help their clients learn to recognize when their thinking is starting to become habitual, unhelpful and over reactive.
    • Participants will be able to devise an 2-4 interventions/ responses to help their client’s recognize their cognitive distortion patterns , in order to teach them alternate coping skills that are more beneficial to a happier life and begin to minimize anxiety or depression. 
  6. Location Date and Time: Please leave blank as this will be determined later based on approval and availability.

  7. Proposed start and end time:  One CE hour will be offered for each 53 minutes of teaching.

  8. Description of the teaching methods to be used:   Eg; Lecture, video, interactive exercises, PowerPoint, etc.

  9. Research Citations:  Please include any relevant research that is helpful in understanding your proposal and validates that the training is evidenced based.  Hyperlinks included in the proposal allow for easy accessibility for those researching and approving the workshop.

  10. Would you please send us 2-3 references of people who can speak to your education/training talent? 

These are the requirements from the NYS Education Department that allow us to provide CE hours at our trainings.  Our goal is to make this as easy as we are able to for you; and we are happy to help you with this.  Please email us if you have any questions. We appreciate you working with us and wanting to provide training in Orange County, NY.

Kristen Fortuna and Robin Gerry

Co-Chairs of the Trauma Institute of Orange County