Jan 1 – Mar 21, 2019: Email exchange between Board members (specifically President and Sec’y)

Email exchange concerned planning of February live webinars. The process of registration was worked out so that each independent webinar- giver registered participants, and would save the recorded webinar in their own Drive on their own computer. They would also install a Paypal button on the website, and keep their own log of participants, and give out certificates.
Independent webinar-givers are: George Ramos, Tina Iler, and Ruth Campbell and Richard Coleman

Feb 7, 2019: Email to President from Sec’y

Tax forms for BPTI independent contractors Rich Mohrmann and Anandy Germosen were mailed

March 30, 2019: Email from Tim Campbell , Treasurer, to the Board

Tim Campbell stepping down as Treasurer writes:
To the Board:

“I have enjoyed being Treasurer and part of the Board for BPTI since December, 2016. We’ve internally funded some research projects, as consonant with our research and training mission. Structuring the budget for those projects was challenging, as was finding ways to make payments to business contributors in other countries. As a result of the online platform, BPTI has trained hundreds of counselors in CBT and Motivational Interviewing methods, which I’m proud of.  I’ve personally helped create an Ethics course which went online last month, which I am happy with. I am now a Partner, and will continue to be part of BPTI as a Partner. However, I’m ready to step down from the Treasurer role, because I am finding the time that I can devote to being a member of this non-profit Board is very limited. I’m hoping to stay in touch with all of you. ”  

April 10, 2019: Email exchange between Board members

Sec’y Campbell proposed that the certificate-process for the webinars should be automated, and proposed that Rich Mohrmann, the Lead Tech, perform that work. The Board unanimously approved the idea.

April 12, 2019: Email exchange between Board members

Sec’y Campbell proposed Rich Mohrmann for the Treasurer position on the Board. She sent his CV to Board members. The motion was unanimously approved and Rich was notified that the Board had approved his appointment as BPTI Treasurer

June 19 – June 21: Email exchange between Board members

Treasurer Rich proposed that the Paypal button for collections for online courses be moved to the Best Practice Trainers website. This would mean that all monies (except those for webinars) would go directly into the BPTI Paypal account. The motion was discussed and unanimously approved by all Board members on June 21.

July 1: Email exchange between Board members

Because of demand of course participants, the Board discussed having the clinical videos be made available as a pay-per-view option. Treasurer Rich made a motion that he design a pay per view option for potential participants which could be marketed as course addenda. Other Board members voted and unanimously approved the motion.

July 12, 2019: Email exchange between Board members

Sec’y Campbell proposed that there be an Advisory Board for the Continuing Education Group as as necessary if an application to the Association of Social Work Boards is to be completed. Board members voted unanimously to create the Advisory Committee. Members of the Advisory Board include: Lynne Rachlin, LCSW, Tina Iler, LCSW, SW Consultant, Tim Campbell, Ph.D., George Ramos, Ph.D., Richard Coleman, LMSW

August 1, 2019: Email exchange between Board members

Treas. Rich Mohrmann proposed, Board voted and passed by unanimous decision. As of August 1, the payments that go out to Partners from the BPTI paypal account will have the 25% deducted before the payment is sent to the Partner. Each month’s letter will have the 25% noted as a contribution.
BPTI gave certificates for 22 online courses in July; 11 of which were free CBT courses for CASACs. Three Ethics courses, 4 Co-occurring Disorder courses, and 3 MI online courses were completed by participants in July. BPTI  advertised for both the online courses and the recorded webinars. BPTI completed the ASWB application in early August which should allow us a wider distribution for courses. 

October 7, 2019: Email exchange between Board members

News from the BPTI Board – BPTI gave certificates for 13 online courses in September: 6 CBT courses, 2 Ethics courses, 4 MI courses and 1 COD course. It also sent links out for 7 recorded webinars: 4 MI webinars, 2 Couples’ webinar and 1 Immigration webinar
        BPTI did not do its typical advertising by email, because of the changeover in Research Assistant positions from Michael Huang to Adrianna Villegas, both students at SUNY New Paltz. Michael will be doing a study abroad in Spain in the Spring. Adrianna continued to call OASAS directors to alert them that CASACs can get free CBT trainings. We are beginning to mine data from the responses to the free CBT training which discusses barriers to Latino participation in treatment for substance use disorders in New York state.
        7 CASACs and 10 LMHCs earned certificates in September. Cazenovia Recovery System in Buffalo had purchased 100 courses last year, and they are beginning to earn certificates for the courses which were purchased by the organization.  BPTI was approved as a New Jersey CE provider in September, and will be sending out courses for approval through the ASWB program, which NJ uses as its CE approval organization. 

November 7, 2019: Email exchange between Board members

News from the BPTI Board – BPTI gave certificates for 21 online courses in October, a 161% increase over Septembers signup; 14 CBT courses (9 were given for free), 0 Ethics courses, 3 MI courses and 2 COD courses. It did not send certificates for any webinars. Most of the increase was because of the free offering of CBT courses to CASACs and the phone campaign to OASAS directors that Adrianna has been mounting. Ruth will be proposing making OASAS applications for all webinars, since the application process is free of charge for BPTI, and the turnaround time for approval is relatively brief.
    11 CASACs and 4 LMHCs and 2 social workers earned certificates in October. Cazenovia Recovery System in Buffalo had purchased 100 courses last year, one Cazenovia employee earned a certificate in November this year.  
New Jersey app: BPTI was approved as a New Jersey CE provider in September; 10 courses (4 of the online courses and 6 webinars) were sent in for approval for NJ distribution in early November.

November 26, 2019: Email announcement from President Ramos

I have enjoyed being President and part of the Board for BPTI since August, 2014. We’ve made decisions that have expanded our role as continuing education providers in New York to continuing education providers internationally, with the ASWB application. We have at least one research project cooking that is close to my heart. The study of Latino counselors in New York State is beginning to yield data which will reveal what barriers there are to Latino participation in Substance Use services. Substance misuse has been a difficult problem for Latinos in this state. Also, as a result of the online platform, BPTI has trained hundreds of counselors in CBT and Motivational Interviewing methods, which I’m proud of.  I’ve personally created several webinars, one on In-Home Counseling, and one on Immigration, which has become a passion of mine. I am now an Independent Contractor with BPTI, and will benefit from our international approval with my next webinar.  I’m ready to focus on my role with the CE Advisory Group; I understand my role as continuing to give the organization the benefit of my expertise.
  I have completed my Ph.D., am  teaching at Nyack College,  and am now father of a wonderful daughter, Arya Camilla. I anticipate the time that I will want to spend with my family will increase dramatically in the next few months. I’ve truly enjoyed working with all of you, and we will continue to work together

December 8, 2019: Email exchange between Board members

Sec’y Ruth proposed that Afua Forson, M.D. take the position of President of BPTI. She is an intern in the MFT program through Capella and is working as a physician at Vassar. “I’m proposing that we take her as our President. She doesn’t have much research experience, but she does have teaching and clinical experience. She also doesn’t really have business experience. I think she could be a real asset, partly because she is a physician, and could help us get credentialed with the AMA or the Nursing Board with our courses. “
The Board unanimously accepted her as President.