Educating the Social Service Professional

The Benefit Plus Learning Center equips social service professionals to effectively navigate the public benefit system through its high quality training opportunities.  Professionals learn the fundamentals of public benefit and federally subsidized housing programs, gain practical knowledge, and hone their advocacy skills, all at an affordable cost.

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About Our Trainings

Held throughout the year, our courses enable professionals to:

  • Learn the fundamentals of public benefits and housing programs;
  • Gain practical knowledge to effectively access benefits and housing programs for clients;
  • Develop skills to successfully use the information to negotiate the benefit system;
  • Interact with expert instructors and learn best practices;
  • Dialogue with participants about successful strategies;
  • Network with other social service professionals in the field.

Training participants receive a Participant Guide and additional tools to assist them when working with clients.  We offer both basic courses, which includes the fundamentals of various benefit and housing programs, as well as advanced courses, such as returning to work provisions, complex budgeting, overpayments, dealing with challenges when working with special populations (immigrants, the formerly incarcerated, survivors of domestic violence, homeless, disconnected youth) and more.

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On-Site Training Available

  • Click here for a complete list of trainings offered by the Benefits Plus Learning Center.
  • For more information on our on-site trainings, or to arrange a training, contact Leslie Boutin at or call 212-614-5444. 








Evaluation Description

Benefits Plus - Solving the Public Benefit Puzzle – Community Service Society of NY