Upcoming Trainings

Abbreviated training descriptions are provided below. To see full-length descriptions, please click here.

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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

05/22/2024

9:00-4:15

, OH

Motivational Interviewing is a guided style of communication child welfare professionals can utilize to assist parents or caregivers in identifying reasons to and pathways toward change. Motivational Interviewing attends closely to engagement and is well-matched to working with families involved with the child welfare system. This six-hour training is an introductory course to Motivational Interviewing. This course is a requirement for Ohio START caseworkers, family peer mentors and supervisors.

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Family Toolkit: Genograms, ecomaps, and more!

05/29/2024

1:00-4:00

Virtual

, OH

Participants will obtain useful information in terms of assessment tools and techniques that promote engagement, build rapport, and gather information critical to understanding of both individual and familial experience within the family system and as part of the larger culture. Participants will learn how to effectively engage individuals and families with experiential activities using genograms, ecomaps and other tools.

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Foundations 1: Introduction to START

06/03/2024

9:00-12:00

virtual

, OH

By registering for this training you are committing to attend both sessions:
6/3/2024 from 9am-12pm &
6/4/2024 from 9am-12pm
This is the first in a series of START foundational trainings. Through participating in this training, staff will gain foundational knowledge on the history and evolution of the National START Model. Additionally, the Essential Components and Fidelity Standards of the National START Model will be introduced. This training is designed and required for local child welfare leadership (e.g., director, administrator, START supervisor, etc.). Leadership from Behavioral Health providers that have already been identified as a local START partner should also attend. This is a required training for new cohorts and local leadership who have not attended.

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Death by a Thousand Cuts: Lessons in Microaggressions

06/05/2024

9:00-12:00

Virtual

, OH

Microaggressions are verbal, behavioral or environmental slights or insults directed towards others. Whether said intentionally or unintentionally, microaggressions communicate an underlying hostility or negative attitude based upon a dimension of the person's diversity. Even those of us who are committed to diversity and equality can unknowingly say or do something that communicates a microaggression, even to people we know and like. Often referred to as death by a thousand cuts, the research is clear: adults are deeply affected by experiencing microaggressions. When done to a child, however, a microaggression can have an impact that reverberates throughout their life and can forever change the way that child sees themself and their world.

This workshop examines microaggressions in the social service setting, outlines its root cause and discusses its impact on both coworkers and the children we serve. Social work staff will also learn strategies to reduce the use of microaggressions, as well as how to effectively respond if they become the witness or victim to them.

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Foundations 4: START Child Welfare Practices

06/05/2024

9:00-12:00

virtual

, OH

By registering for this training you are committing to attend both sessions:
6/5/2024 from 9am-12pm &
6/6/2024 from 9am-12pm
ALL COHORTS: This final foundational training supports front-line practice of the START model with the purpose of building on knowledge and supporting the daily work. This training is required for PCSA Ohio START Supervisors, Caseworkers, Family Peer Mentors and BH Supervisors and Service Coordinators. This is intended for Cohort 5 and Cohorts 1-4 for anyone that is new to START and has not yet attended this session or anyone that wants a refresher.

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Motivational Interviewing: Applied Skills

06/07/2024

9:00-10:30

Virtual

, OH

These 90-minute skill-refresher and support learning communities begin with a review of the core skills introduced in the all-day training. The greatest emphasis, though, is given to hearing from participants about experiences using Motivational Interviewing skills in the field. These experiences, both successes and challenges, are discussed as a group and then explored with any skill-based adaptations expected to provide immediate practical use in work supporting parents, caregivers and families. Must have taken full day Introduction to Motivational Interviewing to attend this session.

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Language of Recovery

06/12/2024

9:00-12:00

Virtual

, OH

Research continues to show what we believe impacts how we speak and what we say matters! Language has a profound impact in substance use disorder related work and this session will focus on utilizing strength-base, person first recovery language and the impact language has on those we serve.

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Screening and Intervention of Substance Use Disorders (UNCOPE)

06/14/2024

9:00-4:00

Virtual

, OH

This workshop will assist participants with how to use the evidence-based screening tool (UNCOPE), interpret the results, provide feedback to the parent and offer recommendations to seek further assessment for treatment services. This training is required for Ohio START caseworkers, family peer mentors, supervisors, non-START CW staff responsible for administering the UNCOPE, suggested for BH supervisors/service coordinators and optional for CW administrators and BH administrators.

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Double Jeopardy: Duel Diagnosis

06/21/2024

9:00-12:00

Virtual

, OH

Dual diagnosis is a broad term that is often used to identify consumers with mental illness and substance use disorders. The interplay between substance use disorders and other mental and emotional disorders frequently presents complex challenges that establish significant obstacles in service delivery. As such, social service professionals must hold a foundational awareness regarding the phenomenon of dual diagnosis. This workshop provides a basic foundation of dual diagnosis and offer strategies for professionals when empowering consumers.

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Technical Assistance

Ohio START provides technical assistance to all Ohio START PCSAs through our Ohio technical assistance consultants in collaboration with our national model experts Children and Family Futures (CFF). Technical assistance is delivered by TA consultants who will each cover a region of the state. The Family Peer Mentor TA works to recruit, train and mentor the family peer mentors working within the model. The technical assistance consultants are:

  • Tim Beasley – Southwest Region TA
  • Diana Hoover – Northwest Region TA
  • Pam Meermans – Central Region TA
  • Sheila Shafer – Southeast Region TA
  • Kathi Kurtz – Northeast Region TA/Ohio START Coach
  • Mindy Fehrman – Ohio START Coach
  • Carston Mesnick- Behavioral Health TA
  • Brychelle Mullins- Family Peer Mentor TA