Upcoming Trainings

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

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Family Toolkit: Genograms, ecomaps, and more!

05/18/2022

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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Nurturing Parenting

05/18/2022

9:30-3:30

Virtual

, OH

Participants will learn the philosophy, values and constructs of the Nurturing Parenting Programs. This THREE day virtual training will be held May 18-20, 2022. Participants must attend all 3 days to receive credit. It will be broken into 3 2-hour sections each day. 9:30-11:30 will be online virtual, 11:30-1:30 will be time for self-guided reading and reflection activities and then will return to online virtual 1:30-3:30.

Deadline to register is May 9.

This training is recommended for PCSA caseworkers, family peer mentors, behavioral health providers and anyone else in the county that may be working with Ohio START families.

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Introduction to START for New Staff

05/19/2022

2:00-4:00

Virtual

, OH

FOR STAFF NEW TO OHIO START: Cohorts 1-4 ONLY
This introductory course provides staff new to the Ohio START program with the basics necessary to begin working with families. It includes a brief review of key aspects of START including eligibility, timelines, roles and responsibilities, and engaging clients and family serving agencies. Staff will also need to complete the full day Foundations 4 training when next available. This is not intended for anyone that has already attended Foundations 4.

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Motivational Interviewing for Supervisors: Professional Learning Community (PLC):

05/25/2022

9:00-10:00 AM

Virtual

, OH

SUPERVISORS ONLY: This 1-hour Professional Learning Community (PLC) for supervisors will meet monthly, the 4th Wednesday, Jan-Sept. The topics will be repeated three times from January through September to allow the learning and discussion to evolve. Supervisors who attend will be asked to practice the new skills and return to future sessions to learn, share and continue to hone their skills. Recommended that registrants have attended Ohio START Intro to MI training or Ohio MESA, or other MI training. This is open to both PCSA and BH supervisors participating in Ohio START.

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Secondary Traumatic Stress & Provider Resilience

05/31/2022

9:00-4:00

Virtual

, OH

Secondary Traumatic Stress, the presence of PTSD symptoms due the exposure to other people's traumatic experience, is arguably the biggest threat to the well-being of our workforce. After a quick review of Trauma Informed Care, we'll explore the impact of Covid-19 on both the families that we work with and on us! Then we'll define STS and other related terms and conditions. We'll learn how to increase our own resiliency by tapping into the positive experience of compassion satisfaction and meaningful connections. Throughout the entire session, we'll identify and rehearse strategies to build worker resiliency, increase self-care and address STS.

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Screening and Intervention of Substance Use Disorders (UNCOPE)

06/14/2022

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. This training has returned to a full day session.

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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

06/17/2022

9:00-4:15

Virtual

, 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. There is a required prerequisite prior to attending this course. The link to this can be found on the training descriptions page. This six-hour virtual training builds on an existing introductory level of familiarity with Motivational Interviewing. This course is a requirement for Ohio START caseworkers and family peer mentors and is suggested for all supervisors.

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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 five TA consultants who will each cover a region of the state. The sixth TA consultant works to recruit, train and mentor the family peer mentors working within the program. The technical assistance consultants are:

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