Upcoming Trainings

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

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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

02/28/2024

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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Trauma Informed Family Engagement: Understanding the impact of implicit bias and structural racism

02/29/2024

9:00-4:00

Virtual

, OH

Join us to explore what it means to be trauma informed in our engagement of families. Together we will explore the cultural and historical context of trauma, learn about structural racism and our own implicit bias. We will unpack the potential impact of those issues on our engagement with families. Participants will identify the six guiding principles to trauma informed care, the importance of authentic family engagement as well as strategies for the implementation of trauma informed family engagement practices.

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Screening and Intervention of Substance Use Disorders (UNCOPE)

03/08/2024

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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Family Team Meetings

03/12/2024

9:00-4:00

Virtual

, OH

One of the key ingredients in the Ohio START program is Family Team Meetings (FTM). This training will describe the core principles, components, and skills needed to successfully facilitate FTMs. This training is required for staff that will take active role in FTMs including: START CW supervisors, START CW caseworkers, FPM, and BH Supervisors/service coordinators.

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Motivational Interviewing: Applied Skills

03/15/2024

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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Death by a Thousand Cuts: Lessons in Microaggressions

03/18/2024

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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Language of Recovery

03/20/2024

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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Supervisor Professional Learning Community

03/21/2024

9:00-10:00

Virtual

, OH

SUPERVISORS ONLY: This 1-hour Professional Learning Community (PLC) for supervisors will meet monthly. 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. This is open to both PCSA and BH supervisors participating in Ohio START.

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Promoting Successful Futures by Providing Trauma-Informed Care

03/22/2024

9:00-12:00

Virtual

, OH

This session will address the developmental impact of trauma and how to provide trauma informed care. We will learn about complex trauma and the impact on child development and the lifespan. The NCTSN nine essential elements of trauma informed care will be discussed and how they can be applied to practice. We will also look at the impact of working with families with trauma and how to reduce the risk of vicarious trauma for those working in this field. Trauma informed care means self-care also.

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Foundations 4: START Child Welfare Practices

03/25/2024

9:00-12:00

virtual

, OH

By registering for this training you are committing to attend both sessions:
3/25/2024 from 9am-12pm &
3/26/2024 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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The Role the Family Plays in Human Trafficking: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

04/03/2024

1:00-4:00

Virtual

, OH

Join us to discuss the role the family plays in human trafficking. At times family members and foster parents have been the driving force behind keeping someone out of a trafficking situation. Other times, they are the cause. In this session we will help you better understand human trafficking, how to spot it and what to do when you do. We will go over the basics but focus on familial trafficking specifically. We will share an updated screening tool that will help you identify youth and families that may need additional resources. Finally, we will end with a discussion on how we might move from a reactive to a preventative approach with the family to ensure the best option for a family member is not to offer access to their child for sex or labor in exchange for drugs, rent or other things of commercial value.

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Drug Testing in Child Welfare

04/12/2024

9:00-4:00

Virtual

, OH

Drug screening is a tool that can be used as a positive motivator with clients to encourage steps forward in recovery and to help celebrate milestones. The focus of this workshop is on the role of caseworkers and FPM's when reviewing drug screen results with clients. The trainer will work with participants on how to have effective conversations that lead to increased motivation for change, enhanced treatment involvement, better engagement with recovery supports and improved family stability.

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Trauma-Informed Resiliency-Oriented Supervision

04/17/2024

9:00 - 12:00

Virtual

, OH

Child welfare cases are very complex, multi-system involved and highly traumatized. Thus, our workers are exposed to a high level of secondary traumatic stress in addition to the typical stress of dealing with BH and SUD clients and their families. This newly updated session will address the supervisory relationship as a parallel process of promoting resilience, providing both support to the provider and a roadmap for the therapeutic relationship that the provider has with the family. We will also address supervisory strategies to monitor and prevent SES symptoms related to resilience promotion. Small group breakouts will be used to promote and model reflective discussions around resiliency components and promotion. Intended for Supervisors and administrators only.

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Introduction to START for New Staff

04/18/2024

2:00-4:00

Virtual

, OH

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 Refresher

04/24/2024

9:00-12:15

Virtual

, OH

This half-day refresher deeply reviews and then expands on the Core skills introduced in the prerequisite all-day training. This expansion begins with a more complex exploration of the four Core Skills outlined by OARS, and introduces the fifth Core Skill, Informing and Advising. These five Core Skills are then considered within the acknowledged power imbalance inherent to child protective work that is, blending the person-centered foundation of Motivational Interviewing transparently with the authority and responsibilities of the caseworker. The central message about incorporating Motivational Interviewing into child protective work that this collaborative and guided style of communication offers the opportunity to both support real change for parents and families while also lessening the directive burden for the caseworker is supported throughout.

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Trauma Informed Family Engagement: Understanding the impact of implicit bias and structural racism

04/25/2024

9:00-4:00

Virtual

, OH

Join us to explore what it means to be trauma informed in our engagement of families. Together we will explore the cultural and historical context of trauma, learn about structural racism and our own implicit bias. We will unpack the potential impact of those issues on our engagement with families. Participants will identify the six guiding principles to trauma informed care, the importance of authentic family engagement as well as strategies for the implementation of trauma informed family engagement practices.

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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
  • Carly Mesnick- Behavioral Health TA
  • Brychelle Mullins- Family Peer Mentor TA