Training Center


StarkMHAR has reduced the number of trainings for the next fiscal year.  Most trainings will be virtual until January 1, 2021.


Working in partnership with clients, families, healthcare and behavioral healthcare providers, local county systems such as education, criminal justice, law enforcement, health and human services, elected officials, businesses, faith-based organizations and community members, StarkMHAR strives to offer a full curriculum of educational events to inspire innovation and to ensure accountability and effectiveness in our local system of client care.

The Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR) is an approved provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board for Social Workers RSX109202 and Counselors RCX119207 and an approved provider of CEUs by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. StarkMHAR’s provider number assigned by CEBroker is 50-17839.

Note that an individuals CEUs are calculated based on the sign-in sheet for each training. You will ONLY be awarded credit for the time that you signed in, we are unable to make exceptions. A CEU cannot be granted for trainings that are less than one hour in length, for refreshment breaks, lunches and other activities not directly part of the instructional experience. For a conference with multiple sessions, you will be required to attend each individual session in its entirety to receive credit. CEU Certificates will be distributed to the email address supplied during registration within 7 business days of the event, please retain a copy for your records.

Contact Jill Machamer at Jill.Machamer@StarkMHAR.org with questions.


July 2020


August 2020

F-August 14, 2020 from 9:00 AM-12:15 PM: Screening and Assessment of Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders. This 3-hour training is presented from the specialized perspective of providing clinical services to youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Broadly, this training aspires to increase clinical recognition for the high prevalence of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in youth.  It is also intended to initiate/reinforce increased considerations regarding the importance of conducting regular screenings and performing developmentally appropriate assessments.  Components of these broader goals include: prevalence of mental health and substance use disorders in addition to trauma and victimization for youth; developmental considerations regarding approaches to screening, assessment and diagnostic understanding; and exploration of specific tools for both screening and assessing youth. 3.0 CEUs pending. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link the week before.

M-F- August 17-21, 2020 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM: Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training. StarkMHAR supports the CIT Training of law enforcement professionals in our community.  Crucial to reducing violence and ensuring successful intervention of mental health and substance use situations, officers are trained in proven and effective communication techniques. CEUs not applicable. Held at Jackson Township Police Department; 7383 Fulton Drive NW,  Massillon, OH 44646.

F-August 21, 2020 from 9:00 AM-12:15 PM: Differential Diagnostic Consideration of Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders: Mental Health Focus. This 3-hour training is presented from the specialized perspective of providing clinical services to youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Most clinicians recognize and readily agree that ‘adolescents are not adults’ – but what does this mean?  Understanding teenage behaviors is challenging enough without the extra complications of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.  This training begins with a review of multiple developmental perspectives active during adolescence.  This exploration segues into guided considerations of expected (and some unexpected) mental health diagnoses for adolescents.  The multiple layers of overlapping symptoms/presentations are then examined while considering differential diagnoses and integrated care.. 3.0 CEUs pending. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link the week before.

R-August 27, 2020 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Populations Focus Learning Series: Veterans Culture and Community. The military culture is one of unique practices, traditions, and beliefs that represent a shared unifying language with a distinct set of guiding principles. As veterans reintegrate into civilian life, the values and aspects of identity they acquired while serving will continue to be important as they move forward. We will learn how to ensure effective, understandable and respectful care for veterans as we increase our knowledge and understanding of the community’s needs. 2.0 CEUs pending. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link the week before.

F-August 28, 2020 from 9:00 AM-12:15 PM:  Intentionally Integrated Treatment Planning of Youth with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. This 3-hour training is presented from the specialized perspective of providing clinical services to youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Broadly, Treatment Planning is a collaborative process that outlines, guides and measures the course of the applications and steps toward change.  It grows from screening and assessment information, diagnoses, and then is built primarily on the recovery and change goals from the youth and his/her family and may even include referral source expectations.  A growing recognition for the advantages of integrating treatment for youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders has been expanding recently.  We have mostly moved beyond Sequential or Parallel treatment options to integrating services into a single treatment plan.  However, simply addressing substance use and mental health needs and goals on a single treatment plan is just the first step.  Recognizing the overlapping and mutually-influencing impacts of substance use and mental health disorders is more complicated. 3.0 CEUs pending. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link the week before.


September 2020

F-September 4, 2020 from 9:00 AM-12:15 PM: Psychoactive Drugs of Abuse and Differential Diagnostic Considerations in Adolescents. This 3-hour training is presented from the specialized perspective of providing clinical services to youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. This training presents and describes, briefly, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic aspects of the nine specific classes of drugs identified in the DSM-5 and also presents several examples of psychoactive substances that may be more common to youth experimentation included in the tenth class of ‘other’.  Potential cognitive and behavioral impacts of use of each substance is discussed from an adolescent-developmental perspective.  These latter considerations, then, are platformed to frame initial considerations about symptom crossover in differential diagnostic understanding. 3.0 CEUs pending. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link the week before.

T-W-September 15-16, 2020 from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM: Adult Mental Health First Aid. This training is for non-clinical staff.  Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course — first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens 8.0 CEUs and 3-year certification. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.

R-September 17, 2020 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Populations Focus Learning Series: Unconscious Bias Culture and Community. Throughout our journey of the Population Focus Learning Series, we have talked about topics on several different cultural communities. We will continue this journey by exploring unconscious bias. Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorization. Many of the cultural communities with which we’ve met through this series encounter unconscious bias in their daily lives. We will learn about the different variations of unconscious bias, how to raise our awareness of them, and most importantly how we can address them. 2.0 CEUs pending. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link the week before.


October 2020

M-October 5, 2020 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM: Equity and Inclusion: Cultural Competence and Humility in Health and Human Services Overview. The Cultural Competency Training (CCT) will be going over topics that are fundamental of cultural competency to cultural humility, which will help attendees gain a better understanding of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and develop skills in diverse communities. 7.25 CEUs available. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.*You must attend this training to attend the Cultural Competency Training Advance on Monday, October 12, 2020.

M-October12, 2020 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM: Equity and Inclusion: Cultural Competence and Humility in Health and Human Services Advanced. The Cultural Competency Training (CCT) Advanced module will increase the awareness, knowledge and skills required to function effectively with cultural differences that may be present in the area of medical services, service organizations and agencies, medical interpretation and community partnership. The CCT Advanced curriculum includes, but is not limited to: building a culturally competent system of care and community partnership. 7.25 CEUs available. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.*You must have attended the Cultural Competency Training Overview on Monday, October 5, 2020 to attend this training.

T-W-October 20-21, 2020 from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM: Youth Mental Health First Aid.Youth Mental Health First Aid® is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health, addiction or crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid® is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD) and eating disorders. 8.0 CEUs and 3-year certification. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.


November 2020

T-W-November 17-18, 2020 from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM: Adult Mental Health First Aid. This training is for non-clinical staff.  Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course — first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens 8.0 CEUs and 3-year certification. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.


December 2020


January 2021


February 2021

T-W-February 9-10, 2020 from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM: Adult Mental Health First Aid. This training is for non-clinical staff.  Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course — first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens 8.0 CEUs and 3-year certification. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.


March 2021

T-W-March 16-17, 2020 from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM: Youth Mental Health First Aid.Youth Mental Health First Aid® is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health, addiction or crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid® is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD) and eating disorders. 8.0 CEUs and 3-year certification. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.


April 2021