Training Center


StarkMHAR has reduced the number of trainings for the next fiscal year.  Most trainings will be virtual until April 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 CE Broker 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 Bev James at Beverly.James@StarkMHAR.org with questions.


March 2021

M-F- March 1-5 and 8-12, 2021 from 9:00 AM-1:30 PM:  Integrated Ohio Peer Supporter Training. Peer Services are a process of giving and receiving support and education from individuals with shared life experiences. Peer Services are provided by individuals in recovery from mental illness and/or addiction who use their lived experience as a tool to assist others by sharing their personal journeys and knowledge. Individuals engaged in peer services play a vital role in laying the foundation for sustained recovery. They encourage, inspire and empower others to set recovery goals and achieve them. Please click here for FAQs. Certified Ohio Peer Supporter (once all steps have been completed). Participants will be contacted prior to Zoom training with login information.. Please use the following link to submit an application: PRS Training Application This applications must be received by February 1, 2021.

M-F- March 15-19, 2021 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM: Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training – Louisville. 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 Louisville Constitution Center: 1022 West Main Street, Louisville, Ohio 44641

T-W-March 16-17, 2021 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.

R-March 25, 2021 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Populations Focus Learning Series: African American Culture and Community: Racial Trauma and ACE. The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood as well as the conditions in the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety and stability. We will explore how racial trauma is also another factor within ACEs in the African American community, it’s consequences, and what we can do to better serve the community. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link the week before.


April 2021

T-April 6, 2021 from 12:30 PM-2:30 PM: Differential Diagnosis- Racially Diverse Populations and Mental Health. Dr.Alfiee Breland-Noble (known professionally as Dr. Alfiee) is a sought-after expert in teen, young adult, and family mental health, and is known nationally as a gifted scientist, public speaker, author, and media personality. With a primary focus on teens, college students, families, and communities of color, she is recognized for her remarkable ability to motivate and inspire by translating complex scientific concepts into everyday language. Dr. Alfiee will be sharing how bias contributes to misdiagnosis and diagnostic disparities. Dr. Alfiee will also provide an understanding of racial bias and its contributions to individual, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism.

This training will be offered over two 2-hour sessions:

The first session – Racially Diverse Populations and Mental Health (12:30pm – 2:30pm) is for school and court personnel, first responders, mental health professionals and anyone interested in understanding how race and bias impacts wellness and mental health symptoms.

The second session – Differential Diagnosis (3pm – 5pm) is for mental health professionals and will focus on helping mental health professionals recognize primary language and definitions of differential diagnosis for mental health concerns in youth as well as how to recognize primary features and outcomes related to racial differences in mental illness diagnoses. Mental health professionals can use this information to create a vision for how to diagnose mental health concerns by limiting and reducing racial biases. **Mental health professionals are asked to attend two experiential sessions to explore individual experiences with and contributions to racism that underlie differential diagnoses and build practices to eliminate differential diagnoses while ensuring equitable access to high quality mental health care for all adolescents. An email with a zoom link will be sent to mental health professionals after the April 6, 2021 training with the two dates which are: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 1 to 2:30 pm and Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 1 to 2:30 pm.

CEUs are pending. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.

T- Th – April 13-15, 2021 from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM on T and 9:00 AM -5:00 PM on W-Th – in-person with an additional two days of virtual training on M-T, April 26-27, 2021 from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM: Parent Peer Support Specialist Training. Parent Peer Support Specialist Training is for an individual with lived experience as the primary caregiver or parent of a child or children for whom they have navigated multiple child serving systems (mental health, juvenile justice, child protective services, education), on behalf of their child/children with social, emotional, developmental, health and or behavioral health needs and who have had a behavioral health diagnosis for a minimum of one year. Please click here for the Parent Peer Support Specialist Information Sheet

Parent Peer Support Specialists in Ohio are also known as:

  • parent support professionals
  • navigators
  • mentors
  • family partners
  • parent partners

Please use the following link to submit an application: Parent Peer Support Training Application This application must be received by March 15, 2021.

T – April 13, 2021 from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM: Advanced Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training – Jackson Police Department. 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. This is an advanced Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training containing a Mental Health Review led by NAMI Stark County. The topics covered include: What is Mental Illness, Executive Functioning, Anosognosia, Mental Health Diagnosis, Stigma, Communication, and Stress.  This can serve as a review for those who have taken the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) certification course or an overview for those who have not attended previous CIT trainings. CEUs not applicable. Held at Jackson Police Department: 7383 Fulton Drive NW, Massillon, Ohio 44646.

T-April 13, 2021 from 9:00 AM-4:00 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.

May 2021

M-F- May 3-7 and 10-14, 2021 from 9:00 AM-1:30 PM:  Integrated Ohio Peer Supporter Training. Peer Services are a process of giving and receiving support and education from individuals with shared life experiences. Peer Services are provided by individuals in recovery from mental illness and/or addiction who use their lived experience as a tool to assist others by sharing their personal journeys and knowledge. Individuals engaged in peer services play a vital role in laying the foundation for sustained recovery. They encourage, inspire and empower others to set recovery goals and achieve them. Please click here for FAQs. Certified Ohio Peer Supporter (once all steps have been completed). Participants will be contacted prior to Zoom training with login information. Please use the following link to submit an application: PRS Training Application This applications must be received by April 1, 2021.

T-May 11, 2021 from 9:00 AM-4:00 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.

S-May 15, 2021 from 9:00 AM-4:00 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.

Th-May 20, 2021 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.  CEUs will be available when approved. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training. An advanced CLC training will be offered in the next fiscal year. Individuals who attend this basic will be able to attend that training.


JunE 2021

W-Th– June 2-3, 2021 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM  in-person with an additional three days of virtual training on T-Th, June 8-10, 2021 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM: Parent Peer Support Provider Training. The Parent Peer Support (PPS) Training is a peer-to-peer approach to supporting families caring for children, youth, and young adults with behavioral, mental, emotional, or co-occurring challenges.  PPS is provided by a parent or caregiver with lived experience who is trained to assist other families by providing support, identifying resources, and facilitating access to services for the child and family.  Anyone who currently has or will have a position as a Parent Peer Support Provider can attend this training  Parent Peer Support Providers can be called many different names, such as Family Peer Support,  Family/Peer Partners, Family/Peer Navigators or Family/Peer Support Specialists.  This training is intended to be one of two trainings in the State of Ohio approved for the state certification process.  The requirements to attend the PPS Training are lived experience as the primary caregiver for a child with behavioral, mental, emotional, or co-occurring challenges, willingness to disclose your status as a caregiver and use that experience in a professional capacity, high school diploma or GED.

Individuals must complete the Parent Peer Support Provider Training Application in order to be considered for this training.  This application must be received by May 14, 2021 in order to attend the training. Click here for the link to the application: Parent Peer Support Provider Application

T-June 15, 2021 from 9:00 AM-4:00 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.