Training Center

Most of StarkMHAR’s trainings will continue to be held virtually with select trainings being held in person.

* In response to the expiration of Ohio’s current health orders, individuals are no longer required to wear a mask beginning June 2, 2021. Please note, the CDC recommends anyone who is unvaccinated to continue to wear masks while indoors.

Visitors to the StarkMHAR office are required to abide by the following COVID-19 protocols:

  • Temperature check upon arrival with a four-question health assessment.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Continue to wash your hands frequently, monitor yourself for symptoms, and stay home if you are sick. 

StarkMHAR is continually monitoring the CDC and Governor DeWine’s COVID-19 recommended protocols and will adapt our safety measures as needed.

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 with questions.

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: TRAINING IN PROGRESS.
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

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.  Three year certification.
This training is being held virtually via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.

Th-June 24, 2021 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM:
Population Focus Learning Series: Latinx Culture and Community: Behavioral Health Stressors and Culturally Competent Approaches
Explore and uncover common behavioral health stressors experienced by Latinx communities and the impact they have on our perception of and actual access, treatment and quality of behavioral health services. Presenters will provide practical tools to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate approaches, focused on elevating equitable and high-quality behavioral health services for Latinx serving communities. Presentation will be delivered through the lens of 5 Latinx subject matter experts with professional and lived experiences across the continuum of care (prevention through treatment and recovery).
This training is being held virtually via Zoom.

August 2021

M-F August 30 – September 3, 2021 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM:
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training

Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery supports the Crisis Intervention Team (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 training being held in person at the Perry Police Department.