Training Center

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.

Contact Carrie Long at Carrie.Long@StarkMHAR.org with questions.


August 2017

W-August 2, 2017 from 1:00 AM-4:15 PM: Addiction & Recovery Symposium. Two continuing education sessions.  Dr. Jamesetta Lewis will present from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on the timeline of the opioid-addiction treatment. She will review the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP).  The second session will be presented by Dr. Steve Graef from 2:45-4:15 p.m. Dr. Graef will summarize the common classes of drugs used by athletes, what causes them to use, and then identify strategies for effective treatment.  Held in the 3rd floor ballroom of the Metropolitan Centre.

W-August 9, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Prevention Foundation Series This is the second of the eight sessions, you must register to attend the series. The eight-day series will include training on the two foundations and six domains required for Ohio Certified Prevention Specialists, meeting the education/training requirement for those working toward the Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant (OCPSA) credential.  Participants will receive 48 hours of prevention education and training over the eight-part series.  Participants must attend all sessions.  Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

R-August 10, 2017 from either 9:00-12:00 PM or 1:00-4:00 PM: Assertive Community Treatment: ACT 101.  Deana Leber-George will guide participants through the widely researched service delivery model developed for individuals with mental illness (and co-occurring substance abuse) who experience consistent, severe symptoms and who benefit from regular, intensive treatment from a multidisciplinary team of trained mental health professionals.  Participants of this workshop will learn the basic concepts, structure and critical ingredients of an ACT team.  Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

M-August 14, 2017 from 9:00-4:30 PM: TIP (Transition to Independence Process) Implementation Training Day III. This one day workshop will include a review of the TIP Model, the 7 guidelines and core competencies (strengths discovery, futures planning, rationales, in vivo teaching, and SODAS) with discussion of the successes and challenges with implementation following completion of TIP Implementation Day I/II, which you must have previously attended.  Supervision, Transition Solutions Review, Documentation Strategies, and Quality Improvement Mechanisms will be discussed.  This workshop will also train participants in the WHAT’S Up Prevention Planning for High Risk Behaviors Module and the SCORA Mediation Method Module:  A Negotiated Decision-Making Method – this module looks at developing solutions to problems affecting the young person when others may be controlling some aspect of the situation. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

W/R-August 16/17, 2017 from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM: Mental Health First Aid USA for Adults. A person you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. You are more likely to encounter someone – a 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 crisis and demonstrates how to 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 resource professionals and caring citizens. Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community. 8.0 CEUs/RCHs offered as well as a three year certification. Held at StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

R-August 24, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Prevention Foundation Series This is the third of the eight sessions, you must register to attend the series. The eight-day series will include training on the two foundations and six domains required for Ohio Certified Prevention Specialists, meeting the education/training requirement for those working toward the Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant (OCPSA) credential.  Participants will receive 48 hours of prevention education and training over the eight-part series.  Participants must attend all sessions.  Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

M-August 28, 2017 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Lunch and Learn: Self-Care/Vicarious Trauma.  More information to come.  Parking vouchers available.  Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

T/W-August 29/30, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Risk Assessment, Safety Planning, and Crisis Stabilization.   Presented by Rick Shepler, Ph.D., this training day will present an overview of risk assessment, crisis stabilization, and safety planning for youth with serious emotional disabilities and his or her family. The following topic areas will be covered: risk and safety assessment, crisis functional analysis, safety planning, crisis intervention, and working with family systems to assess and re-mediate their escalation patterns.  12.0 CEUs pending.  Held at First Christian Church; 6900 Market Avenue North, Canton, OH 44721. 


July 2017

T-July 18, 2017 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM: Cultural and Linguistic Competence.  This interactive morning session will engage participants in an overview of cultural and linguistic competence frameworks at the individual, organizational, and systemic levels.

1:00 PM-4:00 PM: Cultural and Linguistic Competence.  This interactive afternoon session will engage participants in a process to engage participants in an in-depth analysis of the role of culture and language in various aspects of service delivery across the multiple system of care stakeholder systems. Lunch at the discretion of the attendee.  Held at Walsh University Barrette Center; 2020 East Maple Street, North Canton, OH 44720.

M-July 24, 2017 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Lunch and Learn: QPR.  Shannon Ortiz, Director of Counseling at Mount Union and VP of NAMI Stark County’s Board will be presenting the QPR series at our first Lunch and Learn.  Parking vouchers available.  Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

W-July 26, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Prevention Foundation Series The Prevention Foundations series provides the underpinning for professionals and advocates who need a core understanding of prevention science and practice. The eight-day series will include training on the two foundations and six domains required for Ohio Certified Prevention Specialists, meeting the education/training requirement for those working toward the Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant (OCPSA) credential. The training will also include content from the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) curriculum developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Participants will receive 48 hours of prevention education and training over the eight-part series.  Participants must attend all sessions.  Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

F-July 28, 2017 from 9:00 AM-10:30 AM: Supporting Your Clients in the College Environment. Over the past two decades, there has been a significant increase in individuals with existing mental health diagnoses attending college.  Student Accessibility/Disability Services offices provide academic accommodations to assist and support students with visible and invisible diagnoses to persist and succeed in the higher education environment through providing appropriate academic accommodations.  This presentation will introduce mental health clinicians to college accommodations and provide guidance on completing necessary paperwork for their clients.  This presentation will also cover how mental health symptoms may manifest differently in the college academic environment and how to assist clients attending college with appropriate on-campus resources for support and assistance for academic success. Held at Kent State Stark; 6000 Frank Avenue NW, North Canton, OH 44720.


June 2017

F-June 2, 2017 from 7:30 AM-12:00 PM: 2017 Leadership Breakfast.  Learn more about leadership during system changes and how another system has managed their own service transitions. Hear about the new organizational strategic plan from StarkMHAR Executive Director John Aller, and celebrate the winners of the 2017 HOPE Awards.  CEUs/RCHs pending for applicable sessions.  Cost: $20.00 per person will cover registration and breakfast. Held at Walsh University Barrette Center; 2020 East Maple Street, North Canton, OH 44720.

rsvp for the 2017 Leadership Breakfast

M/T-June 5/6, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: DBT III: Individual Therapy.  The third and final part of the series presents the Individual Therapy of DBT.  Originally a treatment for people experiencing chronic suicidal thoughts usually associated with symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT is also now used for treating adolescents and young adults experiencing an array of severe mental health issues including mood disorders, addiction, self-harm, eating and food issues, and post traumatic stress. 6.0 CEUs/RCHs offered per day.  Cost: $10.00 per person, per day to cover lunch. Held at First Christian Church; 6900 Market Avenue North, Canton, OH 44721.  THIS TRAINING IS AT CAPACITY.

rsvp for the DBT III training

T-June 6, 2017 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM: Fundamentals of MI Supervision Series (3 of 3).  Clinical supervisors who provide meaningful supervision of Motivational Interviewing (MI) skill-development to service-team members must be equipped with some essential tools, including skill-evaluation, clinical feedback, and planning.

In this final module, participants will learn how to provide meaningful feedback to staff about motivational interventions observed in a client/staff interaction.  Participants will also practice providing effective motivational interviewing skills coaching sessions to supervisees.  3.0 CEUs/RCHs offered per session for a total of 9.0 CEUs/RCHs upon completion of series. Must register for session (1 of 3) scheduled for April 19, 2017 and attend all three dates.  Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

T/W-June 6/7, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: TIP (Transition to Independence Process) Model.  The purpose of this workshop is to train participants in the core competencies of the TIP model that prepares and supports youth and young adults with EBD in their movement into employment, educational opportunities, living situation, personal effectiveness/wellbeing, and community-life functioning.  Behavioral rehearsal of practice strategies will be used to enhance the competencies of participants and examples from community sites will be used.  Participants will be given a TIP Training Manual and will be involved through questions and discussion as it relates to their TIP core competency development and implementation needs. 12.0 CEUs/RCHs upon completion of Orientation and Implementation sessions.  Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.  THIS TRAINING IS AT CAPACITY.

rsvp for the TIP Training

R-June 8, 2017 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Cultural Influence and Health Care Series: Youth and Young Adult Culture and Community.  The Stark County Cultural Competence Committee and Learning Community (SC3C) invites cross-system partners to learn and explore best practices for serving and engaging populations in Stark County’s continuum of care.  2.0 CEUs/RCHs pending. Held at Malone University, Johnson Center; 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, OH 44709.

  • September 14, 2017: Cultural Influences in the Hispanic/Latino Community;
  • December 14, 2017: Cultural Influences in the Appalachian Community.

rsvp for the Youth and Young Adult Culture and Community

W/R-June 14/15, 2017 from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM: Mental Health First Aid USA for Adults. A person you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. You are more likely to encounter someone – a 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 crisis and demonstrates how to 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 resource professionals and caring citizens. Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community. 8.0 CEUs/RCHs offered as well as a three year certification. Held at StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702. THIS TRAINING IS AT CAPACITY.

rsvp for MHFA for Adults

M-F-June 19-23, 2017 from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM: Integrated Ohio Peer Supporter Training.  Ohio’s peer Supporter training includes a 40 hour in-person integrated peer training, 16 hours of E-Based Academy Courses, and a test.  The integrated peer support curriculum was funded through a SAMHSA BRSS TACS grant in an effort to promote the widespread adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems for people in recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders.  Additional information can be found by clicking here.  Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.


MAY 2017

W-May 3, 2017 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM: Eviction and Prevention.  The training will highlight the eviction process from a Magistrates perspective with guidance for Case Managers regarding advocating for clients.  The training will also focus on fair housing for tenants and a landlords rights.  Held at the Goodwill Community Campus; 408 9th Street SW, Canton, OH 44707.

rsvp for the eviction and prevention training

T-May 9, 2017 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM: Fundamentals of MI Supervision Series (2 of 3).  Clinical supervisors who provide meaningful supervision of Motivational Interviewing (MI) skill-development to service-team members must be equipped with some essential tools, including skill-evaluation, clinical feedback, and planning.

In this second of three modules, participants will review MI resources for applicability in their clinical supervision to help service-team members develop MI competencies as well as learn how to increase staff buy-in for motivational interventions and MI Supervision. This event features large and small group discussions and practical exercises which facilitate familiarity with available resources and promote action-planning that enhances current supervision strategies.  This second module will assist individuals in learning how to recognize specific motivational interventions as they occur during an interaction. Participants will also learn how to measure the quality of specific motivational interventions.  3.0 CEUs offered per session for a total of 9.0 CEUs upon completion of series.  Must attend all three dates included in series.  Must register for session (1 of 3) scheduled for April 19, 2017.  Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

W-May 10, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Postponed: The Effects of Childhood Adversity on Our Children: How You Can Make a Difference.  Keynote speaker Judy Romano, M.D. will work with medical personnel specializing in pediatrics on childhood adversity. 6.0 CMEs.  Held at La Pizzaria; 3656 Dressler Road NW, Canton, OH 44718.

T-May 16, 2017 from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM: 2017 Clinical Day: Emerging Strategies in Prevention vs. Harm Reduction & How Communities Can Benefit from Both.  National & regional presenters including: Kevin Hines (Motivational Speaker & Wellness Advocate), Dorothy Chaney (CADCA), Holly Jones (OACBHA), Canton City Health Department, John Ellis, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, ICCS, and Amber Wolfrom (ADAMHS Board of Hancock County). Participants will learn more about the difference between prevention and harm reduction strategies and the emerging trends.  Some of the highlighted topics include: Overview of Prevention vs. Harm Reduction Strategies; Crisis Text Line Statewide Initiative; Canton City Health Department’s Project SWAP; Ethics in the Digital Age; and Cutting as a Harm Reduction Strategy.  6.5 CEUs available.  Held at the First Christian Church; 6900 Market Avenue N, Canton, OH 44721.  $20.00 per person; includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

rsvp for the 2017 clinical day

W/R-May 24/25, 2017 from 8:30 PM-12:30 PM: Mental Health First Aid® Training for Youth. This is an 8-hour public education program 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 offered as well as 3-year certification. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

rsvp for MHFA for Youth


APRIL 2017

M-April 10, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:15 PM and T-April 11, 2017 from 8:00-3:00 PM: PartnerSolutions Informatics Forum for NextGen Users in Behavioral Health. The PartnerSolutions Informatics Forum for NextGen Users in Behavioral Health brings together all Ohio behavioral health providers (including FQHCs) that use NextGen as their Electronic Practice Management and Electronic Health Records software. By attending the conference, behavioral health providers can take a step to ensure they are getting the most from their electronic health records and practice management investment – resulting in a continued improvement of service delivery. CEUs pending for most sessions. Held at Kent State University at Stark Conference Center, Canton, OH.  $112.00 per person; includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and continuing education credits for both days.

RSVP FOR THE PartnerSolutions INFORMATICS FORUM

W-April 19, 2017 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM: Fundamentals of MI Supervision Series (1 of 3).  Clinical supervisors who provide meaningful supervision of Motivational Interviewing (MI) skill-development to service-team members must be equipped with some essential tools, including skill-evaluation, clinical feedback, and planning. This workshop is designed for clinical supervisors at organizations that provide MI interventions. Participants must have prior training and experience in MI.

In this first of three modules, participants will review MI resources for applicability in their clinical supervision to help service-team members develop MI competencies as well as learn how to increase staff buy-in for motivational interventions and MI Supervision. This event features large and small group discussions and practical exercises which facilitate familiarity with available resources and promote action-planning that enhances current supervision strategies.  This first module will also illustrate attributes of an MI supervisor and techniques to help staff realize the effect of MI-consistent and MI-inconsistent approaches.  3.0 CEUs offered per session for a total of 9.0 CEUs upon completion of series.  Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

rsvp for the Fundamentals of mi supervision series


march 2017

M-March 6, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Motivational Interviewing I. MI is a two day training.  MI II will be held on March 27, 2017.  Foundations of MI I introduces participants to the philosophical roots and essential constructs of the model.  Participants will be introduced to the Engaging process and learn skill-building exercises designed to assist them in utilizing person-centered approaches and engage people in change discussions.  They will practice strategies to respond to resistance in work settings for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorders. 6.0 CEUs offered. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.  THIS TRAINING IS AT CAPACITY.

R-March 9, 2017 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Cultural Influences and Health Care Series: African American Culture and Community. Learn more about cultural influences and the impact on service delivery in a health care and clinical setting.  Open to behavioral health case managers, community health workers, leadership staff, nurses, program planning staff, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers and certified peer support specialists, educators, system navigators and/or cultural brokers.  2.0 CEUs provided for counselors and social workers per session. Held at Malone University; Johnson Center; 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, OH 44709.  THIS TRAINING IS AT CAPACITY.

  • June 8, 2017: Cultural Influences with Youth and Young Adults;
  • September 14, 2017: Cultural Influences in the Hispanic/Latino Community;
  • December 14, 2017: Cultural Influences in the Appalachian Community.

rsvp for the cultural influences in the African American community

M-T-March 20-21, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: DBT II (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) 2-Day Skills Training.  Originally a treatment for people experiencing chronic suicidal thoughts usually associated with symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT is also now used for treating adolescents and young adults experiencing an array of severe mental health issues including mood disorders, addiction, self-harm, eating and food issues, and post traumatic stress.  Part 2 of the series will present the individual skills used in DBT as well as teaching methods.  Held at First Christian Church; 6900 Market Avenue, North, Canton, OH 44721.

rsvp for the DBT II 2-Day Skills Training

M-F-March 20-24, 2017 from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM: Integrated Ohio Peer Supporter Training.  Ohio’s peer Supporter training includes a 40 hour in-person integrated peer training, 16 hours of E-Based Academy Courses, and a test.  The integrated peer support curriculum was funded through a SAMHSA BRSS TACS grant in an effort to promote the widespread adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems for people in recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders.  Additional information can be found by clicking here.  Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

M-March 27, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Motivational Interviewing II.  This training reviews the basic concepts learned in MI I and discusses with participants their experiences integrating the model into their clinical work.  They will be introduced to specific techniques to recognize, elicit and strengthen change talk, as well as consolidate a person’s commitment to change.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice these techniques in role/real-play and other group exercises with an emphasis on severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorders.  Must register and attend MI I.  6.0 CEUs provided per session. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.  THIS TRAINING IS AT CAPACITY.

W-R-March 29-30, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Facilitating Healing, Resiliency & Hope.  Part I: Hardwired for Connection; Part II: The Healing Power of Connection.  Trauma is now recognized as a nearly universal experience of individuals with behavioral health problems often resulting in a complex array of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.  Through understanding of the latest trauma research and careful translation into practice, we can help trauma survivors experience healing, resiliency and hope.  This lively and interactive training brings to life the neuroscience of trauma and the healing power of relationships.  This training also provides self-care for caregivers and service providers, so they have what they need to assist with the important journey of healing.  Held at the First Christian Church, Heritage Hall; 6900 Market Avenue North, Canton, OH 44720.

rsvp for facilitating healing, resiliency & hope


February 2017

M-February 13, 2017 from 9:00 AM-10:30 AM: Fundamentals of MI Supervision Series. This follow-up training is open to clinical supervisors who provide meaningful supervision of MI (Motivational Interviewing) skill-development to service-team members must be equipped with some essential tools, including skill-evaluation, clinical feedback, and planning.  This workshop is designed for clinical supervisors at organizations that provide MI interventions.  Participants must have prior training and experience in MI. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.  1.5 CEUs provided per session; participants are expected to attend the series in its entirety.

  • Fundamentals of MI Supervision (1/6): Resources for Supervisors – February 13, 2017;
  • Fundamentals of MI Supervision (2/6): Engaging Staff – March 8, 2017;
  • Fundamentals of MI Supervision (3/6): MI Skills Identification – April 3, 2017;
  • Fundamentals of MI Supervision (4/6): MI Skills Measurement – April 24, 2017;
  • Fundamentals of MI Supervision (5/6): Providing Feedback – May 15, 2017;
  • Fundamentals of MI Supervision (6/6): Coaching – June 5, 2017.

rsvp for the fundamentals of MI Supervision Series

W/R-February 15/16, 2017 from 8:30 PM-12:30 PM: Mental Health First Aid® Training for Youth. This is an 8-hour public education program 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 offered as well as 3-year certification. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

RSVP for the Mental Health First Aid® Training for Youth


January 2017

R-January 12, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Training. This first day of training presents an overview of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.  Originally a treatment for people experiencing chronic suicidal thoughts usually associated with symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT is also now used for treating adolescents and young adults experiencing an array of severe mental health issues including mood disorders, addiction, self-harm, eating and food issues, and post-traumatic stress.  This is a free training. Lunch is on your own. Event will be held at First Christian Church, 6900 Market Avenue North, Canton, OH 44721.  6.0 CEUs provided for counselors and social workers. Psychologist CEUs available thru the Akron Area Professional Psychologists. Space is limited. Please RSVP by contacting Alisha Davidson, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, (330) 454-7917.

M-F-January 23-27, 2017 from 8:30 AM-5 PM: Ohio Peer Supporter Training. Ohio’s Peer Supporter training includes a 40 hour in-person integrated peer training, 16 hours of E-Based Academy Courses, and a test.  The integrated peer support curriculum was funded through a SAMHSA BRSS TACS grant in an effort to promote the widespread adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems for people in recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders.  This is a free training. Lunch is on your own. You must submit an application and have it approved through OhioMHAS to attend.  Event will be held at StarkMHAR, 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

M-January 30, 2017 from 3:30 PM-5:30 PM: DFSC Annual Meeting: DRE Training. This event will provide an overview of drugs in Stark County (including visuals), trends and themes that are occurring on Stark County roadways, DRE evidence in courtroom.  Sergeant Chane Cline is a 15 year veteran of the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.  In January 2016, Sergeant Cline attended the DRE (Drug Recognition Expert School) and successfully completed that class, becoming certified as a DRE.  Co-presenter Holly Reese is the Ohio Traffic Safety Office legal representative acting as a resource to law enforcement, prosecutor’s, and judges, through both classroom training and courtroom assistance; assists in instruction OPOTA, SFST, ARIDE, and DRE courses around the state; judicial webinar and live CLE training in Drugged Driving, Cops In Court, Disabling the DUI Defense, and Crash to Court; guest speaking at Safe Communities, OVI Task-forces, and LEO classes statewide.  This is a free training open to all coalition members and prevention specialists in Stark County.  Event will be held at StarkMHAR, 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

RSvp for the DFSC Annual Meeting: DRE Training


December 2016

W-December 7, 2016 from 8:30 AM-5 PM: Opiate Symposium: Stark County’s Call to Action. RSVP by Nov. 30 for the 2016 Opiate Symposium! This free community event is open to all area medical professionals, health and human service providers, school staff, community leaders, law and criminal justice professionals, parents and community members. It takes all of us working together to tackle Stark County’s public health epidemic. This is a free training. Lunch is on your own. Event will be held at Walsh University Barrette Center, 2020 East Maple Street, North Canton, OH 44720. Education credits pending. Space is limited. Please RSVP by November 30, 2016.

RSVP for the Opiate Symposium


November 2016

T/W-November 29/30, 2016 from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM: Mental Health First Aid USA for Adults. A person you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. You are more likely to encounter someone – a 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 crisis and demonstrates how to 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. Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community. 8.0 RCHs offered as well as certification. Held at StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

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October 2016

TWO SESSIONS ONLY! Register by Oct. 19, 2016 for Getting Ready for Behavioral Health Redesign featuring national presenter Linda Scott, MSW, V.P. Clinical Support Services, Topaz Information Solutions; V.P. Child & Family Solutions, JFCS.

Session #1: Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, 1:00 p.m. Registration, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Who should attend? If you are a provider agency clinician, fiscal, IT and/or administrative staff, please click here for Session #1 »

Session #2: Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, 5:00 p.m. Registration, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Who should attend? If you are a provider agency medical staff, physician, psychologist, nurse and/or other medical personnel, please click here for Session #2 »

About the presenter: Linda Scott’s involvement in electronic health record development and implementation began in 1999 when she served as project manager for the initial development of EHR content and implementation for Jewish Family & Children’s Service when the agency converted from paper records to electronic health records. Learn more about Linda Scott, MSW » 

This is a free training for individuals working in Stark County. Held at First Christian Church; 6900 Market Avenue N., North Canton, OH 44721. Education credits pending.

REGISTER TODAY FOR SESSION #1 OR SESSION #2 

F-October 28, 2016 from 8:00-5:00 PM: Youth Mental Health First Aid. Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program 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 RCHs offered as well as 3-year certification. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

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September 2016

F-September 16, 2016 from 7:30-12:00 PM: Annual Conference Leadership Breakfast. Register by Friday, Sept. 9 for this year’s Annual Conference Leadership Breakfast! Breakfast Keynote, Roland Lamb will present “Philadelphia Lessons Learned: Systemwide Service Integration of Behavioral Health Care.” Learn more about system changes to come and how others have managed their own service transitions. Hear a state-of-the-agency address by StarkMHAR Executive Director John Aller, and celebrate the winners of the 2016 HOPE Awards. Continuing education credits are pending for applicable sessions. This event will be held at Walsh University Barrette Center; 2020 East Maple Street, North Canton, OH 44720.

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M-September 26, 2016 from 9:00-4:30 PM: Motivational Interviewing I. Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. It is a way of working with persons to assist them in accessing their intrinsic motivation to change behaviors that contradict their essential values and interfere with the achievement of their life goals. Motivational Interviewing is both a philosophy and a set of strategic techniques. It is an evidence-based treatment with a broad range of applications. The Center for Evidence-Based Practices makes an attempt to incorporate exercises and examples specific to the unique practice settings of participants, with an emphasis on individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorders. This is day one of a two-day training. MI II will be held on October 24, 2016. You are only required to register for day one (MI I). You will automatically be registered for the second day. You are required to attend both days. 6.0 CEUs/RCHs offered. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702. Limited space, please register by September 19, 2016.

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AUGUST 2016

W-August 24 from 9:00-4:30 PM: “Ethical Considerations and Boundary Management When Working with Survivors of Trauma” & “Providing Effective Supervision for Those Who Work with Trauma” Presented by Elizabeth Bach-Van Valkenburgh, LISW-S, CNM. This training is comprised of two sessions – a morning session, “Ethical Considerations and Boundary Management When Working with Survivors of Trauma,” focused on ethics and an afternoon session, “Providing Effective Supervision for Those Who Work with Trauma,” focused on supervision. Attendees can choose to attend the morning, afternoon or the full day.

“Ethical Considerations and Boundary Management When Working with Survivors of Trauma.” The morning will focus on helping individuals and organizations that provide trauma services understand the unique ethical dilemmas and boundaries that arise when working with traumatized individuals. Using the trauma-informed framework they will explore ethical responsibilities and the ethics of care when working with this population. 3 hours of Ethics CEUs pending. This event will be held at First Christian Church, Heritage Hall; 6900 Market Avenue North, Canton, OH 44721.

“Providing Effective Supervision for Those Who Work with Trauma.” The afternoon session will assist supervisors in providing effective trauma-informed supervision to clinicians who work with traumatized individuals. They will look at two models of supervision and how to assess compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma in staff. They will work in groups to discuss when to encourage staff to receive support beyond the supervision relationship and the management of boundaries. 3 hours of Supervision CEUs pending. This event will be held at First Christian Church, Heritage Hall; 6900 Market Avenue North, Canton, OH 44721.

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R/F-August 25/26 from 8:30-12:30 PM: Mental Health First Aid USA for Youth. Mental Health First Aid USA for Youth is an 8-hour public education program 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 RCHs offered as well as 3-year certification. Held at StarkMHAR, Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

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JULY 2016

W-July 13, 2016 from 9:00-4:30 PM: Understanding Vicarious Trauma in the Helping Profession. Presenter Elizabeth Bach-Van Valkenburgh, LISW-S, CNM will conduct the first of two trainings. This first one will focus on helping service providers understand vicarious trauma and the impact it has on client care. She will explore the ways that working with the traumatized population can take a toll on providers and how to identify and manage when this occurs. Concepts covered will be ethics of care, self-care strategies, as well as compassion fatigue, burnout and countertransference as we deepen our understanding of vicarious trauma. This event will be held at First Christian Church, Heritage Hall; 6900 Market Avenue North, Canton, OH 44721. 5.5 CEUs/RCHs pending.

R/F-July 21/22, 2016 from 8:30-12:30 PM: Mental Health First Aid USA for Youth. Mental Health First Aid USA for Youth is an 8-hour public education program 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 RCHs offered as well as 3-year certification. Held at StarkMHAR, Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.


JUNE 2016

T-June 7, 2016 from 8:00-5:00 PM: Mental Health First Aid USA for Law Enforcement, Corrections and Public Safety. This training is for police, first responders, corrections officers, and other public safety audiences. Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety provides officers with more response options to help them deescalate incidents and better understand mental illnesses so they can respond to mental health related calls apropriately without compromising safety. Three year certification offered upon completion. Held at StarkMHAR, Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.


MAY 2016

T-May 10, 2016 from 8:00-4:30 PM: Annual Conference Clinical Day: “Keeping Hope Alive.” Presenters include Dr. Yvette Jackson, Kamesha Spates, Ph.D., Jason McGlothlin, Ph.D., PCC-S, Emily Ribnik, PCC-S, and Allison Rohlf, MSSA, LSW, OCPSA. The overarching goal for the day is to learn more about recognizing and preventing suicide throughout the community. Presenters will focus on the various and normal impacts the death of a client can have on staff both professionally and personally, the Zero Suicide Model, and the various forms of risk assessment. 6.0 CEUs/RCHs/CMEs pending. Held at First Christian Church, Heritage Hall; 6900 Market Avenue North, Canton, OH 44721.

T/W-May 17/18, 2016 from 8:30-12:30 PM: Youth Mental Health First Aid USA. Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program 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 RCHs offered as well as three year certification. Held at StarkMHAR, Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

M/T-May 23/24, 2016 from 8:00-5:00 PM: Ohio Behavioral Health NextGen Users Group Meeting. The Ohio Behavioral Health NextGen Users Group Meeting brings together all Ohio behavioral health providers (including FQHCs) that use NextGen as their Electronic Practice Management and Electronic Health Records software. By attending the conference, behavioral health providers can take a step to ensure they are getting the most from their electronic health records and practice management investment – resulting in a continued improvement of service delivery. 4.5 CEUs/RCHs Pending for May 23, 5.5 CEUs/RCHs Pending for May 24. Held at The University Center, Kent State University at Stark; 6000 Frank Avenue NW, North Canton, OH 44720.


APRIL 2016

T-April 19, 2016 from 8:00-5:00 PM: Mental Health First Aid USA for Adults. Before you can know how to help, you need to know when to help. We call this mental health literacy or a basic understanding of what different mental illnesses and addictions are, how they can affect a person’s daily life, and what helps individuals experiencing these challenges get well. Certified trainer Michele Boone, PCC-S, CDCA will touch on depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis and substance use disorders; 8.0 RCHs offered as well as a three year certification. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.


Contact Carrie Long at Carrie.Long@StarkMHAR.org with questions.