Training Center

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

  • Facial covering/mask required.
  • 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.

For training questions, please contact Bev James, Training Coordinator, at 330-430-3980 or Beverly.James@StarkMHAR.org.


September 2021

T September 14, 2021, from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
S.C.3.C. Roundtable Series 
Topic: 
Stark County response to racism as a public health crisis.
These round table discussions will be addressing racism as a public health issue and how it relates to infant and maternal mortality, substance use and addiction, and how do we respond as a county.
Location:  Virtual via Teams
Education Credits:  
Not applicable
Questions?  Contact: Donna Edwards, Program Administrator, at Donna.Edwards@StarkMHAR.org

M-W September 20 – 22, 2021, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
CISM – Critical Incident Stress Management 
This training is only for those interested in participating in a community wide CISM response team. For more information on what this commitment entails, please contact Rochelle Jimenez at Rochelle.Jimenez@colemanservices.org.
This 3‐day course combines the two beginner courses of ICISF’s Academy of Crisis Intervention; Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention.
Location:  First Christian Church – Heritage Hall 
Education Credits: 
24 CEUs
Registration closes:  
September 10, 2021

W September 29, 2021, from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Reimaging Trauma
This training is recommended for all behavioral health providers, direct staff (priority) and in-direct staff, in Stark County and is part of an initiative through the Continuous Improvement in Behavioral Health (CIBH) grant.  * Stark County providers will have priority for registration. 
Reimaging Trauma will explore the strategies to manage the current challenges and how trauma impacts individuals and the systems that serve children, youth, and families.  This training will assist you in understanding how your own experiences impact your interaction with others in the work environment.  Being aware of how you interact (what you say and how you communicate it) with people seeking services at your organization is important to how the person feels about the agency, their services, and even whether they return.  Reimaging trauma is about you, your work, your health, and your life.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits: 
3 CEUs
Registration closes:  September 24, 2021

W September 29, 2021, from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Reimaging Trauma
This training is recommended for all behavioral health providers, direct staff (priority) and in-direct staff, in Stark County and is part of an initiative through the Continuous Improvement in Behavioral Health (CIBH) grant.  * Stark County providers will have priority for registration. 
Reimaging Trauma will explore the strategies to manage the current challenges and how trauma impacts individuals and the systems that serve children, youth, and families.  This training will assist you in understanding how your own experiences impact your interaction with others in the work environment.  Being aware of how you interact (what you say and how you communicate it) with people seeking services at your organization is important to how the person feels about the agency, their services, and even whether they return.  Reimaging trauma is about you, your work, your health, and your life.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:
3 CEUs
Registration closes:  September 24, 2021

october 2021

W October 13, 2021, from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM:
CIT Dispatcher 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. The CIT model was first developed and implemented in 1988 by the Memphis, Tennessee Police Department. The Team was developed to address the special challenges to law enforcement posed by persons with mental illness and to better serve the community. Emergency dispatchers are a critical link in the CIT program and may include call-takers, dispatchers and 911 operators.  The success of CIT depends on their familiarity with the CIT program, knowledge of how to recognize a CIT call involving a behavioral crisis event, ability to solicit information that will help the community member and the responding CIT Officer, and appropriate dispatch of CIT Officers.
Location:  Canton Police Department – Training
Education Credits:  Not applicable
Registration Closes:  October 6, 2021

W October 13, 2021, from 2:00 PM-5:00 PM:
Understanding NEAR:  Building Self-Healing Communities

This training is recommended for all behavioral health providers, in-direct staff (priority) and direct staff, in Stark County and is part of an initiative through the Continuous Improvement in Behavioral Health (CIBH) grant.  * Stark County providers will have priority for registration. 
Understanding NEAR is a 3-hour interactive presentation on adverse childhood experiences and their impact across the life course.  It will include sections on the neurobiology and brain development of children, epigenetics, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, and Resilience.  It will include small and large group dialog, time for reflection, and actions going forward. This training will assist you in understanding how your own experiences impact your interaction with others in the work environment.  Being aware of how you interact (what you say and how you communicate it) with people seeking services at your organization is important to how the person feels about the agency, their services, and even whether they return.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom.
Education Credits: 
3 CEUs
Registration Closes: October 6, 2021

Th October 14, 2021, from 2:00 PM-5:00 PM:
Understanding NEAR:  Building Self-Healing Communities

This training is recommended for all behavioral health providers, in-direct staff (priority) and direct staff, in Stark County and is part of an initiative through the Continuous Improvement in Behavioral Health (CIBH) grant.  * Stark County providers will have priority for registration. 
Understanding NEAR is a 3-hour interactive presentation on adverse childhood experiences and their impact across the life course.  It will include sections on the neurobiology and brain development of children, epigenetics, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, and Resilience.  It will include small and large group dialog, time for reflection, and actions going forward. This training will assist you in understanding how your own experiences impact your interaction with others in the work environment.  Being aware of how you interact (what you say and how you communicate it) with people seeking services at your organization is important to how the person feels about the agency, their services, and even whether they return.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom.
Education Credits: 
3 CEUs
Registration Closes: October 7, 2021

T October 26, 2021, from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
AMSR – Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk – Direct Care Outpatient  
* Stark County providers will have priority for registration. 
AMSR Direct Care Outpatient is a 3.5-hour workshop for staff who support providers and teams trained in AMSR Outpatient so that they can communicate in a similar language with all treatment staff across disciplines to help coordinate care with those who provide treatment. These staff members work directly with clients but are not the lead clinician making care decisions or developing risk formulations. The training focuses on teaching the AMSR model while understanding the scope of their role within the team.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom.
Education Credits: 
Not applicable
Registration Closes:  October 8, 2021

F October 29, 2021, from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
AMSR – Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk – Outpatient
* Stark County providers will have priority for registration. 
AMSR for Outpatient Settings is a dynamic one-day workshop that equips new and experienced clinicians with the skills to address clinical dilemmas encountered while assisting individuals at risk for suicide. Using a combination of expert teaching, video modeling, practice exercises, and small and large group discussion, AMSR provides an up-to-date review of what experts consider to be the most essential knowledge, attitudes, and skills for providing suicide safer care. AMSR meets objectives included in the U.S. Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention urging organizations and clinicians to create an environment where clients feel safe to disclose suicidal thoughts; collaborate with their mental health providers; and expect that care is informed by clear and contextually appropriate frameworks for assessment and intervention.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom.
Education Credits: 
6.5 CEUs
Registration Closes: October 13, 2021

november 2021

M-F November 15 – November 19, 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.
Location:  Stark County Law Enforcement Training Center
Education Credits:  
Not applicable
Registration Closes:  November 5, 2021

Th November 18, 2021, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Equity and Inclusion:  Cultural Competence and Humility in Health and Human Services
The Cultural Competency Training (CCT) will cover topics that are fundamental to cultural competency and cultural humility, which will assist with the understanding of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and develop skills in understanding diverse communities.  The CCT curriculum includes but is not limited to:  Compelling Reasons for Cultural Competence, The Dynamics of Diversity, The Impact of Personal Culture on Communication, The Cultural Bumps, and Communicating Effectively through and Interpreter.
Location:  First Christian Church – Heritage Hall
Education Credits:  7.25 CEUs
Registration closes:  November 12, 2021

april 2022

Th April 7, 2022, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Equity and Inclusion:  Cultural Competence and Humility in Health and Human Services
The Cultural Competency Training (CCT) will cover topics that are fundamental to cultural competency and cultural humility, which will assist with the understanding of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and develop skills in understanding diverse communities.  The CCT curriculum includes but is not limited to:  Compelling Reasons for Cultural Competence, The Dynamics of Diversity, The Impact of Personal Culture on Communication, The Cultural Bumps, and Communicating Effectively through and Interpreter.
Location:  First Christian Church – Heritage Hall
Education Credits:  7.25 CEUs
Registration Closes:  March 31, 2022

may 2022

W May 18, 2022, from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Risk Assessment for Violence
This course is designed to provide a practical map through the marshy minefield of uncertainty in risk assessment for violence. The demographics of violence and the specific incidence of violence in different psychiatric diagnoses will be reviewed.  Dangerousness will be discussed in persons with psychosis, mania, depression, and substance abuse.  Special attention will be given to persons with paranoid delusions, command hallucinations, premenstrual tension, and homosexual panic.  Personality traits associated with violence will be discussed.  Childhood antecedents of adult violence will be covered.  Advice will be given on taking a history from potentially dangerous patients and countertransference feelings.  Instruction will be given in the elucidation of violent threats, sexual assaults, and “perceived intentionality.”
Location:  First Christian Church – Heritage Hall
Education Credits:  7 CEUs Pending
Registration Closes:  May 4, 2022

For training questions, please contact Bev James, Training Coordinator, at 330-430-3980 or Beverly.James@StarkMHAR.org.