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.


APRIL 2019

T/W-April 23/24, 2019 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: DBT Skills Training. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive integrated cognitive behavioral treatment for complex mental disorders. This workshop focuses on the skills training component of DBT: what the skills are, how to teach them and how to integrate them into your practice. 12.0 CEUs available. Held at the StarkMHAR Office, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

T-April 30, 2019 from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM: 2019 Annual Conference: Promoting Self-Care and Avoiding Burnout in the Helping Professions.   The educational focus of the conference will be geared towards vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and taking care of yourself, your staff, and others.  5.0 CEUs/CMEs pending for the day.  (Supervision credits pending for Dr. Georgette Constantinou and Kevin Aldridge (afternoon) sessions, 2.0 total.) Held at the First Christian Church; 6900 Market Avenue, North, Canton, OH 44721.


MAY 2019

W – May 8, 2019 from 8:00AM-5:00 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 available, $30.00 fee. Held at the StarkMHAR Office, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

M-May 13, 2019 from 8:30AM-12:00 PM: Identification, Triage and Intervention Using the C-SSRS Planning Intervention: Increasing Precision, Redirecting Scarce Resources and Saving Lives. Since its implementation, C-SSRS helped reduce suicide rate by 65% over the first ten months in the Tennessee programs of the nation’s largest provider of outpatient community behavioral health care.  Improved questioning using the C-SSRS also reduces over-identification of risk seen with measures that combine ideation and behavior and do not distinguish suicidal and non-suicidal behavior.  Asking about suicide risk cannot be the province of solely specialists if we are to have a successful National Suicide Prevention Strategy and violence reduction.  Knowing that you can ask and knowing how to ask about suicide risk are two key messages that will change how many lives are saved and protected from the effects of violence. The C-SSRS is an effective and feasible tool that can be used by anyone across all sectors of society.  It is part of the toolkit for Zero Suicide recommended by the National Action Alliance.  3.5 CEUs available. Held at First Christian Church, Heritage Hall; 6900 Market Avenue North, North Canton, OH 44721.

M-May 20, 2019 from 9:00-4:30 pm and T-May 21, 2019 from 8:00-4:30 pm: PartnerSolutions Informatics Forum for EMR Users in Behavioral Health. The PartnerSolutions Informatics Forum provides educational and networking opportunities to all behavioral health EMR users.  Join us for two days of learning and networking.  You can expect to take away: an understanding of different workflows used by other behavioral health EMR users, connections with Managed Care Organizations, resources from vendors for practices to enhance their electronic health records with add-ons, additional information on PartnerSolutions products and much more!  9.0 CEUs available. Held at Kent State University at Stark Conference Center; 6000 Frank Avenue NW, North Canton, OH 44720.

M-F-May 20-24, 2019 from 8:30AM-5:00 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.  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.  CEUs not applicable. Held at the StarkMHAR office, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.


JUNE 2019

W-June 5, 2019 from 7:30 AM-11:30 AM: 2019 Leadership Breakfast; The Power of Thank You: A Conversation About Engagement & Enthusiasm at Work.At this annual event hear an award-winning speaker who has spoken to hundreds of audiences, that can help you ramp up your employee engagement, leadership, and motivation!  StarkMHAR’s annual community Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Awards, HOPE Awards and Workforce Development Scholarship. $20 per person. CEUs not applicable. Held at First Christian Church, Heritage Hall; 6900 Market Avenue North, North Canton, OH 44721.

M-June 10, 2019 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM: Bridging the Gap Part II: Connecting Community Mental Health and Faith Leaders.  Spirituality and religion are critically important components in the promotion of mental health and overall wellness. This workshop builds on courageous conversations from previous works with African American faith-based leaders and Stark County community mental health including session “Bridging the Gap: Connecting Community Mental Health and Faith Leaders.” Participants will continue facilitated dialogue and understand the importance of faith as a protective factor while treating and/or supporting individuals living with mental health conditions and co-occurring disorders to access and utilize behavioral health services.  4.0 CEUs pending.  Held at the Light In Christ Church – 1492 Cherry Avenue SE, Canton, OH 44707.

R-June 13, 2019 from 8:30AM-12:00 PM: Identification, Triage and Intervention Using the C-SSRS Planning Intervention: Increasing Precision, Redirecting Scarce Resources and Saving Lives. Since its implementation, C-SSRS helped reduce suicide rate by 65% over the first ten months in the Tennessee programs of the nation’s largest provider of outpatient community behavioral health care.  Improved questioning using the C-SSRS also reduces over-identification of risk seen with measures that combine ideation and behavior and do not distinguish suicidal and non-suicidal behavior.  Asking about suicide risk cannot be the province of solely specialists if we are to have a successful National Suicide Prevention Strategy and violence reduction.  Knowing that you can ask and knowing how to ask about suicide risk are two key messages that will change how many lives are saved and protected from the effects of violence. The C-SSRS is an effective and feasible tool that can be used by anyone across all sectors of society.  It is part of the toolkit for Zero Suicide recommended by the National Action Alliance.  3.5 CEUs available. Held at First Christian Church, Heritage Hall; 6900 Market Avenue North, North Canton, OH 44721.

R-June 20, 2019 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Populations Focus Learning Series: New Americans Culture and Community. We will be looking into the world of refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants as they become “New Americans.” They will be addressing their challenges, barriers, and the cultural shifts they face as they embark in this journey and how we can demonstrate better support for this growing demographic.  2.0 CEUs pending. Held at Malone University, Johnson Center; 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, Ohio 44702.


august 2019

W-R- August 28/29, 2019 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 available, $30.00 fee. Held at the StarkMHAR Office, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.


September 2019

R-September 19, 2019 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM:Populations Focus Learning Series: Mayan Culture and Community. The Mayan are the indigenous people of Central and South America. Many Latinx countries have a large population that identify as Mayan and not Latinx. Many of our Guatemalan immigrants identify as Mayan. We will be looking into a rich culture and language that is over shadowed by the Latinx community. What can we do to help a community that is still living in fear and wanting a better life in our county?  2.0 CEUs pending. Held at Malone University, Johnson Center; 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, Ohio 44702.


OCTOBER 2019


NOVEMBER 2019

R-November 21, 2019 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Populations Focus Learning Series: Asian Culture and Community. The Asian community is one of the largest populations in the world and come from several countries who have various cultures and languages. We will be looking more into these communities and their diversity to better understand and serve them. 2.0 CEUs pending. Held at Malone University, Johnson Center; 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, Ohio 44702.