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.

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


march 2020

T-March 3, 2020 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Motivational Interviewing II. Must register and attend Motivational Interviewing I on February 18. Motivational Interviewing: Part 2 reviews the basic concepts learned in Foundations of Motivational Interviewing: Part 1 and discusses with participants their experiences integrating the model into their work. They will be introduced to the Focusing, Evoking and Planning processes. Participants will learn specific techniques to recognize, evoke 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. 6.0 CEUs available per session; 12.0 total. Held at the StarkMHAR Office, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

W-March 4, 2020 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Lunch & Learn: Pharmacology: Understanding Basics of Medications. Understanding the basics of medications; role medications have on behavioral health; common medications clients may be prescribed; and possible common side effects. CEUs not available. Held at the StarkMHAR Office, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

F-March 6, 2020 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Populations Focus Learning Series: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Culture and Community. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community is diverse.  There are variations in how a person becomes deaf or hard of hearing, level of hearing, age of onset, educational background, communication methods, and cultural identity.  How people “label” or identify themselves is personal and may reflect identification with the deaf and hard of hearing community, the degree to which they can hear, or the relative age of onset. For example, some people identify themselves as “late-deafened,” indicating that they became deaf later in life. *www.nad.org. 2.0 CEUs pending. Held at the Malone University, Johnson Center; 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, OH 44709.

M-F- March 9-13, 2020 from 8:30 AM-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. CEUs not applicable. Held at StarkMHAR, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, Ohio 44702.

M-March 16, 2020 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Motivating Behavior Change: It Begins with Us. Assisting individuals to consider and embark upon behavioral changes that promote recovery is an important foundational skill for all providers. The purpose of the training is to promote in providers a heightened sense of self-awareness regarding their impact and influence on the change process of the people they serve. Participants will be asked to focus less on their clients’ change process and focus more on how their own beliefs, perceptions, behaviors and chosen forms of communication that influence their work. 5.5 CEUs pending. Held at the StarkMHAR Office, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

M-F- March 16-20, 2020 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM: Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training. 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 Perry Township Police Department; 622 Genoa Road SW, Massillon, OH 44646.

R-March 19, 2020 from 8:00 AM-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 and 3-year certification. Held at the StarkMHAR Office, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

T-March 24, 2020 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Motivational Interviewing (MI): Supervision Tools. 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, feedback, and planning. Participants must have prior training and experience in MI. Participants will review MI resources for applicability in their supervision to help staff develop MI competencies. Participants will be introduced to the Behaviour Change Counseling Index (BECCI) as a resource for observing and giving feedback to staff regarding their behavior change interactions with individual’s they serve. This event features large and small group discussions and practical exercises which facilitate familiarity with available resources.  6.0 CEUs available. Held at the StarkMHAR Office, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

R-March 26, 2020 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. 7.25 CEUs available. Held at the StarkMHAR Office, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

T/W-March 31 and April 1, 2020 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 and 3-year certification. Held at the StarkMHAR Office, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.


april 2020


may 2020

M-F- May 18-22, 2020 from 8:30 AM-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. CEUs not applicable. Held at StarkMHAR, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, Ohio 44702.

R- May 28, 2020 from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Series.  Day 1: An Introduction to DBT Group Skills This full-day, highly interactive and experiential workshop is designed to introduce DBT skills or for those who have familiarity with DBT skills but are interested in learning new creative, experiential methods to teach DBT skills. Through the use of multi-media, experiential exercises, role plays and video, the four skills modules in DBT group skills training (e.g., mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness) will be taught. Participants will also learn how to structure a DBT group and orient clients to treatment.  **You must attend the previous training to advance to the next session. Day 2: Advanced DBT Group Skills held on May 29, 2020 and Day 3:An Introduction to DBT Individual Treatment held on June 9, 2020. 6.0 CEUs available upon completion of each day. Held at StarkMHAR, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, Ohio 44702.

F- May 29, 2020 from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM: Day 2: Advanced DBT Group Skills – This one-day workshop is recommended for those who have attended Part 1: An Introduction to DBT Group Skills Training or for those who are interested in advancing their knowledge of the DBT skills presented in the new updated DBT skills manual. The four modules of DBT group skills training taught in Part 1 will be expanded upon. The new DBT skills from the second edition manual, such as the Addiction Skills, TIPS, Cope Ahead, Check the Facts, Problem Solving, and STOP will be introduced. Participants will also learn how to label group interfering behaviors in clients and treat these behaviors using DBT skills. **You must attend the previous training to advance to the next session. Day 1: An Introduction to DBT Group Skills held on May 28, 2020 and Day 3:An Introduction to DBT Individual Treatment held on June 9, 2020. 6.0 CEUs available upon completion of each day. Held at StarkMHAR, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, Ohio 44702.


june 2020

R-June 25, 2020 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Populations Focus Learning Series: Veterans Culture and Community. The military culture is one of unique practices, traditions, and beliefs that represent a shared unifying language with a distinct set of guiding principles. As veterans reintegrate into civilian life, the values and aspects of identity they acquired while serving will continue to be important as they move forward. We will learn how to ensure effective, understandable and respectful care for veterans as we increase our knowledge and understand of the community’s needs. 2.0 CEUs pending. Held at the Malone University, Johnson Center; 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, OH 44709.

T- June 30, 2020 from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM: Day 3: An Introduction to DBT Individual Treatment – This one day workshop is designed to be an introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and its application to treating individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Participants will become familiar with the theoretical foundations that underlie DBT treatment. In addition, the stages of DBT treatment and the hierarchy of treatment targets designed to structure therapy with clients will be discussed. Several DBT individual treatment strategies will be taught and practiced, including diary cards, validation, behavior chain analysis, and solution analysis. Through the use of clinical case examples, video-taped client-therapist interactions, and experiential exercises participants will become familiar with the techniques and strategies used in DBT individual therapy. **You must attend the previous training to advance to the next session. Day 1: An Introduction to DBT Group Skills held on May 28, 2020 and Day 2: Advanced DBT Group Skills held on May 29, 2020. 6.0 CEUs available upon completion of each day. Held at StarkMHAR, Inclusion Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, Ohio 44702.


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August 2020


September 2020

R-September 17, 2020 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Populations Focus Learning Series: Unconscious Bias Culture and Community. Throughout our journey of the Population Focus Learning Series, we have talked about topics on several different cultural communities. We will continue this journey by exploring unconscious bias. Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorization. Many of the cultural communities with which we’ve met through this series encounter unconscious bias in their daily lives. We will learn about the different variations of unconscious bias, how to raise our awareness of them, and most importantly how we can address them. 2.0 CEUs pending. Held at the Malone University, Johnson Center; 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, OH 44709.