Training Center


StarkMHAR has reduced the number of trainings for the next fiscal year.  Most trainings will be virtual until January 1, 2021.


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 Lisa Jordan at Lisa.Jordan@StarkMHAR.org with questions.

September 2020

F-September 4, 2020 from 9:00 AM-12:15 PM: Psychoactive Drugs of Abuse and Differential Diagnostic Considerations in Adolescents. This 3-hour training is presented from the specialized perspective of providing clinical services to youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. This training presents and describes, briefly, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic aspects of the nine specific classes of drugs identified in the DSM-5 and also presents several examples of psychoactive substances that may be more common to youth experimentation included in the tenth class of ‘other’.  Potential cognitive and behavioral impacts of use of each substance is discussed from an adolescent-developmental perspective.  These latter considerations, then, are platformed to frame initial considerations about symptom crossover in differential diagnostic understanding. 3.0 CEUs pending. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link the week before.

T-W-September 15-16, 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 via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.

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. No CEU’s will be given. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link the week before.


October 2020

M-October 5, 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. 7.00 CEUs available. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.*You must attend this training to attend the Cultural Competency Training Advance on Monday, October 12, 2020.

M-October12, 2020 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM: Equity and Inclusion: Cultural Competence and Humility in Health and Human Services Advanced. The Cultural Competency Training (CCT) Advanced module will increase the awareness, knowledge and skills required to function effectively with cultural differences that may be present in the area of medical services, service organizations and agencies, medical interpretation and community partnership. The CCT Advanced curriculum includes, but is not limited to: building a culturally competent system of care and community partnership. 6.25 CEUs available. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.*You must have attended the Cultural Competency Training Overview on Monday, October 5, 2020 to attend this training.

F- October 16, 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. **It is not required to attend the previous training to advance to the next session, but highly suggested as the trainer will refer to materials from previous sessions. 6.0 CEUs available. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.

T-W-October 20-21, 2020 from 8:30 AM-12:30 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 via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.

W- October 28, 2020 from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Series.  Day 2: Advanced DBT – Group Skills This one-day workshop is recommended for those who have preferably 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.**It is not required to attend the previous training to advance to the next session, but highly suggested as the trainer will refer to materials from previous sessions. 6.0 CEUs available. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.


November 2020

F- November 6, 2020 from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Series.  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. **It is not required to attend the previous training to advance to the next session, but highly suggested as the trainer will refer to materials from previous sessions. 6.0 CEUs available.. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.

M- November 16, 2020 from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Series.  Day 4: Advanced DBT – Individual Treatment This one-day workshop is designed for individuals who have attended Part 3: An Introduction to Individual Dialectical Behavior Therapy or for those who would like to further advance their knowledge of individual DBT treatment.  The goal of this workshop will be to extend beyond basic DBT individual strategies and techniques and move toward more advanced use of DBT individual treatment strategies and conceptualization.  Through various role plays, clinical case examples, video-taped client-therapist interactions, and experiential exercises, participants will learn how to incorporate several DBT strategies into their practice,  including dialectical strategies and commitment strategies. **It is not required to attend the previous training to advance to the next session, but highly suggested as the trainer will refer to materials from previous sessions. 6.0 CEUs available.. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.

M-F- November 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 Massillon Recreation Center, 505 Erie Street North, Massillon, OH 44646. Registration will open soon.

T-W-November 17-18, 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 via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.


December 2020

F- December 4, 2020 from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM: Dialectical Behavioral (DBT) Series.  Day 5: Advanced DBT – Telephone Coaching and Team Consultation The first half of this training will include a didactic presentation on the use of telephone consultation using the DBT approach.  Participants will become familiar with coaching clients on how to assist them in asking for help skillfully without reinforcing suicidal behavior and/or non-suicidal self-injurious behavior.  Additionally, this training will teach clinicians how to manage ‘therapy interfering calls” as well as applying the “how skills” to DBT phone coaching.  The second part of this training will emphasize how the DBT treatment team differs from traditional treatment teams.  Focus will be placed on applying DBT strategies to the treatment team, including how to use validation and behavior chain analyses in treatment teams.  The “how skills” of DBT treatment teams will be discussed.  Specifically, the roles of the team leader, the timekeeper, “the watch dog”, and the note keeper will be highlighted. **It is not required to attend the previous training to advance to the next session, but highly suggested as the trainer will refer to materials from previous sessions. 6.0 CEUs available.. Held via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.


January 2021


February 2021

T-W-February 9-10, 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 via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.


March 2021

T-W-March 16-17, 2020 from 8:30 AM-12:30 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 via Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom information a week before the training.


April 2021