Training Center

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

  • Facial covering/mask required.
  • 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.

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 Bev.James@StarkMHAR.org.

jANUARY 2022

M-F January 10 – 14, 2022, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Family Peer Support Training
*Stark County residents and/or employees will have priority for registration.
Family Peer Support (FPS) is a peer-to-peer approach to supporting families caring for children, youth, and young adults with behavioral, mental, emotional, or co-occurring challenges.  FPS is provided by a parent or caregiver with lived experience who is trained to assist other families by providing support, identifying resources, and facilitating access to services for the child and family.
Parent-to-parent peer support builds effective engagement and can facilitate more positive outcomes for a family. This one-to-one, face-to-face intensive work is provided by trained  caregivers with lived experience and is usually offered in the family’s home and community based upon the family’s schedule and preference. Sessions and length of service varies based upon the needs of the family, programmatic guidelines and funding requirements. Family Peer Support Providers can be employed in positions across the spectrum of service intensity levels, from trainers and community education, to individual parent support and care coordination, to a functioning member of a treatment team in a residential or inpatient setting. Regardless of their position or service program, it is important that FPSs receive training on the core competencies and skill sets of parent peer support. The FREDLA FPS Practice Model offers this essential training, as well as training in effective supervision of the FPS workforce and coaching for trainers of the Practice Model.
Location:  StarkMHAR Training Room
Education Credits:  Not applicable
Registration Closes:  January 3, 2022

M-F January 24 – February 4, 2022, from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Peer Recovery Supporter (PRS) Training

*Stark County residents and/or employees will have priority for registration.
This training is for any person in recovery wishing to become a certified Peer Supporter.  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.
Location:  Virtual
Education Credits:  Not applicable
Registration Closes:  January 17, 2022

february 2022

T February 1 – May 10, 2022, times vary
Prevention Foundations 14-Part Series – Day 1 of 14 – Introduction to Prevention

*Only one registration needs to be completed to attend the series
This training is for those interested in obtaining an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialists Assistant (OCPSA) credential.  The fourteen (14) part series provides the underpinning for professionals and advocates who need a core understanding of prevention science and practice. The series will include training in the eight domains required for Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC), Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (OCPS) credentials and will fully meet the education requirements for the Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant (OCPSA) credential. The series includes a day on the Code of Ethics for professionals holding or seeking the OCPS credential as well.
Introduction to Prevention is designed to provide a foundational overview of the field of prevention and serve as a benchmark for emerging professionals.  Introduction to Prevention provides attendees with a general scope of the field including history and theory and lays the groundwork for utilizing solid evidence-based and best-practice prevention science which is steeped in research and proven effective.  Participants will leave the training with knowledge on the importance of prevention, how to engage in the profession and help impact individuals, families, and communities.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  48.0 CEUs available upon completion of series
Registration for the series closes:  January 25, 2022 

Th-F, February 3-4, 2022, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Suicide Prevention
This two-day experiential workshop will provide an overview of Evidence-Based cognitive behavioral strategies that can be utilized for the treatment of patients with suicide-related ideation and/or behaviors. Participants will learn about basic cognitive behavioral strategies for structuring sessions – including setting a collaborative agenda, assigning action plan(s), and eliciting feedback. Participants will become familiar with Dr. Aaron Beck’s cognitive model for suicide as a framework for conceptualizing and treating their patients. The components of an efficacious, outpatient Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention (CT-SP) protocol will be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on specific techniques of intervention (e.g., assisting patients with the suicide narrative, building skills such as modifying unhelpful thoughts, problem solving, instilling hope, planning for safety, and preventing relapse) in order to assist providers in maximizing the safety of individuals at risk for suicide. Information about helpful online tools and resources will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice strategies in the group setting. Questions about expected treatment challenges will be addressed. Providers will learn about and discuss the importance of self-care strategies, particularly as they provide services to this highly vulnerable and challenging patient population.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  12 CEUs available upon completion of both days – PENDING
Registration Closes:  January 31, 2022

W-F February 9 – 11, 2022, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Family Peer Support Supervisor Training
*Stark County residents and/or employees will have priority for registration.
Supervision is a key component in the success of  Family Peer Support.  Effective supervision employs an approach that promotes the unique lived experience of the Family Peer Support Provider and encourages ongoing professional growth. This curriculum is part of the larger Family Peer Support Practice Model and addresses supervisory skills that will enhance your ability to fully support the work of the FPS. Training will include strategies, best practices and tools for your use in supervision, and you will have opportunities to problem solve around shared challenges and network with supervisors from other programs.
Location:  StarkMHAR Training Room
Education Credits:  Not applicable
Registration Closes:  February 2, 2022

T February 8, 2022, from 9:00am – 12:00pm / 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Prevention Foundations Series – Day 2 of 14 – Ethics for the Prevention Professional
Ethics for the Prevention Professional is designed to provide you the tools to make ethical decision in  your everyday work.  This course will provide a substantive understanding of ethical practice and offer attendees information about the six principles in the prevention code of ethics.  Participants will gain knowledge of ethical boundaries and practical expectations through realistic illustrations and activities.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  48.0 CEUs available upon completion of series
Registration for the series closes:  January 25, 2022

T February 15, 2022, from 9:00am – 12:15pm
Prevention Foundations Series – Day 3 of 14 – Understanding Youth-Led Prevention for Adults
Understanding Youth-Led Prevention for Adults is designed to provide a foundational overview of youth-led prevention and serve as a basis for prevention professionals.  This course will provide attendees with a gender understanding of youth-led history and theory and lays the groundwork for using solid best-practice prevention science which is steeped in research and proven effective.  Participants will leave the training with knowledge on the impact of youth-led prevention, how to engage in the profession and help engage and empower youth-led leaders.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  48.0 CEUs available upon completion of series
Registration for the series closes:  January 25, 2022 

T February 22, 2022, from 9:00am – 12:15pm
Prevention Foundations Series – Day 4 of 14 – Coalition Foundations
Coalition Foundations examines the essential functions and tasks of a coalition.  At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to discuss coalition best-practices, member development and structure, and engaging stakeholders.  Coalition Foundations is designed for coalition members and other professionals who are new to coalition work and for those experienced members looking for additional resources, skills, knowledge, and techniques.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  48.0 CEUs available upon completion of series
Registration for the series closes:  January 25, 2022 

march 2022

T March 1, 2022, from 9:00am – 12:30pm
Prevention Foundations Series – Day 5 of 14 – Scare Tactics and the Importance of Positive Prevention + Basics of Advocacy
Scare Tactics and the Importance of Positive Prevention Practices is designed to explain the impact of scare tactics on youth and how the delivery of positive prevention practices in schools and communities is more effective.  Participants will discuss the history of scare tactics, gain knowledge of evidence-based prevention, and review the efficacy of the impact on youth.
Basics of Advocacy examines the difference between advocacy and lobbying.  This course will build understanding of the process of advocating for prevention programming and services and provide easy and practical tools to help you engage with local, state, and national elected and appointed officials.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  48.0 CEUs available upon completion of series
Registration for the series closes:  January 25, 2022 

T March 8, 2022, from 9:00am – 12:15pm
Prevention Foundations Series – Day 6 of 14 – Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana:  Current Drug Trends Impacting Communities Today
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana:  Current Drug Trends Impacting Today’s Communities focuses on current trends in substance use behaviors.  Using data and analytics, participants will gain knowledge of the “big three” substances as well as receive information on trends that are taking shape in their backyards, neighborhoods, and communities across Ohio.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  48.0 CEUs available upon completion of series
Registration for the series closes:  January 25, 2022 

W March 9, 2022, from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Reimagining 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. 
Reimagining 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:  March 7, 2022

W March 9, 2022, from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Reimagining 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. 
Reimagining 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:  March 7, 2022

T March 15, 2022, from 9:00am – 12:15pm
Prevention Foundations Series – Day 7 of 14 – Cultural Competency in the Workplace 
Cultural Competency in the Workplace examines the importance of cultural diversity, competence and humility in a work setting.  Participants will learn how to respond impactfully and respectfully to people of different cultures, races, orientations, and classes.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  48.0 CEUs available upon completion of series
Registration for the series closes:  January 25, 2022 

T March 29, 2022, from 9:00am – 12:00pm / 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Prevention Foundations Series – Day 8 of 14 – ACES:  A Best Practice Approach to Addressing Trauma, Tragedy, & Crisis
A Best Practice Approach to Addressing Trauma, Tragedy, & Crisis examines the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study and the impact that trauma has on physical and mental health and wellbeing.  This course assesses the impact substance use, mental health disorders, and other traumatic events have on people of all ages and how to support those living through tragedy and crisis.  Participants will gain knowledge about trauma informed practices and practice techniques used to address in.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  48.0 CEUs available upon completion of series
Registration for the series closes:  January 25, 2022 

april 2022

T April 5, 2022, from 9:00am – 12:15pm
Prevention Foundations Series – Day 9 of 14 – Basics of Certification:  A How-To-Guide to Obtaining Your Prevention Credential
A How-To-Guide to Obtaining Your Prevention Credential is designed to provide a simple approach to understanding and obtaining the prevention credential.  Participants will grow their knowledge of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board process to becoming a certified prevention specialist.  You will learn about the different levels of certification and path to obtaining the correct credential for the work you do.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  48.0 CEUs available upon completion of series
Registration for the series closes:  January 25, 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 an Interpreter.
Location:  First Christian Church – Heritage Hall
Education Credits:  7.25 CEUs
Registration Closes:  March 31, 2022

T April 12, 2022, from 9:00am – 12:15pm
Prevention Foundations Series – Day 10 of 14 – Teens:  Gambling, Gaming, and Risk-Taking
Teens:  Gambling, Gaming, and Risk-Taking is designed to explain the prevalence of risky decision-making built into video games.  Participants will learn about the risk factors associated with youth gambling behavior and be able to identify warning signs and symptoms of problematic gambling.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  48.0 CEUs available upon completion of series
Registration for the series closes:  January 25, 2022 

W April 13, 2022, from 1:30pm – 4:30pm
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: April 12, 2022

Th April 14, 2022, from 1:30pm – 4:30pm
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: April 13, 2022

M-F April 18 – April 29, 2022, from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Peer Recovery Supporter (PRS) Training

*Stark County residents and/or employees will have priority for registration.
This training is for any person in recovery wishing to become a certified Peer Supporter.  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.
Location:  Virtual
Education Credits:  Not applicable
Registration Closes:  April 11, 2022

T April 19, 2022, from 9:00am – 12:15pm
Prevention Foundations Series – Day 11 of 14 – Strategic Planning 101
Strategic Planning 101 is designed to help individuals learn how to plan strategically by defining a strategy or direction for their coalition, organization, or agency and making decisions on how to pursue such a strategy.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  48.0 CEUs available upon completion of series
Registration for the series closes:  January 25, 2022 

T April 26, 2022, from 9:00am – 12:15pm
Prevention Foundations Series – Day 12 of 14 – Marijuana:  The Law and Lessons Learned About Legalization
Marijuana:  The Law and Lessons Learned About Legalization focuses on Ohio’s legalization process and the impact it has on businesses, agencies, communities, and families.  The Ohio Medical Marijuana Program became fully operational on September 28, 2018.  Twenty-four cultivation sites are growing a steady supply of marijuana and sixty regionally dispersed dispensaries supply marijuana to adults and children for pre-determined medical conditions.  As marijuana is now legal and readily available, perceptions of harm decrease and use across the lifespan, including youth, increases.  With so much distorted information about this drug in the popular cultural, it is important to educate, advocate and empower communities in the climate of legalized marijuana.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  48.0 CEUs available upon completion of series
Registration for the series closes:  January 25, 2022 

Th April 28, 2022, from 9:00am – 4:30pm
MI (Motivational Interviewing) I
2-Part Training – MI I and MI II

Must attend both days (April 28, 2022 and May 12, 2022)
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.
Location:  First Christian Church – Heritage Hall
Education Credits:  6.0 CEUs available per session; 12.0 total
Registration closes:  April 22, 2022

may 2022

T May 3, 2022, from 9:00am – 12:15pm
Prevention Foundations Series – Day 13 of 14 – Cryptocurrency:  What You Need to Know and Why
Cryptocurrency:  What You Need to Know and Why focuses on the newest concern in problem gambling prevention.  This workshop provides a simple approach to understanding this new form of currency, the global impact it is having, and what to look for as far as disordered behavior around the purchase of and or trading of cryptocurrency.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  48.0 CEUs available upon completion of series
Registration for the series closes:  January 25, 2022

T May 10, 2022, from 9:00am – 12:15pm
Prevention Foundations Series – Day 14 of 14 – Media Literacy 101
Media Literacy 101 examines how media messaging can influence behavior.  This workshop provides an introductory understanding of the impacts of traditional and social media and how prevention science theory and practice can support healthy individuals, families, and communities.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Education Credits:  48.0 CEUs available upon completion of series
Registration for the series closes:  January 25, 2022

Th May 12, 2022, from 9:00am – 4:30pm
MI (Motivational Interviewing) II
2-Part Training – MI I and MI II
Must attend both days (April 28, 2022 and May 12, 2022)
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.
Location:  First Christian Church – Heritage Hall
Education Credits:  6.0 CEUs available per session; 12.0 total
Registration closes:  April 22, 2022

W May 18, 2022, from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Risk Assessment for Violence
This training is for behavioral health providers, law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, and health care workers.
* Those who work in Stark County will have priority for registration.  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 Bev.James@StarkMHAR.org.