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**Special Announcement**

The Training Institutes continues virtual workshops in July and August. In the first week of each month, four new FREE workshops will be available for you to access at your convenience ALL MONTH LONG. Learn on your schedule!

Training Institutes LIVE! workshops emphasize practical strategies that you can apply in your states, communities, tribes, and territories. Each workshop focuses on integrating services and improving outcomes for children, youth, young adults, and their families.


New workshops added the
first Thursday of every month!


July - August 2021



July 2021

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A Promising Path to Success for System of Care Transformation

Name and photo of Stacy Reh, Deja Amos, and Stephanie Suriani

Stacy Reh, Project Director, Department of Children and Families-Children's System of Care

Deja Amos, MSW, Operations Director, Tri County Care Management Organization

Stephanie Suriani, LCSW, Program Manager, Tri County Care Management Organization

New Jersey created a statewide children's system of care (CSCOC) that provides comprehensive behavioral health services to children and their families and includes care management organizations in each county, family support, mobile response, intensive in-community services, and out-of-home treatment, each playing an integral role in keeping youth at home, in school, and in the community whenever possible and to assist in preparing youth and families for out-of-home treatment if it becomes necessary. To continue the SOC transformation process, the Promising Path to Success (PPS) initiative was undertaken to broaden integration of trauma-informed approaches across the system through workforce training and development. This workshop will provide an overview of this initiative, including its goals, outcomes, and strategies, and will focus on how participants can apply similar strategies in their states and communities. Presenters will discuss how PPS combined the evidence-based approach of Six Core Strategies for Preventing Violence, Trauma and the Use of Seclusion and Restraint© with the Nurtured Heart Approach® to build the inner wealth of youth, families and staff while supporting system partners, including out of home providers, care management, family support and mobile response organizations, in creating healthier, trauma-informed and healing centered interactions, practice and environments. Presenters will demonstrate how this work can transform the culture not only of organizations, but the system as a whole.

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Strategies for Youth Suicide Prevention

Name and photo of Laurel Omland, Alison Krompf, and Barri Faucett

Laurel Omland, MS, Director Child, Adolescent & Family Division, Vermont Dept of Mental Health

Alison Krompf, MA, Director of Quality and Accountability, Vermont Dept of Mental Health

Barri Faucett, MA, Director, Prevent Suicide WV

This workshop will explore the national concern of youth suicide and steps that states are taking to address it. Current trends related to youth suicide will be discussed through both a national and state-level lens, including identifying potential sources of data that could help inform your understanding of the issue in your state. Presenters will provide a review of the national strategy for suicide prevention and a deeper exploration of what this looks like on the ground, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The strategies used in two states will be shared, including developing a state suicide prevention plan; identifying and using data to inform suicide prevention effort; identifying suicide prevention strategies that target stigma, awareness, screening, and effective response; adapting strategies within the COVID-19 pandemic; engaging partners to support the effort at different levels; funding strategies for these activities; and strategies for engaging youth and family voice in prevention activities. Examples of strategies to be discussed include Project AWARE; Youth Mental Health First Aid; Lifeline; Zero Suicide; screening for suicide and evidence-based approaches to responding to positive screens; gatekeeper training across settings; Getting to Y; translating approaches through telehealth; and developing partnerships across healthcare providers, schools, child welfare, mental health, and others.

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Supporting the Growth of the Parent Peer Support Workforce: Training and Implementation Standards

Name and photo of Millie Sweeney, Randi Bargo-Smith, Wren Hawkins, and Wanda Cummings

Millie Sweeney, MS, Deputy Director, FREDLA

Randi Bargo-Smith, M.Ed., Youth Systems of Care Director, Mental Health & Recovery Board of Union County

Wren Hawkins, Lead Family Coordinator, Mental Health & Recovery Board of Union County

Wanda Cummings, FPSS Training Coordinator, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, Youth & Family Training Institute

Parent peer support providers (PPSPs) comprise a growing workforce nationally, with more states offering certification or credentialing, Medicaid reimbursement, and implementation in diverse settings across child-serving systems. This workshop will provide both national and state perspectives on the growth and use of PPSPs across systems and on the critical importance of establishing standards for training and support for implementation to ensure a qualified workforce. The information and strategies to be highlighted are based on the experience and work of national and statewide family organizations. Presenters will address topics including establishing standards in training, developing methods for engaging organizations in training, and providing ongoing support and professional development for those that have been trained. The unique challenges faced by supervisors of PPSPs will be described along with strategies for addressing these challenges with targeted supervisory training and ongoing support in their role. Presenters will demonstrate how these strategies can inform the efforts of state and community agencies as they implement of parent peer support services.

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Creating the Context for Best Practices

Name and photo of Ruby Goyal-Carkeek, Kerry Deas, and Rachel McClements

Ruby Goyal-Carkeek, MBA, Vice President of Accreditation, Council on Accreditation

Kerry Deas, LMSW, Director of Training & QI Initiatives, Council on Accreditation

Rachel McClements, PsyD, Chief Operating Officer, Five Acres

Implementation of best practices requires more than simply learning a new model. Several organizational practices have been found to be instrumental in ensuring success. Creating the foundational conditions for organizations to be highly effective, stay on top of trends, and ensure the delivery of best practices requires an intentional focus on developing and implementing a quality improvement system that engages the entire organization. A lens on continuous quality improvement (CQI) assures accountability to system partners, including funders, regulators, and the families and individuals who are served. This workshop will provide strategies and tips for successfully implementing best practices and managing to quality.

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