Housing Supports Training/Learning Series

The purpose of the Housing Supports Learning Series is to provide any individual / organization that provides housing and housing supports to individuals with lived experience opportunities to further develop their knowledge, skills and ability to deliver high quality housing and housing services to support one's recovery.

Target Audience:

  SUD/Recovery Housing

  Peers

  All Housing/Homeless Providers

  Residential Facility Class 2 (formerly Adult Care Facility)

Note: The following trainings meet the 6 hours Licensure and Certification requirement for Residential Facility Class 2 and Class 3 providers relevant to working with persons with a behavioral health disorder.

  • Personal Safety and Effective Communication with Angry Residents, Mental Illness 101, Crisis Intervention and De-Escalation.
It has recently come to our attention that various entities are offering New Provider Trainings for Residential Facility Class 2 Operators, Owners and staff that are being marketed as endorsed by OhioMHAS. In some cases, these trainings are very costly. Please be advised that OhioMHAS does not endorse trainings that are not hosted by our agency or by your local ADAMHS or MHRB Boards. There are no trainings outside of the First Aid and CPR trainings that you are required to pay for to obtain your Residential Facility Class 2&3 license. If you have any questions about a training that you are taking or paying for outside of OhioMHAS or your ADAMHS or MHRB Board, please contact Sue Tafrate at 614.466.9955 or susan.tafrate@mha.ohio.gov

Face-to-Face/In-Person Trainings

Conscious Listening
      

This training is targeted for Residential Class 2, Recovery Housing and Permanent Supported Housing Operators, Managers and Staff.

This workshop is a follow up to the popular Personal Safety and Effective Communication training. It is a 3-hour course designed for the participant to gain a further understanding of what another person is thinking or feeling through Conscious Listening.

Conscious Listening is intentional listening. It involves hearing the words and use of voice and seeing the body language of someone as a method of understanding what they truly mean when they express themselves. It considers listening for what people aren't directly saying, what they might be reluctant to say, or don't realize they are saying.

Conscious Listening also involves asking insightful questions designed to induce the person speaking to share more and to think more deeply about what they are saying. In addition, residents and clients will feel like they are really being heard, which can increase rapport.

The goal of this workshop is to provide Conscious Listening tools for operators, managers, staff and case managers to better understand what's really going on for their residents and clients and to obtain that understanding more quickly.

The objectives for this training include:

  • Understand the value and use of Conscious Listening
  • Develop skills in Conscious Listening
  • Develop skills in asking Conscious Listening questions

Workshop Value:

  • What Makes a Good Listener?
  • The Art of Conscious Listening: Why Conscious Listening?
  • The Thing is Not the Thing: Three Stories in One
  • Conscious Listening Tools
  • Conscious Listening Practice and Application

Registration is required for this face-to-face/in-person training in order to attend.  Please choose only one date to register for this training. If you sign up and find out later that you cannot attend, please cancel your registration as we are limiting the training to 30 attendees per training. If you do not cancel ahead of time and do not show up for the training, your name will be canceled out if you try and sign up for a new date. At that point your name will be added to a waitlist. You will be notified 2 days before if there is room available.

Please choose ONE date to register to obtain your 3 hours of mental health training towards Residential Facility Licensure and Certification Training Requirement 5122-30-20(H).


Personal Safety and Effective Communication with Angry Residents
      

This training is targeted for Residential Class 2, Recovery Housing and Permanent Supported Housing Operators, Managers and Staff.

This Personal Safety and Effective Communication training will help operators, managers and staff be better prepared to deal with personal safety issues, increase staff confidence as the result of having more choices in dealing with safety issues at work and increase moral all leading to a reduced number of incidents and increase in staff performance.

The objectives for this training include:

  • Increase staff skills in recognizing potentially threatening or dangerous situations.
  • Increase staff skills in maintaining productive and safe interactions with residents and others they may have contact with.
  • Provide staff with more choices in dealing with challenging situations.

The objectives will be met with the following areas of learning:

  1. The Personal Safety Template: Awareness, Assessment, Anticipation, Action.
  2. Approaches to Dealing with Anger: What angry people want and need.
  3. Effective Communication: It's not what you say- it's what they think you mean when you say it.
  4. Behavioral Risk Assessment: The earlier we see it, the more options we have.
  5. Verbal De-escalation Strategies: Getting to safe and productive.
  6. Transforming the Language: What we say to others; what we say to ourselves.
  7. Principles of Defusing: Ten to-do's and to-dont's.
  8. Congruent Communication: Transforming others by changing ourselves.

Registration is required for this face-to-face/in-person training in order to attend.  Please choose only one date to register for this training. If you sign up and find out later that you cannot attend, please cancel your registration as we are limiting the training to 30 attendees per training. If you do not cancel ahead of time and do not show up for the training, your name will be canceled out if you try and sign up for a new date. At that point your name will be added to a waitlist. You will be notified 2 days before if there is room available.


Mental Health 101
      

Residential Facility Class 2 (Adult Care Facility) Operators and staff will receive 6 hours of mental health training that can apply toward the training requirement from Licensure and Certification.

The family dynamic created in group living is greatly impacted when family members have a serious mental illness. Operators and staff of residential facilities (ACF's) are the family of those living in their homes, many who are struggling with serious mental illness. Understanding the impact of these illnesses in terms of the physical, emotional and symptomatic behaviors can reduce tension in the family dynamic. This training will provide those attending with a recognition of the impact of the illness, the inability to control some behaviors and techniques to most effectively dealing with the dynamics of mental illness in their home. This training will provide information to help recognize behaviors as symptoms and to respond appropriately, will improve communications with clients by utilizing techniques offered in the training, and will create a more stable home environment as a result of increased understanding and symptom management. This is a great training for those providers and staff new to mental health or who are looking to review what they have already learned.

Please choose ONE date to register to obtain your 6 hours of mental health training for Residential Facility Class 2 (ACF) licensure and certification.


Crisis Intervention and De-Escalation
      

Residential Facility Class 2 (Adult Care Facility) Operators and staff will receive 6 hours of mental health training that can apply towards the training requirement from Licensure and Certification.

Residential Facility Class 2 (Adult Care Facilities) staff members and other housing providers who treat individuals suffering from mental illness in out of home facilities require skills that bring calm while managing mental health crises and aggressive behaviors while maintaining a safe treatment environment. This requires knowledge of best practices in crisis management with knowledge of legal and state mandated resources . 

This training focuses on creating a safe environment and providing for an understanding of risk behaviors, behavioral escalation, and trauma and violence prevention. A “core strategy” approach which centers on proactive de-escalation, data driven, and client centered interventions, debriefing and crisis/safety planning.

GOALS:

  • Understand the core strategies of creating a “violence free/coercion free” environment
  • Understand the emotional and mental illness factors that can lend themselves to a crisis
  • Understand proactive interventions to a crisis
  • Understand de-escalation and debriefing and the creation of crisis plans
  • Understand the impact of suicide behavior and the factors that contribute to it
  • Increase awareness of Ohio MH law and knowledge of resources

OBJECTIVES:

  • Discuss what mental health crisis entails
  • Discuss/review trauma and mental illness symptoms which may lead to a crisis
  • Discuss antecedent interventions, behavioral interventions, problem solving skills and recovery interventions
  • Discuss aspects of suicide prevention and safety planning
  • Discuss empowerment and engagement principles

Please choose ONE date to register to obtain your 6 hours of mental health training for Residential Facility Class 2 (ACF) licensure and certification.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 6 hours of Continuing Education Units for Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Ohio RN and LPN's.  6 hours of Mental Health training for Licensure and Certification for Residential Facility Class 2 Providers and staff.

OhioMHAS Continuing Education Committee is an approved provider of Continuing Education for RNs and LPNs for the Ohio Board of Nursing and has awarded 6.0 CE contact hours per OBN003 92-2709CO.

OhioMHAS has been approved as a provider of Continuing Professional Education credit by the Ohio Counselor, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapist Board.  6.0 CPEs have been awarded to Social Workers per RSX088902-2987CO and to Counselors per RCX068915-2954CO.

Certificates will ONLY be given to attendees who attend the WHOLE training (6 hours of mental health training for licensure and certification; 6 hours CEU for SW, Counselors, RN and LPN).   No adjusted/partial continuing education credit hours will be given for this training.

Please note that if you are seeking CEU credits, this training is prioritized for housing providers and  their staff. Content will be geared towards these housing providers.

Residential Facility Class 2 New Provider Training
 

The primary purpose of this training is to introduce you to the "Starting Your Residential Facility Class 2 Toolkit" and to aid you in getting started in the licensure process to become a good Residential Facility Class 2 (ACF). This training should provide you the necessary skills to help you on the path of becoming a licensed home.

Owning and operating a Residential Facility Class 2 takes time, lots of preparation, and a commitment to serving the unique needs of your residents. This training will help prepare you for what lies ahead.

Getting licensed to operate a Residential Facility Class 2 means that you want to be a business owner. You will learn what is involved in starting, owning and operating this type of business.

This training will go over the basic information and best practices about operating a Residential Facilities Class 2: Business Plan Development; Getting Your Home Licensed; Business Startup; How to Organize Your Business; Staffing Your Business; Paying Your Staff; Business Finances; Marketing; Forms; and, Getting Residents.

Please note this is not a required class but you will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Peers and SUD/Recovery Housing
   

OhioMHAS is sponsoring FREE trainings for Recovery Housing Professionals late this summer/early fall.

DESCRIPTION:

Medically-Assisted Treatment (MAT) has been a controversial topic in the recovery housing profession. There are legitimate concerns; however, it is a reality that, by law, recovery housing owners, operators, and volunteers, must deal with it. By the end of this training, some may even come to embrace it as a useful tool for achieving the goal of helping people achieve long-term recovery. This all-day workshop is designed specifically for recovery housing owner/operators, staff members, and volunteers! Participants will learn about the myths and realities of medically-assisted treatment (MAT) and how MAT can be converted into medically-assisted recovery (MAR) within their recovery houses. Included in the day will be a workshop to examine policies and procedures that might alleviate any fears staff may have about MAT/MAR while protecting their recovery house(s) from potential legal challenges. Participants will gain a great deal of knowledge about substance-use disorders’ effects on the human brain, how medicines can help, and how incorporating “best practices” can be adopted and adapted to their particular circumstances.

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this eight-hour training session, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Define MAT and MAR. 
  • Explain some of the underlying brain disorders and experiences that cause substance-use disorders.
  • Describe in general terms the ways the brain processes drugs and alcohol. 
  • Explain why some people benefit significantly from MAT.
  • Recognize the common medicines used for the treatment of substance-use disorders and explain how the medicines work.
  • Counter the myths associated with MAT.
  • Explain the legal issues related to non-compliance with Fair Housing and ADA laws.
  • Incorporate best practices for dealing with MAT/MAR in a recovery house.
  • Recognize effective policies and procedures for dealing with MAT/MAR in recovery houses.

Lunch and break refreshments are provided. Participants will receive a free course handbook filled with useful information and will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training day.

Opportunities after the training:

All participants will have the opportunity to participate in up to three technical assistance call ins with the trainer to trouble-shoot MAT policy and procedure development
Sign up for FREE personal medication lock boxes for recovery house residents’ rooms (Limit 5 per agency)

For more information, you may also check out the training website here.

Ohio Recovery Housing Trainings
   

Ohio Recovery Housing hosts and coordinates trainings and technical assistance opportunities for recovery housing operators and other interested individuals. Please refer to their website for the most up-to-date opportunities: https://www.ohiorecoveryhousing.org/training.

Personal Care and Assistance with Self Administration of Medication
  

The Ohio Adult Care Facilities Association is excited to announce that we will be offering four more opportunities for home operators and staff to attend the Personal Care Services and Assistance with Self-Administration of Medication training! These trainings will be presented by Dr. Wendy Umberger.

Dr. Umberger has been on the faculty of Kent State University College of Nursing since 2002 and is currently the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. She is certified as a psychiatric mental health advanced practice nurse since 1987 and has over 30 years of advanced practice nursing experience in the community. Dr. Umberger’s clinical expertise is with patients and families experiencing mental illness who also have co-morbid chronic diseases such as chronic pain and those who are diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.

You can register for the trainings by clicking the link below the training you would like to attend. There is a max of 50 attendees per training.


Online Trainings

These online trainings are provided by eBased Academy and supported by OhioMHAS

Cultural Competence in Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
  

Adult Care Facility Operators will receive 1.5 hours of mental health training that can apply toward the training requirement from Licensure and Certification.


Course Description

According to SAMHSA, to produce positive change, peer supporters and other members of the behavioral health workforce must understand the cultural context of their target community. They must also have the willingness and skills to work within this context. This means drawing on community-based values and customs and working with knowledgeable people from the community in all clinical and non-clinical efforts. Cultural competence is the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures. In practice, both individuals and organizations can be culturally competent. Culturally responsive skills can improve client engagement in services, therapeutic relation-ships between clients and providers, and treatment retention and outcomes. Cultural competence is an essential ingredient in decreasing disparities in behavioral health. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define the terms cultural competence and micro-aggressions. 
  2. Participants will be able to identify the three principles of cultural humility.
  3. Participants will be able to describe and use a culturally and linguistically informed approach with the individuals they serve.
  • RN/LPN Contact CE: 1.5
  • Counselor CPEs: 1.5
  • Social Work CPEs: 1.5
  • Psychologists MCEs: 1.5
  • Number of RCHs: 1.5

Counselor Education Content Area: C2 – Counseling Procedures & Strategies with Addicted Populations

Prevention Education Content Areas: P5 – Education & Skill Development for Prevention Professionals

Note: This course does not meet the requirement for ethics and cultural competency for social workers or professional counselors.

Ethics and Boundaries for Peer Recovery Supporters
  

Program Description

Ethics are a critical component to any profession, but are especially important to professions rooted in health and human services. Peer support programs pose several key ethical challenges. Although peer support specialists typically receive extensive agency-based training about their unique roles, most haven't received formal social work education or comprehensive ethics education. These specialists often provide various forms of social service that require skilled judgments related to client privacy and confidentiality, boundaries and dual relationships, informed consent, competence and expertise, documentation, and client abandonment. This module will provide a foundation for understanding ethics and boundaries for peer support as well as the Code of Ethics for Ohio Certified Peer Recovery Supporters.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to define both ethics and boundaries.
  • Participant will be able to describe mandated reporting and duty to warn and apply the concepts to their work.
  • Participants will identify the difference between an ethics and boundary violations.

Content

  • RN/LPN Contact CE: 2
  • Counselor CPEs: 2
  • Social Work CPEs: 2
  • Psychologists MCEs: 2
  • Number of RCHs: 2

Subject Area Classification Content Area: R1 – Field Related Other

Note: This course does not meet the requirement for ethics and cultural competency for social workers or professional counselors.

Gambling 101: An Introduction to Problem and Pathological Gambling
 

An Overview of Problem and Pathological Gambling. Screening Assessment, Treatment and Prevention Techniques as well as history and some of the research available.

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Recognize disordered gambling signs and symptoms.
2. Describe the history of gambling in society.
3. Apply treatment models and strategies to treat gambling disorders.

RN/LPN Contact CE: 2.0

Counselor CPEs: 2.0

Social Work CPEs: 2.0

Psychologists MCEs: 2.0

Counselor Education Content Area: C1 – Theories of Addiction/Addiction Knowledge

Gambling Education Content Area: G1 – Knowledge of Gambling Disorder

Prevention Education Content Area: P1 – Foundation in Chemical Use/Abuse/Dependency

Field Related Content Area: R1 – Field Related Other

Health and Wellness in Peer Recovery Support
  

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, focusing on health and wellness is particularly important for people with, or at risk for, behavioral health conditions. Behavioral health is a critical aspect of maintaining physical health and wellness. People with mental and/or substance use disorders typically die years earlier than the general population. A 2006 nationally representative survey reported that individuals with mental disorders died an average of 8.2 years younger than the rest of the population. Individuals with substance use conditions are often at higher risk for HIV and AIDS as well as hepatitis C due to intravenous drug use. This module will discuss the important of maintaining health and wellness.

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

RN/LPN Contact CE: 1.5

  • Counselor Education Content Area: C7 – Prevention Strategies
  • Participants will be able to define the terms health and wellness.
  • Participants will be able to identify and describe four techniques used for reducing stress.
  • Participants will be able to define stress in the workplace and identify one technique for preventing workplace stress

Counselor CPEs: 1.5

Social Work CPEs: 1.5

Psychologists MCEs: 1.5

Number of RCHs: 1.5

History of the CSX Movement for Peer Recovery Supporters
  

This module traces the history of the human rights movement for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders through its roots to our current state as well as monumental federal and state decisions that have impacted how individuals receive and participate in care. This module also identifies the values and principles developed and used to create a system rooted in person-centered care.

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to identify and apply three values and principles of the CSX Movement.
  2. Participants will be able to describe to policy makers why individuals with a lived experience should be involved in policy decisions.
  3. Participants will be able to explain the concept of advocacy.
  • RN/LPN Contact CE: 1.5
  • Counselor CPEs: 1.5
  • Social Work CPEs: 1.5
  • Psychologists MCEs: 1.5
  • Number of RCHs: 1.5

Counselor Education Content Area: C1 – Theories of Addiction/Addiction Knowledge

Human Trafficking Training for Peer Recovery
 

This program will provide foundational understanding of Human Trafficking and how stakeholders across the state of Ohio have partnered to address Human Trafficking and apply solutions to reduce Human Trafficking.  Participants will learn Information on how law enforcement, community agencies and government work together to combat Human Trafficking in Ohio by defining Human Trafficking, learning to recognize signs and indicators, and resources available to help victims.

"Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. It affects every country around the world, regardless of socioeconomic status, history, or political structure. Traffickers have created an international market for the trade in human beings based on high profits and demand for commercial sex and cheap labor" – Polaris Project.

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Define Human Trafficking so citizens can increase their awareness.
  2. List three signs or indicators of human trafficking.
  3. Apply at least one strategy in how to get involved.
  • RN/LPN Contact CE: 1.0
  • Counselor CPEs: 1.0
  • Social Work CPEs: 1.0
  • Psychologists MCEs: 1.0
  • Number of RCHs: 1.0

Counselor Education Content Area: C1 – Theories of Addiction/Addiction Knowledge

Increasing Our Knowledge Base for Competent Transgender Care and Treatment
  

Adult Care Facility Operators will receive 3 hours of mental health training that can apply toward the training requirement from Licensure and Certification.


This course will present information on gender identity disorder, discrimination, and the needs and issues facing the transgender population. Along with insight on how you can best provide care for patients that present as transgender, it also includes personal experiences with transition.

Along with insights on how you can best provide care for patients that present as transgender.

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will have a greater understanding of the challenges and risk of violence transgender people face in everyday living.
  2. Participants will learn to identify and explain how transgender people, as a group are as vast and varied as any random segment of the population.
  3. Participants will be able to recognize some things which might be "triggers" for trans people.
  4. Participants will be able to describe how being transgender is NOT a handicap.
  • RN/LPN Contact CE : 3
  • Counselor CPEs: 3
  • Social Work CPEs: 3
  • Psychologists MCEs : 3
  • Number of RCHs: 3

Prevention Education Content Areas: P8 – Professional Growth & Responsibility for Prevention Professionals

Counselor Education Content Areas: C9 – Legal & Ethical Issues

This program meets three (3) hours required continuing education that addresses social work ethics or cultural competency for social workers and legal and ethical issues for professional counselors per OAC 4757-9.

Estimated time to complete this course is: 3 hours

Introduction to Peer Support
 

This module will discuss the role that peer support plays within the behavioral health structure, who can provide peer support, describe the benefits of peer support are, and identify the types of recovery support services delivered by peer support professionals as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Content & Learning Objectives

  1. Every participant will be able to describe the benefits of peer support to individuals with a mental health and/or substance use disorder.
  2. Every participant will be able to identify who can deliver peer support services.
  3. Every participant will be able to list the types of recovery support services delivered by peer supporters.
  • RN/LPN Contact CE: 1.25
  • Counselor CPEs: 1.25
  • Social Work CPEs: 1.25
  • Psychologists MCEs: 1.25
  • Number of RCHs: 1.25

Field Related Classifications Area: R1 – Field Related Other

Counselor Education Content Area: C1 – Theories of Addiction/Addiction Knowledge

Trauma Informed Care in Peer Recovery Support
  

According to SAMHSA’s concept of a trauma-informed approach, “A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed: 1.Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; 2.Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system; 3.Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and 4.Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization." A trauma-informed approach can be implemented in any type of service setting or organization and is distinct from trauma-specific interventions or treatments that are designed specifically to address the consequences of trauma and to facilitate healing.

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to define the terms trauma and trauma informed care.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the four principles of trauma informed care.
  3. Participants will be able to describe and use a trauma informed approach with the individuals they serve.
  • RN/LPN Contact CE: 1.25
  • Counselor CPEs: 1.25
  • Social Work CPEs: 1.25
  • Psychologists MCEs: 1.25
  • Number of RCHs: 1.25

Counselor Education Content Area: C2 – Counseling Procedures & Strategies with Addicted Populations