Workforce Development Trainings
High Fidelity Wraparound
Wraparound is a comprehensive process building on an individualized team to organize resources and talents from a variety of sources to support families in their communities. In the Wraparound process a team of people are brought together around all the components of a family’s life incorporating their history, culture, relationships and other relevant information to address their challenges and formulate possible solutions. This training is delivered in a series to ensure consistent skill development for the practitioner to translate quality service delivery to families.
Secondary Traumatic Stress
Secondary traumatic stress is the emotional duress that results when an individual constantly hears about the firsthand trauma experiences of another. STS presents symptoms identical to those of post-traumatic stress disorder except that exposure to a traumatizing event experienced by one person becomes a traumatizing event for the second person. Direct care professionals that work with traumatized populations are at an increased risk for experiencing secondary traumatic stress. This webinar will introduce participants to the similarities and differences between burnout, compassion fatigue, secondary and vicarious trauma and will offer information about how to identify these in themselves and others.
Connections Matter Georgia
Connections Matter Georgia is an interactive discussion-based curriculum designed to engage community members in building caring connections and educates on the intersecting topics of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, brain development, and resilience. Explore how ACEs adversely affect brain development and health outcomes. Learn how caring connections serve as a primary buffer in the negative effects of trauma. Develop strategies for strengthening both personal and community resilience.
Trauma Informed University (TIU)
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities’ Interagency Directors Team (IDT), in partnership with the Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health and Voices for Georgia’s Children, have joined together to develop and implement Trauma-Informed Universities (TIU). TIU is an initiative targeting higher education programs to embed a trauma-focused seminar into their field training. This curriculum includes a three-hour seminar that serves to equip emerging behavioral health professionals to recognize and prevent triggers for clients who have experienced traumatic life events.
• Define trauma, traumatic events, and the range of reactions to traumatic experiences and traumatic stress.
• Identify immediate, short-term, and long-term reactions to trauma, including emotional, cognitive, and biological impacts.
• Define resiliency and posttraumatic growth in response to trauma
*** Through continued funding by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities registration will include:
– Trauma Informed University Toolkit (trainer manual, slide deck and participant survey)
– Technical Assistance & Evaluation Support
Trauma Informed Systems of Care
A trauma-informed system is one in which all parties involved recognize and respond to the impact of traumatic stress on those who have contact with the system including children, caregivers, and service providers.
Trauma Informed Systems of Care
This training is designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children in the child serving system who have experienced traumatic events, and how to use this knowledge to support children’s safety, permanency, and well-being through trauma- informed practice. Programs and agencies within such a system infuse and sustain trauma awareness, knowledge, and skills into their organizational cultures, practices, and policies. They act in collaboration with all those who are involved with the child, using the best available science, to facilitate and support the recovery and resiliency of the child and family.
Transition to Independence Process
Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model™ is an evidence-supported practice by Dr. Hewitt “Rusty” Clark, that prepares youth and young adults (ages 14-29) with emotional and/or behavioral disorders in their movement towards greater self-sufficiency and successful achievement of their goals.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports.
Mental Health First Aid
This session uses roleplaying and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self- help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.
Modules : Adult, Youth, and Teen
Sources of Strength
A best practice youth suicide prevention project designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse.
Sources of Strength
The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults. Sources of Strength moves beyond a singular focus on risk factors by utilizing an upstream approach for youth suicide prevention. This upstream model strengthens multiple sources of support (protective factors) around young individuals so that when times get hard, they have strengths to rely on.
Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R)
Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) is a treatment modality that combines the evidence base of Cognitive Therapy with principles of the recovery movement to move an individual towards the life of their choosing. The protocol was originally designed for individuals living with Schizophrenia/Schizophrenia spectrum disorders; however, it has been applied to a variety of serious mental health challenges. The protocol relies on the provider developing a detailed understanding of the individual and the negative beliefs that block them from their aspirations and then developing a treatment strategy that flows from this understanding. CT-R utilizes a high level of collaboration between the provider and individual. The individual’s personal aspirations are the central focus of this collaboration and the primary motivator to take steps and address challenges. Duration of treatment typically falls within a range of 12-24 months with the average being 18 months. CT-R is effectively applied in a variety of treatment settings from stand-alone providers to team settings such as Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). The protocol can be utilized effectively in residential programs, hospitals, crisis stabilization units, psychosocial rehabilitation programs and outpatient programs.
This training consists of a 3-Day in-person workshop or a 9-week series of 2-hour virtual workshops. The training is designed for a variety of professionals working in mental health settings including but not limited to clinicians, case managers, certified peer specialists, and vocational/educational specialists.
3-Day & 9-Week Workshops
Over the course of the 3-day in person or 9-week virtual workshop providers will learn the 3 primary steps of the CT-R protocol, Activating the Adaptive Mode, Developing the Adaptive Mode, and Actualizing the Adaptive Mode, and how to implement them in their treatment settings and with a variety of challenges.
- Strategies to activate and energize the individuals being served and initiate social connection with those individuals, who often are inactive and socially isolated.
- How to elicit personal and meaningful aspirations from the individuals being served and develop strategies to increase motivation to achieve those identified aspirations.
- How to identify and take steps to achieve the identified aspirations.
- The process of identifying and correcting negative beliefs over the course of treatment. How to utilize the individual’s experiences to guide the new learning via targeted questions for the individual to consider.
- How to address, reduce, or eliminate symptoms and challenges as they emerge in the context of the individual moving toward their ambitions.
Following training, 6-months of weekly one-hour consultation is provided to assist providers with case conceptualization and applying the CT-R protocol to the individuals they are currently serving.
CALM: Counseling on Access to Lethal Means
Reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and medication, can determine whether a person at risk for suicide lives or dies. This free online course focuses on how to reduce access to the methods people use to kill themselves. It covers how to: (1) identify people who could benefit from lethal means counseling, (2) ask about their access to lethal methods, and (3) work with them—and their families—to reduce access.
The training is for professionals (including clinicians) in addition to the general public.
This training provides a broad overview of mental wellness. Being mentally well means that you are cognitively and emotionally functioning in your best interest. You can think, feel, and act in ways that create a positive impact on your physical and social well-being. The training content includes defining mental wellness and understanding the different aspects of mental wellness through discussion, activities and coping with poor mental wellness with coping strategies.
Using motivational interviewing to have difficult conversations. This training is focused on best practices for professionals in conducting interviews, focus groups and information gathering/communicating with individuals and groups.