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2023 PAST TRAININGS

Students

If you are a youth serving organization

and wish to request a training contact drbarbbrady@inspiringdreamsnetwork.org

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT   THURSDAY, JANUARY 19th, 2023 - 12pm - 12:30pm

Regional Transition Navigator Services (RTNS)

Regional Transition Navigator Services (RTNS) is an initiative at the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities to support struggling youth between the ages of 14 and 25. The RTNS team works directly with at-risk youth and young adults to address their needs as they move toward independence. This can include assistance with challenges such as housing, employment, mental health and/or recovery services, academic support, food insecurity and more. The eligibility requirements include, they must be 14 to 25 years of age, must live in the state of West Virginia, and must be facing, or have a history of, Severe Mental Illness (SMI), Substance Use Disorder (SUD), and/or fear of becoming homeless. Their services are free, and referrals can be made through the RTNS website. This info session will provide more details about the program and how to refer for services.

PRESENTER: Rebekah M. Gleaner

CULTURAL COMPETENCE: EMBRACING DIVERSITY

I’m Okay You’re Okay

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023.  1pm - 3pm 

Meeting Room #311B, Kanawha County Public Library,123 Capital Street Charleston, WV

This training is being provided for the WV Statewide Afterschool Network and Step-by-Step.

Primary audience: Directors and staff in afterschool programs in 

Contacts: Loren Farmer loren.farmer@mail.wvu.edu  or Cassidy Bailey CBailey@stepbystepev.org

    

TRAINING OBJECTIVES: Participants will…

  •  Be able to explain what cultural competence is

  •  Be able to describe multiple components of culture

  •  Understand why conflict occurs between various culture disrupting cultural competence

  •  Understand and practice ways to build cultural competence

  •  Understand how to support individuals with disabilities build cultural competence

DISPELLING THE MYTHS OF AUTISM

FREE TRAINING - January 25th, 2023,  10am-11am (ZOOM)

Trainer - John Barton, IDN Board Member, Director, WV Autism

DESCRIPTION: Autism is the fastest growing neurological disorder in the world. In the US, one in every 44 children is diagnosed with Autism. This workshop will focus on explaining autism in everyday language and dispelling common myths about autism including causes, characteristics and impact. Participants will also learn about treatment options, resources, and best practices in behavior management and positive learning supports. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Staff and volunteers who serve youth, parents, grandparents, caregivers, school staff, and others… if you’re struggling to understand how to best support YOUTH WITH AUTISM, this training is for YOU!!!

This training initiative is made possible by a grant through The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. Free training and community info sessions will be offered to youth-serving organizations Clay, Putnam and Kanawha County, including school staff, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Camp Appaoy Schouts, Camp Appa Daycare and Afterschool Programs, Mission WV, Education Elevators, YMCA Clubs, youth ministies, and more.

MINDSPRING MENTAL HEALTH ALLIANCE

Live events, free and on-demand programming, expert talks & local resources — we’ve got everything you need to learn about mental health.

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder | Tues 2/7 | 12-1:00p CST
OCD manifests differently in different people – and involves much more than anxiety about germs or compulsions to clean. This one-hour webinar provides an accessible guide to understanding this often-misunderstood diagnosis, including symptoms of OCD, co-occurring disorders, and treatment options. Learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others.

I Don't Need Help: Supporting People Who Can't See Their Mental Illness | Wed 2/8 | 12-1:00p CST
Why do people sometimes reject help? Discuss the reasons why people refuse mental health care and how to respond & cope in this one-hour seminar with a licensed therapist.

Responding in a Mental Health Emergency | Thurs 2/9 | 12-1:00p CST
We know what to do when someone breaks their arm: brace it and go to the hospital. But what should you do when someone is experiencing a mental health emergency? Learn what causes crisis situations and the warning signs, how to respond, and what to do once the crisis has ended.

Supporting Emotional Regulation in Youth: Managing Emotional Storms | Mon 2/13 | 12-1:00p CST
Despite our best efforts to prepare children to manage big storms of emotions, they will struggle sometimes. Managing emotional storms takes emotional & physical maturity, and practice. In this webinar we’ll look at the warning signs that indicate an emotional storm is on the horizon, interventions to support children when they feel an emotional storm brewing, and how to reduce the impact of the storm. 
Sponsored by Polk County Iowa’s Behavioral Health and Disability Services agency

Understanding Trauma | Tues 2/14 | 12-1:00p CST
Trauma is defined by the emotional and psychological effect an event has on people, and less by the event itself. Explore the science of trauma and discuss how trauma impacts physical & mental health with a licensed therapist.

Understanding PTSD | Wed 2/15 | 12-1:00p CST
Trauma impacts everyone differently, depending on the nature of the trauma, presence or lack of social supports, access to treatment, and coping strategies. This one-hour seminar provides an accessible guide to understanding what causes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, its symptoms, co-occurring disorders, and treatment options. Learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others in this one-hour seminar.

Understanding Agoraphobia | Thurs 2/16 | 12-1:00p CST
Often believed to be a fear of leaving the house, agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder that runs much deeper.  Join us to develop a more thorough understanding of what agoraphobia is, what causes it, and how it is treated. Learn tips to manage symptoms and support loved ones with a licensed therapist.

Understanding Eating Disorders | Tues 2/21 | 12-1:00p CST
Although our culture is preoccupied with food and weight, and disordered patterns of eating are very common, clinical diagnosis of eating disorders is less common. Even for professionals who have been treating them for years, eating disorders can be confusing illnesses. Explore the types of eating disorders, their signs & symptoms, risk factors, and treatment in this one-hour seminar. Learn practical steps for supporting loved ones and tips for discussing this often-misunderstood topic.

Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder | Wed 2/22 | 12-1:00p CST
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is defined by negative self-image and misperceptions about appearance. Preoccupation with perceived flaws can result in anxiety, depression, and social isolation. Explore the diagnostic criteria, symptoms, and common misconceptions of body dysmorphic disorder in this one-hour seminar. Discuss treatment options and learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others.

Understanding Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) | Thurs 2/23 | 12-1:00p CST
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder is an eating disorder characterized by very selective eating habits, a disturbance in eating patterns, or both. Separate myths and facts and explore the signs and symptoms, prevalence, and treatment of this often-misunderstood diagnosis. Learn practical tips to manage symptoms and support loved ones in this one-hour seminar.

Supporting Emotional Regulation in Youth: Being a Calming Presence & Making Amends | Mon 2/27 | 12-1:00p CST
How can we best support children when they get stuck in a storm of big emotions? Learn how to be a calming presence in a child’s moment of distress and how to repair damage the storm has done in this one-hour seminar with a licensed therapist. 
Sponsored by Polk County Iowa’s Behavioral Health and Disability Services agency

Understanding Schizoaffective Disorder | Tues 2/28 | 12-1:00p CST
Schizoaffective disorder is a complicated illness that is often confused with other disorders. Explore the diagnostic criteria, signs, and symptoms that differentiate schizoaffective disorder from other illnesses. This one-hour seminar includes information on causation, risk factors, treatment options, and ways to cope if you or a loved one have been diagnosed.

INTERNET SAFETY WEBINAR - Feb. 9  |  2pm

In this webinar, Trooper First Class T. D. McFeeley member of the Crimes Against Children’s Unit of the State Police, will provide general education on the internet, it’s dangers and safety concerns. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Healthy technology in the home

  • How to teach our students/children about internet safety concerns

  • Legal ramifications of an online presence

  • WV State law regarding texting/sexting

 

This webinar training is 1.5 hours.  CEUs: 1.5 CEUs will be provided for social workers.

Webinar Audience: This webinar was designed for Middle & High School Parents, Professionals working youth, School Counselors, and Social Workers. Credentials are not required to enroll, anyone is welcome to participate in the online course. 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Trooper, First Class T.D. McFeeley, West Virginia State Police

 

Trooper First Class T. D. McFeeley member of the Crimes Against Children’s Unit of the State Police, will provide general education on the internet, it’s dangers and safety concerns. TFC McFeeley has been a member of the WV State Police force for 8 years, stationed around the state. He is currently stationed at South Charleston and has served in Clay, Calhoun, Kanawha and Mason Counties. He has investigated a variety of cases and now specializes in the online exploitation of children cases along with sexual/abuse cases with children.

LEGAL AID of WV

You are invited to attend a free webinar showcasing. Conducted by the Legal Unit, 
Behavioral Health Advocacy unit and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs

Feb 23rd | 1:30p

Services provided by Legal Aid of WV   

  • Legal services for low-income individuals and families, including benefits.

  • A Long-Term Care Ombudsman advocates for residents in long-term care facilities. 

  • FAST advocate for children in schools with educational plans.

  • BHA advocates individuals with mental health, intellectual disabilities, and Substance Misuse Disorder. 

 

Who can benefit:  

  • Community Service Providers

  • DHHR Service Providers

  • Families of individuals with mental health issues and SUD

  • All Agencies that work with West Virginia residents 

  • General Public

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS & RESILIENCE

Part I:  March 1st: 12pm – 1pm (Via Zoom)

Part II:  March 29th: 12pm – 1pm (Via Zoom)

This is a CLOSED event for Education Elevators’ mentors. Questions about this training or any attendance exceptions should be directed to Allison McJunkin  allison@educationelevators.org

Trainer: Dr. Barb Brady, Executive Director, Inspiring Dreams Network

DESCRIPTION: Supportive, caring relationships are critical building blocks for healthy youth development and the heart of what youth need to learn, grow, and thrive. Relationships provide an environment of trust, positive reinforcement, good modeling, and constructive feedback for social-emotional and intellectual growth. This presentation covers research best practices in establishing healthy adult/youth relationships and the role of adult mentors/coaches in helping youth identify and connect with protective factors and build resilience. (This workshop has been broken down into 2 smaller units to accommodate participant schedules.)

 

Part I - Objectives

   1. To share research about healthy adult/youth relationship outcomes 

   2. To identify and discuss key elements of healthy adult/youth relationships 

   3.  To understand nonjudgement listening and effective feedback practices that form healthy 

         adult/youth connections​

 

Part II - Objectives

   4. To review the 7 keys to building resilience 

   5. To identify 7 positive experiences that help youth thrive and have positive outcomes

   6. To understand protective factors and the mentor’s role with connecting youth

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

March 2nd,  9:30am - 4:30pm 

Kanawha County Public Library, 123 Capital Street Charleston, WV

Trainers:

Sarah Brown MA - MHFA Trainer, Prestera Center

Dr. Barb Brady - Founder, Executive Director, Inspiring Dreams Network

Identify. Understand. Respond.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about common adolescent mental health issues that teaches a five-step process on how to identify, understand and respond to these youth issues. Those who successfully complete the course earn a Mental Health First Aider Certificate.

This YMHFA training is very interactive and engaging, teaching a 5-step action plan for how to help young people (age 12 - 18) in both crisis and non-crisis situations . Come prepared to have fun and learn how to better interact with and support middle and high school age youth with mental health needs.

POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM

MARCH 2023 SEMINAR SERIES • MAR 7, 8, 9, 2023 • 1pm (Zoom)

West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) is hosting a webinar series via Zoom for parents or caregivers, who have children with a disability up to 12 years old interested in general information about promoting their child's development.

In each webinar, a Parent Network Specialist and Triple P practitioner from the Family-to-Family Program will lead the presentation. A behavior specialist from the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Program will also participate to conduct a Questions & Answer session for tips and strategies. Parenting Tip Packets will be made available to all participants. 

Registration is free but required. Simply click on the ZOOM link provided to register and receive the login info.

Using the link below, register for one, two or all seminars. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONNECTIONS MATTER TRAINING

TUESDAY, MARCH 14th, 9am - 12pm (VIA ZOOM)

Trainers:​

Jessica Dianellos & Michelle Baranaskas, Team for WV Children

Dr. Barb Brady, Inspiring Dreams Network

DESCRIPTION: Connections Matter is designed to engage community members in building caring connections for youth and families to improve resiliency and wellbeing. Everyday connections are more important than we ever believed. Our brain, our relationships and our community are all inter-connected. Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains. Relationships help us learn better, work better, and parent better. When we experience tough times, they help us heal. With each positive connection, we develop a healthier, stronger community. This session uses video, discussion, and experiential activities to engage participants in exploring connections to build stronger, more connected communities to support youth and families.

SUCCESS COACHING & MENTORING INTRODUCTION

Thursday, March 16th, 9:30AM - 12pm

Room 319, Marshall University Graduate College

South Charleston, WV

Presenters: Linda Bragg, Teresa Epperley, and Mary Jane Pope Albin

Board Members, Inspiring Dreams Network

Contact Linda Bragg lindabragg@inspiringdreamsnetwork.org with any questions

ABOUT THIS OVERVIEW: This training will provide an overview of Inspiring Dreams Network’s (IDN) Success Coaching and Mentoring reform-focused, advocacy model. This overview is designed for school and community mentoring program leaders. This intro will provide information for them to decide if they have the interest, staff, and funding to implement the program. 

 

WHO IS INVITED: School and organizational leaders interested in providing success coaching to middle and high school students in the six-county region of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Fayette, Lincoln, and Putnam). Also invited are interested county leaders from counties served by the Mountain State Educational Services Cooperative. 

 

ABOUT OUR MODEL: Success coaches practice transformative leadership and support by first building a relationship of trust, truth, and empowerment. Our focused concepts and steps are designed to transform students from the status of “at-risk of academic failure” to a trajectory of improvement and empowerment. Our success coaching model focuses on clear and tangible steps of student engagement, grit, perseverance, and responsible reactive behavior choices. These practices help students to witness the correlation between these steps and improvement, leading them to believe that success is possible for them.

 

Those who commit to the training will then participate in a two-day intensive workshop and be provided with a year of follow-up consultations and support by IDN.  The trainings are culturally responsive and evidence-based--a hybrid model of standards from the University of Minnesota’s Check and Connect Program and the United States Department of Education’s Graduation 2020 Program.

 

IDN’s highly professional success coaching trainers embody the vision of supporting youth in reaching success in education in the direction of their passion so that they may achieve their dreams. During the work, success coaches often observe specific needs of their mentees and are skilled in recognizing and carrying out referral procedures with utmost discretion.

Brazelton Touchpoints Training: The How of Child and Family Engagement

Beginning March 13, 2024

 

What is it?
Brazelton Touchpoints is an evidence-based approach to building strengths-based, collaborative family-provider partnerships in service of strong, healthy family-child relationships from before birth throughout early childhood. The Brazelton Touchpoints Center has collaborated with IMPACT WV to make training opportunities like this one available to our state’s community of family-facing providers.  These Touchpoints trainings offer participants a strength-based approach to support parents of infants and young children using guiding principles as relationship-based practices and compassionate assumptions as strengths-based attitudes. Collaboration with West Virginia families is essential. West Virginia families are experiencing high impacts of substance use disorder and ranking first for overdose deaths as reported by the CDC.  According to the US Department of Health and Human Services annual Child Maltreatment report, WV had the second highest rate of child abuse and neglect. The Touchpoints approach recognizes the process of disorganization and regression that occur during predictable times during a child's development- called “touchpoints.” These periods of disorganization often create increased stress and have the potential to derail family relationships. The Touchpoints approach views these times as important opportunities to connect and work alongside the family to support caregivers' emotional availability and sensitive responsiveness to their child. The Touchpoints approach helps reframe the disorganized times as necessary to healthy development and relationships as children mature. The interventions propel children's healthy development and build the internal capacity of—and strengthen the collaborative relationships among—families, parents, caregivers, providers, and communities. 

What Do Providers Learn?

  • The impact of parent-child-provider relationships on a child’s development in the early years of life 

  • Understanding the process of a child’s development and looking at how and why change in behavior occurs 

  • Strategies for forming a strength-based relationship with parents 

  • A common language in creating a community where families feel supported to reach their fullest potential 

Who Should Attend:

This training is open to 18 professionals who work with children and their families, including childcare educators, family childcare providers, home visitors, pediatricians, nurses, early interventionists, and child welfare workers for FREE (normally $600) - sponsored by IMPACT WV, WVITMHA, and WVU.
* If you are not able to attend after registering, PLEASE contact charlotte.workman@hsc.wvu.edu immediately so the spot can be filled.

Location:
Virtually via Zoom platform.

Schedule:
Weekly calls will take place from 8:30 am to 12:30 on March 13, 2024, followed by 8:30 am - 10:30 am sessions on March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, and May 15, 2024.

Monthly one-hour Reflection Practice calls will take place at 8:30 am on June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, and November 13, 2024.

Continuing Medical Education and Competencies:
This training has been approved for 20.25 contact hours. Social work, STARS, OT, PT, WVCBAPP and Nursing credits approved.
* Requirements to obtain credit: Complete pre-test and post-test; attend and participate in Sessions 1-10 and at least 4 of 6 reflective sessions. 
* Training hours can be counted toward application for the WV Infant/Toddler Mental Health Endorsement.

For more information about the Brazelton Touchpoints Training, visit https://www.brazeltontouchpoints.org/

 

For other questions, contact Sue Workman at 304-293-4692 or by email at charlotte.workman@hsc.wvu.edu

ANGER MANAGEMENT FOR YOUTH - MAR. 28TH  |  4-5pm

Join us for the online training Anger Management for Youth. During this free, interactive training, participants will learn strategies to identify and cope with their anger in healthier ways and be the bigger person. No CEUs are available for this training as it is geared toward youth. A certificate of completion will be available. 

Training Objectives: 

• Identify what it feels like to be angry 

• Discuss stress reduction tactics 

• Practice relaxation strategies such as progressive muscle relaxation 

 

For more information please contact us at 855-558-4296 or at pbs@hsc.wvu.edu

CFWV PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBINAR SERIES

Each webinar will be held twice a day, at 9:00 am and at 3:30 pm, for 30 minutes LIVE via Zoom. They will be recorded and housed on CFWV's YouTube channel for later viewing. CFWV welcomes counselors, administrators, educators, and business partners to join. Register for one topic or all topics in the series. Please note that each date in the series will have a unique ZOOM link. Therefore, participants must register for each session that they plan to attend. Be sure to check your inboxes/spam boxes for your registration email, as it will have the link to the Zoom training.

 

  • April 6, 2023: CFWV a Family Guide

  • April 20, 2023: CFWV Tools and The Counselor's Work Plan: A Crosswalk and Discussion

 

Visit the CFWV YouTube channel to view recorded sessions from January, February, and March. Those topics include: 

  • CFWV for the Middle School Student

  • CFWV Resources and Creating a College-Going Culture

  • CFWV and the Career Clusters and Pathways

  • CFWV and the PEP

PREVENT WV SUICIDE
May 1st, 2023 - 1pm-4pm (via Zoom)

Everyone needs help and hope to live life. Our response matters not only when one tragedy has occurred, but after exposure to devastating and/or difficult life experiences, pertaining to mental health and substance misuse. There is a need for compassionate support for those with both loss and lived experiences.

 

This customized Help Hope Heal© training session for Inspiring Dreams Networkis rooted in evidence, based on best practices methods and personal experiences, and includes a comprehensive approach acknowledging and supporting immediate and longer-term complicated grief and care. We will touch on the core components of postvention help after a loss, survived suicide attempt, or traumatic experience as each is complex and unique requiring a deep level of understanding and support. 

 

Specifically speaking about mental health and suicide - these events are life-altering and life-changing for those involved. Effective prevention includes postvention knowledge as well as how to connect to intervention supports available when needed. This is vital to healing, recovery, and being able to move forward; this isn't just about death or loss, it's also about survival. As a result of where we are right now in our continued response to the Covid-19 pandemic, substance misuse, and mental health overall, our response(s) must be to help, and hope, and ultimately be person-centered and healing.

 

Facilitators: 

  • Barri Faucett, Prevent Suicide WV

  • Michelle Toman, Brother Up

 

Keepers of Life© - Content for This Workshop Includes:

  • Suicide & Mental Health

  • Substance Misuse

  • Trauma

  • for Prevention, Intervention, Postvention & Recovery

 

We ask that you have access to a camera (phone or webcam) to participate in this training, as being on-screen during our time together is respectfully required. 

 

A certificate of attendance, upon completion of this session, will be provided to participants

ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCE TRAINING SERIES

DATES - May 3rd, 10th, 17th

Trainer: Dr. Barb Brady, Executive Director, Inspiring Dreams Network and Awareness Task Team Chair,

The ACES Coalition of WV

 

ACES 101: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences

May 3, 2023 - 1pm - 2:30pm (Via Zoom)

ACES 102: Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences

May 10, 2023 - 1pm - 2:30pm (Via Zoom)

ACES 103: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences

May 17, 2023 - 1pm - 2:30pm (Via Zoom)

DESCRIPTION: The youth you work with may struggle with trauma effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) We invite you to learn about ACES, the impact on brain development and behavior. ACES often interfere with school success and can negatively impact participation in activities, events, school, relationships, overall wellness, and life outcomes This ACES training series is intended to help caregivers and adults who serve youth better understand the impact of ACES and to learn some best practices strategies to help youth and families overcome and prevent the future occurrence of ACES, changing lives in a positive direction.

PREPARING STUDENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SUMMER

 

MAY 18 - 11am - 12pm, via Zoom

Trainer: Dr. Barb Brady - Founder, Executive Director, Inspiring Dreams Network

Summer can be a difficult and challenging time for youth or it can be filled with fun, inspiration and growth. Parents, community mentors, and youth leaders can play a key role in supporting student success this summer. Join us to learn best practices and resources you can share with the youth and families you serve.

Workshop Goals:

  • To review best practice summer activities for youth (Grades PK - 12) 

  • To share resources that are fun, safe, and engaging for summer learning and growth

  • To discuss and share online safety resources.

  • To encourage participant sharing of best practices and resources

This workshop is provided through a grant from the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS & RESILIENCE

Part I: Wednesday, April 19, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (via Zoom)

 

Part II: Wednesday, April 26, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (via Zoom)

 

TRAINER: Dr. Barb Brady - Executive Director, Inspiring Dreams Network

 

DESCRIPTION: Supportive, caring relationships are critical building blocks for healthy youth development and the heart of what youth need to learn, grow, and thrive. Relationships provide an environment of trust, positive reinforcement, good modeling, and constructive feedback for social-emotional and intellectual growth. This presentation covers researched best practices in establishing healthy adult/youth relationships and the role of adult mentors/coaches in helping youth identify and connect with protective factors and build resilience. (This workshop has been broken down into 2 smaller units to accommodate participant schedules).

 

Part I - Objectives

1. To share research about healthy adult/youth relationship outcomes

2. To identify and discuss key elements of healthy adult/youth relationships

3. To understand nonjudgement listening and effective feedback practices that form healthy adult/youth connections

 

Part II - Objectives

4. To review the 7 keys to building resilience

5. To identify 7 positive experiences that help youth thrive and have positive outcomes

6. To understand protective factors and the mentor’s role in connecting with youth

REGROUNDING OUR RESPONSE (RORWV)
Helping Change the Trajectory of the Opioid Epidemic to Improve Outcomes for Families

SEPTEMBER WEBINARS

Understanding PTSD, Childhood Grief & Loss, Seasonal Depression, and more

As always, these events are absolutely free & everyone is welcome
Reserve your [virtual] seat today

Understanding Compassion Fatigue & Burnout | Tues 9/5 | 12-1:00p CDT 
Does compassion cause suffering? When does it go too far and how can caregivers protect their own wellbeing? Learn the warning signs, who is at risk, and how to restore your emotional energy with a licensed therapist.

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_Rr-jhzieSuWhhmFa_SKtSA

Family Reactions to Mental Illness | Wed 9/6 | 10-11:00a CDT
Understanding why people experience things differently can help to ease tension & increase acceptance. Discuss the caregiving experience, the stages of emotional response, and learn how to respond and cope in this one-hour seminar.

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_00ghnvsOQPe1CpwcAomYUg

Understanding Bipolar Disorder | Wed 9/6 | 12-1:00p CDT
Everyone experiences ups and downs, but bipolar disorder is different. An accessible guide to understanding the types of bipolar disorder, their symptoms, common misconceptions, and how relationships are impacted. Discuss treatment options and learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others. 

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_GFP42kfOS5aiX2JO52y6Zw

Understanding Depression | Thurs 9/7 | 12-1:00p CDT
How is depression different from sadness? An accessible guide to understanding causation, symptoms, and treatment options for depressive disorders. Learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others in this one-hour seminar.

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_JebEsMI_SjKHJTwScKMAdQ

Understanding Childhood Grief & Loss | Mon 9/11 | 12-1:00p CDT
Children’s grief responses are influenced by their developmental stage, how other family members are grieving, and the type of support they receive. Explore the developmental stages of grief and learn practical ways to support young people with a licensed therapist.

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_350-ivEpRHmEYLCbasUEow

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder | Tues 9/12 | 12-1:00p CDT
Of the major mental illnesses, borderline personality disorder is among the most stigmatized. Separate myths and facts and explore the signs and symptoms, causes, and treatment of this often-misunderstood diagnosis. 

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_t4u1Cpu0SgKUFefMCpSPaA

Understanding Psychotherapy: What to Expect & How it Works | Wed 9/13 | 10-11:00a CDT
For many of us, what happens in therapy is a mystery: Does it really work? Who benefits? How can I find a good therapist? Discuss the reasons why people go to therapy, what the process truly looks like, and how to find a qualified professional in this one-hour seminar.

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_sLQ6rJchShygpiBnsSjfHg

The Psychological Origins of Stigma & Bias | Wed 9/13 | 12-1:00p CDT
How does cultural bias impact treatment, prevention & recovery? Discuss the origins of understanding mental illness, how misinformation is spread, and how stigma impacts individuals and communities. Learn tips for correcting negative perceptions with a licensed therapist in this one-hour seminar.

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_6THegSNJQEeTi9BjETstjg

Conflict Management and Problem-Solving in Relationships | Thurs 9/14 | 12-1:00p CDT
Confronting problems can be challenging. Heightened emotions, irrational thinking, impaired judgment, and distorted perceptions impact our ability to solve problems quickly. Learn strategies for effective problem-solving and conflict management with a licensed therapist. 

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_GLyDUnEnRY6c0UbNPJbFUg

Understanding Trichotillomania & Skin Picking (Excoriation Disorder) | Tues 9/19 | 12-1:00p CDT
Trichotillomania, hair-pulling, and excoriation disorder, better known as skin-picking, are two distinct disorders falling under the OCD umbrella that have many similarities. Join us in learning more about these body-focused repetitive behaviors and discuss the signs and symptoms, causes, and treatment options with a licensed therapist. Gain tips to manage symptoms and learn how to support loved ones who are struggling in this one-hour seminar.

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_Dko-C-YvQ32CscDDVvDomA

Understanding Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) | Wed 9/20 | 10-11:00a CDT
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder is an eating disorder characterized by very selective eating habits, a disturbance in eating patterns, or both. Separate myths and facts and explore the signs and symptoms, prevalence, and treatment of this often-misunderstood diagnosis.

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN__OIgt4BJTQaG4AU7whdEzw

Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder | Wed 9/20 | 12-1:00p CDT
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is defined by negative self-image and misperceptions about appearance. Preoccupation with perceived flaws can result in anxiety, depression, and social isolation. Explore the diagnostic criteria, symptoms, and common misconceptions of body dysmorphic disorder in this one-hour seminar. Discuss treatment options and learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others.

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_gACPMJbDQJ6MzObswen-VA

Understanding PTSD | Thurs 9/21 | 12-1:00p CDT
Trauma impacts everyone differently, depending on the nature of the trauma, presence or lack of social support, access to treatment, and coping strategies. This one-hour seminar provides an accessible guide to understanding what causes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, its symptoms, co-occurring disorders, and treatment options with a licensed therapist.

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_ilRhlPPpQgKZsgjTfo9hJA

Supporting Emotional Regulation in Youth: Providing a Foundation to Manage Big Emotions | Mon 9/25 | 12-1:00p CDT
Children aren’t born knowing how to manage emotions or express feelings in appropriate ways. And when children don’t understand their emotions, challenging behavior can arise. This webinar will help you find ways to create healthy connections with kids, understand how to calm the child’s nervous system, and teach you skills to practice.

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_47M8FMfsRkaFy-rB60kHUw

Understanding Dissociative Disorders | Tues 9/26 | 12-1:00p CDT
Dissociation changes your sense of time and identity, and makes people feel disconnected from their thoughts, feelings, and memories. It's a normal phenomenon that most people experience at some point, though some will develop a dissociative disorder that requires treatment. Explore the types of dissociative disorders, their symptoms, prevalence & causation, and how they're treated.

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN__5lU8__dS5yhcW4KGF7GHA

Creating a Low-Stress Environment and Minimizing Crises | Wed 9/27 | 10-11:00a CDT
People are susceptible to strain from a number of sources including work and school obligations, illness, finances, interpersonal conflict, and more. Learn strategies to create and maintain a low-stress environment, identify & respond to ‘red flags’, and communicate in times of crisis with a licensed therapist.

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_JeDGWJTLT4CxjzdM0-pa4Q

Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder | Wed 9/27 | 12-1:00p CDT
Do the winter months get you down more than you think they should? Explore the signs and symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, when it’s time to see a doctor, and what treatment options are available. 

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_l_GHPT-OTvi8NEtBDyVwSA

Understanding Schizoaffective Disorder | Thurs 9/28 | 12-1:00p CDT
Schizoaffective disorder is a complicated illness that is often confused with other disorders. Explore the diagnostic criteria, signs, and symptoms that differentiate schizoaffective disorder from other illnesses. This one-hour seminar includes information on causation, risk factors, treatment options, and ways to cope if you or a loved one have been diagnosed.

Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_VkObwb1QSI2qQ3caA31RaA

ACES/PACES TRAINING

JULY 12, 2023, 10am - Via ZOOM

Current Research and Data

DE-ESCALATION TECHNIQUES FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

JULY 12th - 1pm - 3pm, Zoom Meeting

Come join us for De-Escalation Techniques. This free, interactive online training explores ways to recognize and manage one’s own stress as well as ways to de-escalate a crisis. Participants can expect to learn how to recognize compassion fatigue and burn out. Assess your level of stress and anger, along with the effects and ways to manage those effects. The crisis cycle will be discussed along with tools and techniques to de-escalate a crisis. This training is targeted to first responders, but is also beneficial for professionals assisting individuals with behavioral issues, such as those working with children affected by the opioid crisis in WV.

    

After attending, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between compassion fatigue and being burned out

  • Recognize a power struggle and ways to avoid it

  • Identify ways to effectively de-escalate a situation

 

For Questions
E-mail: PBS@hsc.wvu.edu
Phone Number: 855-558-4296
Website: pbs.cedwvu.org

The PBS Program is funded through a grant with the WV Bureau for Behavioral Health.

POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM

AUGUST 1st, 2nd, & 3rd - 1pm - Zoom Meeting

West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) is hosting a webinar series via Zoom for parents or caregivers, who have children with a disability up to 12 years old interested in general information about promoting their child's development.

In each webinar, a Parent Network Specialist and Triple P practitioner from the Family-to-Family Program will lead the presentation. A behavior specialist from the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Program will also participate to conduct a Questions & Answer session for tips and strategies. Parenting Tip Packets will be made available to all participants. 

Registration is free but required. Simply click on the ZOOM link provided to register and receive the login info.
 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

These Positive Parenting Seminars are provided by the WV Family to Family Health Information Center. For more info, visit https://f2f.cedwvu.org/

Monongalia County Family Resource Network is a co-sponsor of these seminars. www.unitedwaympc.org

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DE-ESCALATION TECHNIQUES FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

MAY 31ST - 10am - 12pm, Zoom Meeting

Come join us for De-Escalation Techniques. This free, interactive online training explores ways to recognize and manage one’s own stress as well as ways to de-escalate a crisis. Participants can expect to learn how to recognize compassion fatigue and burn out. Assess your level of stress and anger, along with the effects and ways to manage those effects. The crisis cycle will be discussed along with tools and techniques to de-escalate a crisis. This training is targeted to first responders, but is also beneficial for professionals assisting individuals with behavioral issues, such as those working with children affected by the opioid crisis in WV.

    

After attending, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between compassion fatigue and being burned out

  • Recognize a power struggle and ways to avoid it

  • Identify ways to effectively de-escalate a situation

 

For Questions
E-mail: PBS@hsc.wvu.edu
Phone Number: 855-558-4296
Website: pbs.cedwvu.org

The PBS Program is funded through a grant with the WV Bureau for Behavioral Health.

WV OLWEUS BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAM

The Olweus Program (pronounced Ol-VAY-us) is a comprehensive approach that includes school-wide, classroom, individual, and community components. The program is focused on long-term change that creates a safe and positive school climate. It is designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, junior high, and high schools (K-12). The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among students, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world and in thousands of schools in the United States.

 

West Virginia now boasts twelve professionals who are Provisionally Certified Trainer-Consultants in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). The twelve provisionally certified trainers are working diligently with schools in multiple counties to elicit commitments. Four counties, including Fayette, Randolph, Pocahontas, and Tucker, have formal agreements to implement the program in at least some of their schools. 

 

You can read more about the OBPP here. If your school wants to arrange a training, please contact Tiffany Pittman.

DECEMBER WEBINARS

Understanding Trauma and Secondary Traumatic Stress in Caregivers,
Compassion Fatigue & Burnout, Family Reaction to Mental Illness,
Managing Conflicts, Creating a Low-Stress Environment, and much more! 


 Plus SUPPORT GROUPS in the Des Moines metro!

As always, these events are absolutely free & everyone is welcome

Play Trivia. Support Mindspring. 

Mindspring is partnering with The Hall DSM and hosting our first ever Trivia Night Fundraiser on Tuesday February 20th, 2024 at 6 pm.

Join us for a fun night of trivia, prizes, and help individuals in our community access the mental health resources, education, and support they need to live the life they deserve.

Interested in having a team or sponsoring the event? Check out the info below!
Early bird special for teams ends on January 1st, so get your team registered today!

REGISTER TO PLAY OR DONATE

Upcoming Support Group Meetings

Click HERE to learn more  

Family Support Group
Sunday 12/17 from 2-3:30 pm
Location: Eyerly Ball | 1301 Center Street | Des Moines, IA

Peer Support Group
Saturday 12/9 from 3-4:30 pm
Location: Forest Ave Public Library | 1326 Forest Ave | Des Moines, IA

 

Parents of Youth Support Group
Sunday 12/3 from 2-3:30 pm
Location: Urbandale Public Library | 3520 86th Street | Urbandale, IA 

Understanding Depression | Tues 12/5 | 12-1:00p CST

How is depression different from sadness? An accessible guide to understanding causation, symptoms, and treatment options for depressive disorders. Learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others in this one-hour seminar with a licensed therapist.
Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9716886587868/WN_OEhUEfDdRUyFEnuYeN8Jkw


Understanding Bipolar Disorder | Wed 12/6 | 10-11:00a CST
Everyone experiences ups and downs, but bipolar disorder is different. An accessible guide to understanding the types of bipolar disorder, their symptoms, common misconceptions, and how relationships are impacted. Discuss treatment options and learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others in this one-hour seminar.
Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9716886587868/WN_OXWnq-n4SFWFmti60Jiddg


Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder | Wed 12/6 | 12-1:00p CST
Of the major mental illnesses, borderline personality disorder is among the most stigmatized. Separate myths and facts and explore the signs and symptoms, causes, and treatment of this often-misunderstood diagnosis. Gain practical tips to manage symptoms and support loved ones.
Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9716886587868/WN_AFS4BmDuRxmjad6FYXJn2w


Understanding Dissociative Disorders | Thurs 12/7 | 12-1:00p CST
Dissociation changes your sense of time and identity, and makes people feel disconnected from their thoughts, feelings, and memories. It's a normal phenomenon that most people experience at some point, though some will develop a dissociative disorder that requires treatment. Explore the types of dissociative disorders, their symptoms, prevalence & causation, and how they're treated.
Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9716886587868/WN_JnW1HiVDTEyA4qm_wHrrKA
Webinar sponsored by Antidepressant Duds


Understanding Depression & Suicide in Young People | Mon 12/11 | 12-1:00p CST
Depression in children and teenagers is often undiagnosed and untreated because symptoms are mistaken for normal emotional changes. Learn what factors contribute to youth depression and suicide, the signs and symptoms, and what we can do to prevent it with a licensed therapist. 
Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/4016886557286/WN_GUNuYJdHQq6lcE1YW6DnVw


Understanding Compassion Fatigue & Burnout | Tues 12/12 | 12-1:00p CST
Does compassion cause suffering? When does it go too far and how can caregivers protect their own wellbeing? Learn the warning signs, who is at risk, and how to restore your emotional energy.
Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9716886587868/WN_WMCify3lQuqnmysGyUHL8A
Webinar sponsored by Antidepressant Duds


Workplace Violence & De-Escalation Techniques | Tues 12/13 | 10-11:00a CST
Violence in the workplace involves a continuum of behavior from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. Acts of violence are currently the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States, and rates of violence in the workplace are on the rise. These events cause frustration, anger, and pain for employees, customers, patients, and visitors – costing businesses an estimated $36 billion each year. Explore what you can control in these situations and learn practical tools to de-escalate workplace violence & keep others safe when faced with uncontrollable turmoil.
Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9716886587868/WN_UPHpl94WS5KAd1hwj4_Kag


Mental Health & Mental Illness: What’s the Difference? | Wed 12/13 | 12-1:00p CST
While these terms are often used interchangeably, mental health and mental illness are not the same -- and this misunderstanding can cause us to overlook the signs that someone needs help. This one-hour seminar provides an accessible guide to understanding what mental health is, the categories of mental illness, and how they’re treated. Separate myths & facts with a licensed therapist.
Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9716886587868/WN_2VyCKOFDQ3GwfkNUQQIXcA


Understanding Oppositional Defiant Disorder | Thurs 12/14 | 12-1:00p CST
It’s not unusual for children and teenagers to be defiant, and to question authority on occasion. Discuss how disordered behavior is distinguished from typical child development and explore the diagnostic criteria, causes, and treatment of oppositional defiant disorder in this one-hour seminar.
Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9716886587868/WN_eZx8EYo5RM2hr9tQLH9aoQ


Childhood Trauma & Secondary Traumatic Stress in Caregivers | Mon 12/18 | 12-1:00p CST
Supporting children who have experienced trauma can affect our own mental health and can lead to secondary traumatic stress. Learn how to safeguard yourself from emotional exhaustion & explore ways to manage stress reactions when helping children cope with their trauma.
Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/4016886557286/WN_77vlGujVSECiOtu6QjVlbg


Understanding Psychotherapy | Tues 12/19 | 12-1:00p CST
How does talk therapy work? Who benefits? How do you find a good therapist? Discuss the reasons why people go to therapy, what the process truly looks like, and how to find a qualified professional in this one-hour seminar.
Register Here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9716886587868/WN_OAT8CDCwQHmT-AcMi5viUQ


Creating a Low-Stress Environment and Minimizing Crises | Wed 12/20 | 10-11:00a CST
People are susceptible to strain from a number of sources including work and school obligations, illness, finances, interpersonal conflict, and more. Learn strategies to create and maintain a low-stress environment, identify & respond to ‘red flags’, and communicate in times of crisis with a licensed therapist.
Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9716886587868/WN_Yb3ozHYvTw2tBSicGAeWGg


Conflict Management and Problem-Solving in Relationships | Wed 12/20 | 12-1:00p CST
Confronting problems can be challenging. Heightened emotions, irrational thinking, impaired judgment, and distorted perceptions impact our ability to solve problems quickly. Learn strategies for effective problem-solving and conflict management with a licensed therapist. 
Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9716886587868/WN_yEF64QAtQIa-zMJjbiynvA


Understanding Family Reactions to Mental Illness | Thurs 12/21 | 12-1:00p CST
Understanding why people experience things differently can help to ease tension & increase acceptance. Discuss the caregiving experience, the stages of emotional response, and learn how to respond and cope with a licensed therapist.
Register here https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9716886587868/WN_Now9KorISOG1eoPMBfr55A

 

click to browse all upcoming webinars


Meet the Instructors

Jaymi Dormaier is a Licensed Master Social Worker with more than ten years of experience in the mental health field. In Jaymi's career as a social worker and therapist she has worked with diverse populations focusing on anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, foster care, adoption, homelessness, and addiction. She is passionate about helping others live a life they love.

Susan Dannen is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. Susan trained at Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois Chicago, and specializes in child and adult mental health, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, foster care, and adoption. She is passionate about educating and supporting others to find hope and healing. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Are webinars recorded? Yes! Everyone who registers for a webinar will receive the recording via email 24 hours after the live event.

Are attendance certificates provided? Yes! Attendance certificates are sent to everyone who joins a live webinar and completes the post-webinar survey. 

Are webinars & support groups free? Yes! Mindspring's webinars are available for free. Funding to provide mental health education, support, and advocacy services is provided by Polk County, Iowa, Polk County Behavioral Health & Disability Services, United Way of Central Iowa, and a number of corporate and family donors. 

Are CEUs provided? CEUs are not provided

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT 
Last month Mindspring staff and volunteers led the Hearing Voices Simulation to 21 new officers at the Des Moines Police Academy. Here's what they liked about their experience! 

"Being able to understand how somone hearing voices might feel"
"How real it felt and how difficult it was to do things"
"Ability to gain a small sense of what people may go through"

In the Des Moines metro and interested in bringing the Hearing Voices program to your organization? Email Alex at arohn@mindspringhealth.org

December 5, 2023

1:00 – 3:00pm 
Training Location:
Zoom (a link will be provided after registration

Come join us for De-Escalation Techniques. This free, interactive online training explores ways to recognize and manage one’s own stress as well as ways to de-escalate a crisis. Participants can expect to learn how to recognize compassion fatigue and burn out. Assess your level of stress and anger, along with the effects and ways to manage those effects. The crisis cycle will be discussed along with tools and techniques to de-escalate a crisis. 

School professionals, first responders, social workers, therapists, and direct support providers are encouraged to attend.

After attending, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between compassion fatigue and being burned out

  • Recognize a power struggle and ways to avoid it

  • Identify ways to effectively de-escalate a situation

2 Social Work CEUs will be available for this webinar.

(Please note: The online registration page typically closes a few days in advance of the webinar or when registration reaches maximum capacity.)

For Questions
E-mail: PBS@hsc.wvu.edu
Phone Number: 855-558-4296
Website: pbs.cedwvu.org

The PBS Program is funded through a grant with the WV Bureau for Behavioral Health.

December 2023 Seminar Series
December 5, 6 and 7, 2023 1:00 PM

 

West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) is hosting a webinar series via Zoom for parents or caregivers, who have children with a disability up to 12 years old interested in general information about promoting their child's development.

In each webinar, a Parent Network Specialist and Triple P practitioner from the Family-to-Family Program will lead the presentation. A behavior specialist from the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Program will also participate to conduct a Questions & Answer session for tips and strategies. Parenting Tip Packets will be made available to all participants. 

Registration is free but required. Simply click on the ZOOM link provided to register and receive the login info.

These Positive Parenting Seminars are provided by the WV Family to Family Health Information Center. For more info, visit https://f2f.cedwvu.org/

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