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If you are a youth serving organization and wish to request a training contact 

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To help us plan future training needs, please complete our Training Needs Survey.


DATES - February 8th, 15th, & 22nd

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

February 8, 2023 - 11am - 12:30am (Via Zoom)

ACES 102: Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences

February 15, 2023 - 10am - 11:30am (Via Zoom)

ACES 103: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences

February 22, 2023 - 10am - 11:30am (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.

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Time Change!


Expanded School Mental Health (ESMH)

The WV ESMH Initiative exists so that every student in West Virginia can benefit from a school environment that supports social and emotional wellbeing to achieve his or her full potential. Schools, families, and strategic community partners assume a shared responsibility to provide mental health support for ALL students. ESMH includes prevention, early intervention, and treatment that are naturally integrated into the school day, so students do not have to leave school to get the support they need. This spotlight will help you understand ESMH, determine if it is in your local school, and how to best help students benefit.

PRESENTER: Tiffany Pittman

School Mental Health Coordinator

School Health Technical Assistance Center

Division of Community Health

Marshall University School of Medicine

Politician Shaking Hands


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

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


March 2nd,  9:30am - 4:30pm 

Kanawha County Public Library, 123 Capital Street Charleston, WV


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.

Friends with Devices

Helping Change the Trajectory of the Opioid Epidemic to Improve Outcomes for Families

March 9th,  8am-4:30pm 

The Cottage - 400 Patterson Lane, Charleston, WV 25311

ABOUT THIS TRAINING: When caregiver outcomes improve so do outcomes for youth. That is why Inspiring Dreams Network (IDN) chose to be part of this initiative and have trained presenters for each component of this training.  The Regrounding Our Response West Virginia (RORWV) initiative supports a multi-disciplinary network of Master Presenters across the state trained in five core concepts: Stages of Change, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Social Determinants of Health, Medically Assisted Treatments and Comprehensive Health Framework.  This training is crucial to addressing the stigma around substance use, raising awareness about public health approaches, improving treatment approaches, optimizing services, reducing substance-related overdoses and improving outcomes for WV families.


Participants may participate in up to three of the training components during our full-day in-person event as some topics run concurrently. IDN provides trainers and is a co-sponsor of this training event.

See attached flyer for more information about each training component.  


IDN is partnering with the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) to offer this series in weekly Zoom segments in April for those unable to attend this full-day event. Dates to be determined.


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


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.


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 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.


IDN is working with Prevention Suicide WV to schedule a Suicide Prevention workshop in the next few weeks and working with co-presenters to schedule a full-day Youth Mental Health First Aid certification training for late February or early March.  

If you are a youth serving organization and wish to request a training contact 

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