The Child Focus Training Center provides on and off-site training on a variety of topics to parents, caregivers, child care providers, mental health providers, schools, community agencies, and other community members and will prepare training to fit the needs of individual programs and companies.

The Training Center also maintains continuing education provider status to meet license requirements set by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board and by the Ohio Psychological Association.

Director of Training-Melanie Palmer, M.A., IMFT-S

Training Center Office Manager-Shelley Drummond


Where the Boys Are

Monday, November 20, 2017 9:00am-11:45am


$10.00 for 2.5 CEUs

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Early Learning Professionals Must Click Here to Register on OCCRRA using ST10058263


Supervision Training: Supervision Strategies and Tools

Friday, December 1, 2017 8:45am-12:00pm

Fee: $40.00

CEUs: 3.0 Supervision

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The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA)– Infant/Toddler & Preschool Program 0-5 for ECMH consultants 

Must Attend Both Days-Wednesday and Thursday, December 6th and 7th, 2017 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: Child Focus Training Center 551-B Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244


$20.00 for CEUs

In this training you will learn about the DECA for both Infants and Toddlers as well as Preschoolers.  In both programs, DECA uses a 5 step approach that will be reviewed  so that as an ECMH consultant you can help programs to use either to cover all ages 0-5.

Early Learning Professionals must register through OCCRRA using ST # 10062527

All other registrations contact Nicolle Moore at 


Trauma Systems Therapy for Caregivers

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 8:30am-4:30pm

Fee: $35

CEUs: 6.0

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Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy January 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 8:45am-12:00pm

Fee: $35.00

CEUs: 3.0 Ethics approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board

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Legal Responsibilities that Even Good Clinicians Screw Up

Friday, June 29, 2018 8:00am-12:15pm

Fee: $45.00

CEUs: 4.0 Ethics for Ohio Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psychologists

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Director of Training-Melanie Palmer is an Independently Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Supervisory Status in Ohio and also maintains a LMFT license in California. She is the Director of Training for Child Focus, Inc, has worked in the outpatient and school-based programs at CFI, and taught a general psychology course at Southwestern College. She has over 20 years experience working with clients on a variety of issues and challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, marital conflict, and has extensive experience working with children and adolescents suffering from emotional and behavioral problems. Melanie is a certified instructor for Keeping Children Safe: Child Abuse and Neglect Curriculum for Early Childhood Professionals, Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program, Youth Mental Health First Aid, QPR, a Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Program, QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Management program and a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor's Master Trainer. She also develops and facilitates trainings on a variety of topics including healthy relationships, separation and divorce issues, parenting, stress management and self-care, communication, and more.     

Training Center Office Manager-Shelley Drummond started at Child Focus in 1991 in accounts receivable and worked in the fiscal department for 10 years. Shelley then left the agency to pursue a career in property insurance and has taken several courses and exams to receive her Certificate of Insurance and an Associate Underwriter Designation.  Shelley returned to CFI in 2014 as the Training Center Office Manager. Shelley brings her experience of customer service and compassion of community volunteering to Child Focus and is honored to be part of an organization that helps bring hope and healing into our children’s lives.