Memorial Day Holiday: Child Focus Closed

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Holiday: Child Focus Closed

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Jun 16, 2017

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn a core five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

The course is designed for adults whom regularly interact with adolescents, but may also be appropriate for older adolescents (16 and older) so as to encourage youth peer to peer interaction. Anyone who regularly works or interacts with youth – teachers, athletic coaches, mentors, juvenile justice professionals – may find the course content useful. The core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to a variety of audiences including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public.  Fee is $30.


Mitigating Risk and Supporting Children in AOD Environments

Jul 17, 2017

Ohio is one of the top 5 states in the country with deaths related to drug overdose.  As a result many of Ohio’s children are at risk for countless experiences such as violence in their homes, absent caregivers, higher levels of stress, poverty, neglect, and harsh parenting.  Explore the rick factors these children are susceptible as a result of being embedded in alcohol and drug environments (AOD) and learn how trauma is sustained.  Understand that risk mitigation involves taking steps to reduce the adverse effects of those AOD systems on children who may have trauma.


  1. Develop a basic understanding of AOD environments and be able to identify the risk factors of children living in those environments.
  2. Understand key concepts of trauma experienced by children in AOD environments.
  3. Participants will learn ways to mitigate the risks of children living in AOD environments and strategies to help build connection and increase resilience to ensure success in life.

For more information or to register, click here:

Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

Jul 19, 2017

Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training: Thank you to the Ohio Children's Trust fund for enabling us to offer this training at no cost.  Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences. In fact, 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. 

This means that whether you work with youth, are a parent, or are simply a member of a community, it is highly likely that someone you know and care for has experienced, or is currently experiencing, child sexual abuse. It's going to happen whether you are prepared to deal with it or not - unless you stop it from happening. And the good news is, it can be stopped.

Stewards of Children® is an evidence-informed prevention solution that increases knowledge, improves attitudes, and changes child protective behaviors.  It offers practical prevention training with a conversational, real-world approach.  For more information and to register, go to:


Eating Disorders, 101

Jul 21, 2017

Fee: $30.00

CEUs: 3.0

Eating Disorders, 101. In this presentation, clinicians will learn about the etiology, development and symptoms of eating disorders, as well as the risks of an active eating disorder. Clinicians will learn how to appropriately assess a client for an eating disorder, and will learn when to refer to a higher level of care. After the presentation, clinicians will walk away feeling more comfortable and competent in the following areas:  

  • What are eating disorders?
  • What causes an eating disorder?
  • What are some consequences of eating disorders?
  • Who is at risk for an eating disorder?
  • What maintains eating disorders?
  • What can I do with my client when I suspect an eating disorder? 

Presenter: Katlyn Heath, M.S., MFT – Katlyn Heath is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been serving the eating disorder recovery community for approximately three years. Working primarily with adolescents, adults and their families, Katlyn currently works at the partial hospitalization level of care at the Eating Recovery Center of Ohio. Applied theoretical interventions including a combination of post-modern techniques, including Narrative and Solution-Focused work, with evidence based treatments including CBT, ACT, and DBT. With a strong background in adolescent and family research, including serving on multiple collegiate and professional panels and presentations. 

For more information or to register, click here:

Encourage the Heart Dinner

Aug 4, 2017

The Encourage the Heart Dinner is at Holiday Inn Eastgate on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 6-9pm. This year, Child Focus, Inc. will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary.  Child Focus encourages the heart of the most vulnerable children in our community– children who live in poverty, children with mental illness and children who hurt. Child Focus offers hope and support for children to learn, heal and grow. To help us help children, we encourage the heart of each of you to join us for dinner. You will help just by being there! The evening will include dinner, music and auctions. Money raised will go to the Child Focus, Inc. Encourage the Heart Fund, supporting the agency's greatest need such as client scholarships, funding gaps, emerging program needs and staff and facility development.



Power Struggles: How to Avoid Them & What to Do If You are in One

Aug 14, 2017

Power Struggles: How to Avoid Them & What to Do If You are in One: This training will provide information and interventions to address behavior issues and power struggles with children. Participants will be able to distinguish between four goals of misbehavior and be able to identify when power struggles occur. Strategies to empower children to avoid power struggles and strategies and a script to detach and solve power struggles will be presented.

1. Participants will learn the four goals of misbehavior and focus on the goal of power.

2. Participants will learn strategies to prevent power struggles

3. Participants will be introduced to a script they can use to disengage from power struggles while shifting the struggle into an opportunity to learn conflict management and self regulation skills

Audience: Professionals working with children including mental health providers, parents and caregivers.

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Strategies for Blended Families Workshops

Aug 29, 2017

Strategies for Blended Families Workshops: Every Thursday from August 29-October 3, 2017

Discounted Fee: $175.00 includes All 6 Sessions 


Learn how to survive and thrive in the unique dynamic of a blended family. Use these workshops to equip yourself with confidence, appropriate expectations, and a communication "toolkit". Come join us for this one-of-a-kind informal format of education, sharing, and inspiration.

These workshops will give couples and/or individuals much needed communication tools and workable solutions for the future of their families as well as address the issues of organization, partnership, couple strength, conflict of loyalties, discipline, the ex-spouse and much, much more. 

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Digging into Diversity

Sep 12, 2017


$10.00 FEE for 3.0 CEUs.

This training will help early childhood and other professionals examine their own personal bias about family systems and explore how this bias can affect their ability to support children and the diverse backgrounds that they come from. Those who attend will explore different family systems, marginalization of family, as well as how to build empathy and understanding for people that they serve. They will also learn how to implement into their work, strategies to increase acceptance and connectedness.

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Flip It: Four Supportive Steps to Help Young Children Identify Their Feelings, Learn Healthy Self-Control and Reduce Challenging Behavior

Sep 19, 2017

Flip It: Four Supportive Steps to Help Young Children Identify Their Feelings, Learn Healthy Self-Control and Reduce Challenging Behavior: FLIP IT is a four step process rooted in developing emotional awareness in order to increase emotional control and reduce challenging behaviors in children ages 3-8. FLIP IT can be used with multiple children at the same time during minor challenges throughout a day or used as a targeted intervention that can support the emotional growth of a child displaying specific behavior concerns.  


$20.00 for 5.5 CEUs

Early Childhood Professionals must register by clicking here for OCCRRA Ohio approved units using ST10054480

All other attendees register here for CEUs or certificate of completion