Education Videos and Resources
The 9 Major Practice Problem Areas Facing Mental Health Therapist
4.0 CEUs for Ethics
In Person only Workshop
This workshop meets the Ethics requirement set by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board and Ohio Psychological Association.
Operation Street Smart: Drug Education
FEE: No cost-this program is sponsored by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office
The target audience for street smart includes DARE and school resource officers, juvenile detectives, school administrators and school board members, teachers, and parents. Other groups and organizations that deal with juveniles are also eligible to receive this program. Past attendees have also included physicians, school nurses, juvenile prosecutors, juvenile probation officers, and children services employees.
Location: Child Focus, 710 N High St, Mt. Orab, OH 45154
Education Videos and Resources
Dr. Laura Stith, Behavioral Health Division Officer and Chief Clinical Officer for Child Focus explains how to talk to your kids about COVID-19: Ways to Talk and Support Your Kids During COVID-19
"Window of Tolerance" is a term created by Dr. Dan Siegel which demonstrates the window in which an individual responds and functions most efficiently. It is often within this zone that individuals are able to process information and make rational decisions without any signs of difficulty or struggle: Window of Tolerance
Child Focus is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect before it starts through programming and community training: Child Abuse Prevention
Suicide in Ohio: Conversations: Ohio's Voice for Suicide Prevention have partnered with Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS), VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and others to create these four-part video series on suicide prevention. These videos will give a closer look into the mental health crisis and impact it has on our state. We are hoping these personal stories will help raise awareness and prevent future deaths. We will also discuss the effects COVID-19 has had on Ohioans, and ways to get help if you are struggling. Click here to access videos
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. We are the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and mental health conditions. NAMI offers group and educational courses to families, friends and individuals living with these conditions at no cost. For more information and class offerings, please visit our website!
MakeTheConnection.net connects Veterans, their families and friends, and other supporters to mental health information, a tool for finding local mental health resources, and videos of Veterans sharing their inspiring stories of recovery. The site is free to use and accessible to everyone.
Training Room Rentals
Professional, accommodation and affordable conference rooms with AV equipment rental options for any successful meeting, training, or other event.
Kitchenette and restrooms directly across from conference rooms. Location easily accessible right off I-275 in Mt. Carmel with free parking.
Contact: Melanie Palmer, Training Officer at Mpalmer@Child-Focus.Org or (513) 752-1555.
Conference Room B
Conference Room C
AV Rental Equipment
Suicide Awareness, Education and Response Contact List
We would like to collaborate and partner with any person, agency, business, school, faith community and/or organization to help save lives. Please use the link below to add your contact information to stay informed about these efforts in our community.
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Our Training Team
Melanie Palmer is an Independently Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Supervisory Status and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor. She has worked in the outpatient and school-based programs at Child Focus and has over 25 years of experience working with clients on a variety of issues in many settings. 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 and Youth Mental Health First Aid. She is also a certified instructor for QPR, a Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Program, QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Management program, QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor's Master Trainer and Assessing, Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Behavioral Health Professionals (AMSR) Trainer, Working Minds Suicide Prevention in the Workplace as well as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainer. Melanie develops and facilitates trainings on a variety of topics including trauma-informed care, suicide education, family relationships, parenting, stress management and self-care, communication, and more. She collaborates and partners with several systems including mental/public health agencies, schools, judicial, law enforcement, business, faith based and other communities in efforts to expand and enhance knowledge to improve the quality of life for all.
Training Center Office Manager
Shelley 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 Child Focus 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.