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Professional Development Opportunities


For questions regarding upcoming events contact Lauren Perry, Training Coordinator at or (513) 785-6770. For an up-to-date list of workshops provided by many organizations across Butler County and beyond, be sure to subscribe to our FCFC Forum. The Forum is a twice-monthly e-newsletter filled with helpful information and resources.

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FCFC 2019 Trainings & Events: January-August

An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Date: September 23, 2019
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. It is a way of working with persons to assist them in accessing their intrinsic motivation to change behaviors that contradict their essential values and interfere with the achievement of their life goals. Motivational Interviewing is both a philosophy and a set of strategic techniques. It is an evidence-based treatment with a broad range of applications. This Motivational Interviewing training introduces participants to the philosophical roots and essential constructs of the model. Participants will engage in skill-building exercises designed to assist them in utilizing person-centered approaches and strategies to respond to resistance in work practice settings for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

CEUs: 6 Social Work and Counselor CEUs are provided by the Butler County Educational Service Center approved & awarded by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & MFT Board Approval RSX050901 & RCX051001.

Cost: Free!!


Understanding Trauma and Growing Resiliency

Date: 9-24-19
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This session will help participants understand trauma, how it affects the brain and body and how we can join one another on the healing journey. Trauma Responsive Care not only looks at "what happened" to people but also "what did they do to survive." This is an important shift as we look to uncover the hidden resilience in everyone. This session will do a deep dive into how participants can care for themselves through three different types of regulation that will equip them to be more present with the people they support.

5.5 Social Work/Counselor CEUs approved

Cost: Free


QPR: Gatekeeper Training

This September we are launching Stand Up to Suicide for National Suicide Prevention Month. Stand Up to Suicide will activate 14 counties across Ohio to train the most individuals possible in the suicide prevention tactics of Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR).

Suicide affects us all regardless of our backgrounds. Suicide deaths in Ohio have increased by 24% over the past decade. We lose one Ohioan to suicide every five hours, each and every day and have lost more than 15,000 families, friends and loved ones in this time period.

Loss of a loved one, friend, neighbor, colleague, or other acquaintance to suicide is devastating. Importantly, there is hope and help for persons contemplating suicide, and you can help others in need. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

Monday, September 9, 2019 10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Register Here
Thursday, September 12, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Register Here
Thursday, September 26, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Register Here

The Epidemic Beneath the Epidemic: Discover the Neuroscience of Trauma, Addiction, as well as Healing & Recovery

Date: September 30, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

We know that trauma and addiction are prevalent in our society today. We are also beginning to discover the link between traumatic experiences and the disease of addiction. So many of the clients and populations we serve are particularly at risk for experiencing single incident and complex trauma that can ultimately drive the development of addiction; in the shape of maladaptive coping strategies intended to sooth the far-reaching impacts of the traumatic experiences they have faced. In this insightful and informative training, you will gain knowledge about the brain, how trauma alters brain development and function, how the disease of addiction changes the brain, and how traumatic experiences are linked to the development of addiction. Additionally, you will receive instruction on cutting edge treatment strategies, including EMDR, mindfulness, and resilience building interventions that work with the thought and non-thought regions of the brain to address addiction and facilitate positive trauma resolution so those we serve can go on to create and lead meaningful and productive lives.

CEUs: 5.5 Social Work/ Counselor CEUs are provided by the Butler County Educational Service Center approved & awarded by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & MFT Board Approval RSX050901 & RCX051001. 5.5 Contact Hours for Educators.

Cost: Free!!


An Introduction to Neurological Reorganization

Date: 10-8-19
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Please join us for a rich, inspiring and delightfully experiential training in the work that has brought relief to thousands of children and adults struggling with Developmental Trauma Disorder, Attachment Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum issues, Traumatic Brain Injury, Learning Disabilities, and Behavior Challenges.

5.5 Social Work/Counselor CEUs are approved

Cost: Free! (Priority will be given to PRIM partner agencies)


Keeping Your Cool: Crisis De-escalation Training

Date: 10-22-19
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Crisis De-Escalation is a training focused on identifying possible crisis, education on trauma informed interventions during a crisis, and techniques to help reduce on-going crisis. There will be discussion about different viewpoints of a crisis, biases that influence a crisis response, and environmental factors to consider when in a crisis. This training will walk participants through the crisis cycle and provide real situations where presented techniques were applied in a successful way. Participants will also complete an interactive role play to practice these skills and provide constructive feedback to each other.

CEUs: 3.75 Social Work/Counselor CEUs are approved

Cost: Free!


Social Services Overview Training

Dates: 10-23-19; 10-30-19; 11-6-19; 11-13-19
Times: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm each session

These 4- half day trainings combine field trips with guest speakers to allow employees to become familiar with Butler County community resources. Participants will tour facilities, meet agency staff and get up to date information about services, eligibility, referral processes and fees. As a result of this event, participants will: Understand the social service delivery system in Butler County; Make better referrals; Develop relationships; Better serve families and children. Must be less than 1 year in your role and must work in Butler County. This is a training series, attendance at all sessions is required.

Cost: $75.00


Out of the Shadows

Date: 11-1-19
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Let’s shine a light on the resilience of our community. Join us for an interactive discussion about: Human Trafficking, Infant Mortality & Implicit Bias and help us bring these tough issues out of the shadows so we can work to address them together. You will engage in discussion and activities that allow you to examine your perceptions of these topics.

CEUs: 5.5 Social Work are approved
Cost: Free!


Training Fees and Policies

Unless otherwise stated, the fees for workshops are as follows:
Half day: $40.00     Full day: $75.00     Two-day: $150.00

Make Checks Payable to:
Butler County Family and Children First Council
400 N. Erie Blvd. Ste. A
Hamilton, OH 45011

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FCFC training events can be found under "Miscellaneous Activity Fees"

Butler County Family and Children First Council Cancellation and Refund Policy: Registrants unable to attend a training session must notify FCFC at least 2 business days prior to the training date in order to receive a refund. Refunds will not be given for books and/or materials pre-ordered for a training. If you are unable to attend a training and do not notify us 2 business days prior to the training date, you will be charged the registration fee. If a training session is cancelled due to low registration, inclement weather, or other reasons we will email all participants. Fees, if applicable, will be refunded.

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