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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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Secret Life of Teens Virtual Training Series

Sexuality and the Adolescent Brain: This training is for those who engage with youth and seek to more fully understand the role of sexual expression in their lives. Often, adults take a “Just say NO” approach to sexual behavior without understanding the underlying drives behind a youth’s behavior. This training will look at how early childhood experiences, curiosity, and social messaging lay the foundation for relationship and sexual development.

September 16, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Colleen Mercuri-Johnson, MSW, LISW-S is the founder of Hope Tree Consulting LLC.



Teens and Social Media

In an age where 95% of teens report owning or having access to a smartphone, social media has now become synonymous with growing up. Often the source of frustration for parents and caregivers, understanding why and how youth use social media is the goal of this session. This session is unique in that you will hear directly from a youth who has spent the summer researching this specific topic.

September 16, 2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 


Anie Udosen, A junior at Fairfield High School. She is a Junior Representative of the Fairfield Youth Coalition where she work to find ways to prevent substance abuse among peers and Charla Henderson is the Butler County Coalition Coordinator for Healthy, Safe and Drug-Free Communities. Her work in youth substance-use prevention depends on her ability to connect and build strong relationships with young people.


Substance Use

Youth substance use and abuse is an everchanging field for prevention professionals. With new substances and technology on the rise, it is a challenge to keep up with it all. Our goal is to give parents, caregivers, and youth-serving professionals the proper tools to identify signs and symptoms of substance use, methods of use, and ways to encourage drug-free behavior in your home and programs.

September 17, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Trainer: Charla Henderson is the Butler County Coalition Coordinator for Healthy, Safe and Drug-Free Communities.

Suicide in the Teen Brain

In Suicide in the Teen Brain, we will discuss risk factors that are specific to teens. Pulling from the best experts in this area (teens) and from those working with and studying teen suicidality, you will gain a unique perspective on this topic. Envision Partnerships specializes in prevention and houses the Butler County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

September 17, 2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Trainers: Kristen Smith, Prevention Coordinator for Envision Partnerships and chair to the Butler County Suicide Prevention Coalition and Kristina Latta-Landefeld, Director of Community Programs. Kristina is a trained QPR Gatekeeper Training Instructor and supports the work of the Butler County Suicide Prevention


Cultural Humility: Laying a Foundation and Shifting the Narrative Virtual Training

Part 1: Laying a Foundation 9-24-20 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

Our individual lived experiences are instrumental in informing our beliefs, worldviews, and behaviors. Cultural Humility is required to effectively engage with others whose life experiences differ from our own. This workshop aims to provide insight into how survival is a universal human need that manifests in a multitude of ways. By recognizing how the traumatic stress of racism and other forms of oppression impact the brain and body, we are better able to identify the behaviors of ourselves and others through the lens of survival.

Part 2: Cultural Humility in Action - Shifting the Narrative 9-25-20 10:00 am -12:00 pm
This workshop explains oppression through its Ideological, Institutional, Interpersonal, and Internalized natures. Through this lens, organizations and individuals can examine how their structure and services and beliefs and actions contribute to oppressive systems. Participants are then given the opportunity to explore practical steps to begin shifting beliefs and behaviors to those of safety.

Trainer: La Shanda Sugg. Labors of Love Consulting

APPROVED BY THE SOH, CSWMFTB FOR 4.0 CEU'S FOR COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS PROVIDER #RSX050901 AND #RCX051001. Participants must attend both days, partial credit will not be given.


Developmental Relationships – Bring Intention to Practice

Date & Time: September 28th and 29th from 9:00 am – 10:30 am OR
September 28th and 29th 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Relationships are too important to leave to chance. Educational success and social-emotional development blossom when caring adults and supportive peers are present in young people’s lives. Extensive research has documented relationships as the roots of social and emotional development for youth. Yet many professionals who work directly with youth - especially youth from marginalized communities – face challenges in forming well-rounded relationships that connect with the diverse needs of youth. This two day workshop helps participants learn to be intentional and inclusive in strengthening relationships with young people. No CEUs are provided, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Choose either the morning or afternoon session. Participants must complete both days of training. Registration deadline 9-24-20.

Cost: Free

Register Here for 9-28 & 9-29; 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Register Here for 9-28 & 9-29 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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