Friday, March 1, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
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Butler County Educational Service Center 
400 N. Erie Blvd.
Hamilton, OH 45011


Lauren Perry
FCFC Training Coordinator
Butler County Family & Children First Council

Your Trainer:

Rachel Ramirez, LISW-S, is the Director of Health and Disability Programs and the Founder of The Center on Partner-Inflicted Brain Injury at The Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN). Her focus is on supporting professionals and systems to better understand traumatic stress and the impact of brain injury, which translates into more accessible and effective services. She provides extensive statewide, national, and international training, technical assistance, consultation, and program support. Rachel is a licensed independent social worker and a registered advocate with senior standing and has been with ODVN for 16 years.

Cheryl Stahl, LPCC is ODVNs Substance Use/Mental Health Program Director. She is overseeing ODVNs substance abuse and mental health project to beter prepare domestic violence programs to serve survivors who use substances or are in recovery and/or have mental health diagnoses or concerns. Cheryl is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio and began her career volunteering on a crisis line at Townhall II in Portage County.  Cheryl has a great passion for working with the substance using/dependent population and continues to work to reduce the stigma associated with addiction and mental health. 


Domestic Violence, Behavioral Health, and the Pandemic's Impact

Domestic violence and behavioral health have always had a complicated and complex relationship. When the pandemic shut down the world, people impacted by family violence were among the most vulnerable, and the long-term effects will ripple for years. This training will discuss the dynamics of domestic violence, the trauma it causes, and its intersection with mental health and substance use. Explore the role abusers play in sabotaging and damaging a person’s mental and physical health.

Discuss the impact of domestic violence on children and a newly identified issue impacting domestic violence survivors---concussions and brain injuries, often caused by violence or substance use and overdose. Learn the CARE (Connect, Acknowledge, Respond, Evaluate) Framework, a evidenced based approach that includes strategies and tools to provide brain injury aware, trauma-informed behavioral health services. 

1. Participants will learn at least three ways domestic violence can impact a person’s mental health and substance use.
2. Participants will identify ways in which domestic violence can create barriers to accessing and participating in behavioral health services.
3. Attendees will have at least two strategies to assist them with integrating knowledge of brain injury into behavioral health services.

Cost: Free! (Priority will be given to partner agencies in Butler County)


Target Audience: Therapists/Counselors, Nurses, Psychologists, School Psychologists, Substance Use Counselors, Doctors, Mental Health Professionals, Case Managers, Justice Professionals, Etc. 




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