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Monday, May 6, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
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Child Focus Training Center 
4633-B Aicholtz Road
Cincinnati, OH 45244

 GPS, Default Maps and I phone maps        still need to update our address. Important Direction Details: From 275 Take exit 63A-West toward NEWTOWN,  once on State Route 32 turn left  at the Mt Carmel-Tobasco Road  Stop light. You will also see Kroger on the left. At the next light turn left onto Aicholtz Road. Once you turn left onto Aicholtz, the Child Focus Training Center is on  the right handside across from Kroger. (You will see TRAINING CENTER on the front window.)






Shelley Drummond-Training Center Office Manager 
Child Focus, Inc. 

Sponsored by the Family Advisory Board 

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We will send information regarding updates and cancellations to the email address used to register for the training. We will also have this information updated on the CFI website under the Training Tab. 

FEE: Free

Light Refreshments will be served between  6:00pm-6:30pm. If arriving for refreshments please register in advance.

Mental Health and Youth

13-20% of children in the U.S. (1 out of 5) experience a mental health condition in a given year

50% of children ages 8-15 experiencing a mental health condition do not receive treatment

17% of high school students seriously consider suicide

1/2 of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14

 NAMI Ending the Silence (ETSis an engaging presentation that helps audiences learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what to do if you or a loved one show symptoms. In presentations, a lead presenter shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.                                                 

 The presentation includes:                                                                                           Warning signs                                                                                                                                             Facts and statistics                                                                                                           How to talk with your child and how to work with school staff


The goal of NAMI ETS is to create a generation of students who are well-positioned to end the silence and stigma surrounding mental illness. 




Please note:  Because we are not able to control the room temperature to fit everyone’s needs, we encourage you to dress in layers to better accommodate your personal comfort level.

Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is accessible to wheelchairs. If you need any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Melanie Palmer at

Presenter: Marsha Skaggs, MA, LPCC-S, has more than 30 years of experience providing case management, victim advocacy, individual, family and group therapy services with at risk children, youth, and adults in a variety of community settings.  She was also an approved trainer for abuse prevention programs and a parenting program.  In 1990, Marsha and her husband, Bryon, were the first foster family licensed by Child Focus’ foster care program.  Over the course of 21 years, they fostered 27 children and adopted their two sons.  Since 2013, they have traveled to India eight times to provide support and training for pastors, staff of a boys’ home, and staff of after-care agencies serving children, youth and young women who are survivors of human trafficking or who were at risk of exploitation.  In the spring of 2017, they traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal for an extended visit with The Apple of God’s Eyes (AOGE). AOGE is an International Non-Government Organization (INGO) working to rescue and provide safe after care homes for girls trapped in human trafficking as well as boys and girls who are impoverished and at risk of exploitation or becoming exploiters.  In the midst of their visit, leadership of AOGE, invited the Skaggs to join their team, with the focus being working with the boys.  In January, 2018, Bryon and Marsha moved to Kathmandu. They work with teens and young men, helping to support their education, the development of social and independent living skills, and exploring careers and employment.  They have become parents to four teen boys between the ages of 13 and 18 and are aunt/uncle or grandparent figures to many more youth.  Marsha provides some individual therapeutic services and ongoing training for house parents and AOGE staff.  Marsha continues working toward certification as a Registered Play Therapist.