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Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM EDT
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Child Focus, Inc 
4633-B Aicholtz Road
Cincinnati, OH 45244

GPS, Default Maps and I phone maps still need to update. From our street name change. 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 hand side across from Kroger. (You will see TRAINING CENTER on the front window.)


Shelley Drummond 
Child Focus, Inc 

Hosted by the Resilience Project and Child Focus, Inc



Meeting in the Middle: The Healing Power of Collaborative Problem Solving May 2019                

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FEE: Attendance is FREE

Important fee information regarding CEUs:

$15.00 for 3.0 CEUs for Ohio Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psychologists

FREE Department of Developmental Disabilities CEUs- Pending approval


Course Content

When people challenge us with actions or attitudes that feel unsafe, as caregivers our well meaning attempts to help can often fall into a cycle of frustration and power struggle resulting in a lose/lose outcome. To create a manageable framework in which to address these challenges, this interactive training will introduce participants to the brain chemistry underlying common challenges such as aggression, opposition, lying and stealing so they can be understood in context. Once viewed in the context of a survival skill, complicated issues and unsafe actions can be reframed as solvable challenges.  Participants will practice recognizing common problem solving barriers that often lead to power struggles and lose/lose outcomes. They will also explore how to use a Collaborative Problem Solving approach (CPS) to empathically work with others to address challenges and facilitate mutually satisfying solutions.   


Upon completing this training participants will be able to:

1.  Describe and apply the core concepts of collaborative problem solving.

2.  Reframe challenges as solvable problems

3.  Identify and address differing perspectives or survival skills that result in impasses

4.  Work through problem solving barriers that result in power struggles to create win/win outcomes. 

5.  Develop an empathic and collaborative approach to addressing challenges with those we serve, teams or family and friends.


This session is designed for families and for staff of disability, mental health and family organizations who are interested in learning more about the impact of trauma and helping those impacted by trauma to build resilience


The Resilience Project is administered by Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (GCBH) with the support of these partner agencies: Child Focus, Hamilton County DD Services, Clermont County Board of DD, Butler and Clermont County FCFC, and Families Connected of Clermont County. The Resilience Project receives funding through a Strong Families Safe Communities grant from Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).

Presenter: Mary Vicario, LPCC –S has been passionate about working with trauma survivors and training on trauma informed care for over 25 years. She trains nationally and internationally on trauma informed care, and collaborates with professors from Wellesley College and Harvard University to turn the latest trauma and brain chemistry research into interventions for survivors of all ages and ability levels. Since 1992, she has been pleased to bring home to Ohio the latest in relational neuroscience and trauma research to create cutting edge training and programming in our community.    She co-authored The Foster Parent Survival Guide a workbook that brings to life day to day interventions based on the neuroscience of healing to assist Children’s Services, foster parents and agencies in their work with the children in their care.

Continuing Education                                                                                                                                            Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists: The Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is approved through the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board. This program is offered for 3.0 clock hours of continuing education for counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. Social Work Provider#: RSX129410 Counselor Provider#: RCX029503 Marriage and Family Therapist Provider#: RTX091001                                                                                                                                               Psychologists: The Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association MCE program to offer continuing education for Ohio psychologists. This program is offered for 3.0 clock hours of continuing education for psychologists. Child Focus, Inc., 00PD-3109-52668, maintains responsibility for the program.

 Department of Developmental Disabilities- Pending approval.   

Cancellation Policy: The Training Center must be notified 7 days prior to a training via telephone, fax or email in order to cancel a registration and receive a full refund.

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. 

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 Recchia at