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Tuesday, June 4, 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



Suicide Prevention: Releasing the Shame & Identifying the Resilience Beneath the Pain             


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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


This training is for anyone who wants to help to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Since suicidal ideation can occur at anytime, and is not reserved to a therapy office, the interventions in this training are designed to help anyone reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk.   We will explore ways to recognize when someone may be having thoughts of suicide.  Participants will practice ways to address those thoughts in the moment to help the person at risk regulate enough to connect with a safe other and, as soon as possible, a health care professional.  Ways to quickly reduce the shame, feelings of isolation, and lack of felt safety driving the suicidal ideation will be addressed.  We will help you identify the risk factors found in a suicide plan and how to dismantle it in a way that gains the cooperation of the focus person.  We will help you distinguish between a Safe Plan and a Safety Plan, as well as explore the difference in felt safety each produce in the person you are assisting.  Participants do not need any formal training to attend the workshop since it explores a way of being with people struggling with suicidal thoughts that allows for the development of the felt safety, connection and hope needed to help them connect with safe others until they can reach a trained professional.


  • Understand how personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and intervention.
  • Understand a collaborative, non-adversarial approach to identifying suicidality. 
  • Identify and address the risk factors found in a suicide plan.
  • Make shame-free connections between suicide protective factors and the Top Five Resilience Factors.


This session is designed for families and for staff of DD, 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).

Mary Vicario LPCC-S is a Certified Trauma Specialist who holds a Certificate in Traumatic Studies from The Child Trauma Center at The Justice Resource Institute.  She has over 30 years experience working with survivors turning the latest research into interventions for all ages and abilities. She was an American Counseling Association delegate to China & Mongolia, participated in a conference on human trafficking and guest lectured at Universities in Germany, receives training at International Trauma Conferences and Harvard Medical School, is a trainer for Ohio Child Welfare, co-authored the Foster Parents' Survival Guide, an article on Relational-Cultural Play Therapy in The International Journal of Play Therapy, trauma-responsive curricula and a textbook chapter on the neurobiology of attachment, trauma and repair from infant to adolescence in Counseling Children & Adolescents:  Connecting Theory, Development & Diversity, Sondra Smith-Adcock and Catherine Tucker Eds.  Mary is honored to provide Trauma Responsive Care Certification through the Tristate Trauma Network for anyone working with trauma survivors.   Mary can be reached at         

 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