Class Descriptions

Title: Advance Domestic Violence Training
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Intended Audience: OCFS Caseworkers

This full day training will enhance worker's skills needed to respond to the 60% overlap between child abuse and domestic violence in Maine. Presented by the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, the Office of Child and Family Services and community-based Domestic Abuse Resource Centers, this experienced training team will focus on the use of, "accountable language" and assessing safety and throughout the life of a case. Workers will witness a mock Batterer's Intervention group and come to understand their role in ending domestic abuse

Title: Advance Substance Abuse (This Program is open to OCFS Staff and Foster & Adoptive Parents)
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Intended Audience: OCFS Caseworkers

Presenters from MDEA, SAMHS and OCFS will discuss topics such as current trends in drug use in Maine, and tips for caseworkers in regards to their own safety when working with people and being in homes where there is substance use and or substances. There will be presentation on safe sleep concerns when parents are using substances. There will also be some information around substances affected infants, and fetal alcohol syndrome spectrum disorder. The day will end with discussion around safety organized practice with discussion of ideas around how caseworkers can work with families during relapse and still maintain safety for the children in the home

Title: Advanced Medical Indicators (This Program is open to OCFS Staff and Foster & Adoptive Parents)
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Intended Audience: OCFS Staff

Dr. Ricci, Medical Director of the Spurwink Child Abuse Clinic in Portland, will lead this full-day workshop, which will describe and examine the medical indicators of child physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Dr. Ricci will also provide information to help caseworkers understand when to seek further medical evaluations and tests, and how to give meaning to information obtained, in light of what we know about the dynamics of child abuse and neglect.

Title: Assessing Child Safety, Risk and Danger
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Intended Audience: OCFS Caseworkers

Introduces trainees to the process of assessment of safety, risk and danger in child welfare. Trainees are provided information on the process for assessing the level of severity of abuse/neglect, imminence, and impact of abuse and/or neglect on a child in child welfare referrals. The use of critical thinking skills in reaching informed decisions is discussed. The process of making a determination of the presence or lack of child abuse and/or neglect is outlined, as well as the assessment timelines per OCFS policy.

Title: Basic Retirement
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Intended Audience: DHHS Employees

This session is geared toward those who have less than 15 years of service. You will receive general information about the benefits available to you as a State employee and a member of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. The Retirement System will provide an overview of benefits followed by a Question & Answer period during this hour long session. Those attending are encouraged to bring a lunch or snack with them if they so choose. If you are planning to attend the more detailed Pre-Retirement session, you do not need to attend this class.

Title: Behavioral Regulations And Rights of People with Intellectual Disabilities
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Intended Audience: Developmental Services Case Mangers, Crisis Team Members, & Agency Staff

This training is combined in Region 8, 3 times a year, with Rights training. It explains Maine's Regulations Governing Emergency Interventions and Behavioral Treatment for People with intellectual disabilities and/or Autism. These regulations govern the use of emergency interventions and behavioral treatment in a manner consistent with maximizing the safety, well-being, independence, and inclusion of Maine citizens with intellectual disabilities or autism. You may find it helpful to review the regulations prior to the workshop at:

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oads/disability/ds/threeperson/home.htm

Title: Career Development
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees, foster and adoptive parents and the staff of social service agencies providing services to clients of the Department

How well do you know yourself and your match with your current career path? Are you in the process of making a change in career direction or thinking of taking a promotion? This program can help you determine not only what area to look at but also how well your career goal fits your personality and your life goals. Through various self assessments, participants will determine the fit between where they are now career -wise and where they want to be in 5 - 10 years. Knowing yourself better also aids in identifying areas of needed growth and areas of strength to promote your talents and skills in any job search. Participants will leave with a clearer picture of how to integrate skills, interests, talents, personality and education into career planning. Tips for filling out resumes, applications and answering tough job interview questions will be presented as well

Title: Competency Based Interviewing
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Supervisors & Managers of the Department of Health and Human Services and Social Service agencies providing services to clients of the Department

In this program participants will learn a Competency Based model of interviewing potential employees. Covered in the program will be how to make selection decisions based on competencies, that is patterns of behavior that distinguish high performers from others. Competency Based Interviewing focuses the conversation on past behavior, which is the best predictor of future performance; uses a set of predetermined questions to gather specific evidence of high performance; and provides information from candidates that assesses their respective suitability for the position. Participants will define competencies, develop interview questions and conduct mock interviews.

Title: Competency Based Interviewing
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Supervisors & Managers of the Department of Health and Human Services and Social Service agencies providing services to clients of the Department

In this program participants will learn a Competency Based model of interviewing potential employees. Covered in the program will be how to make selection decisions based on competencies, that is patterns of behavior that distinguish high performers from others. Competency Based Interviewing focuses the conversation on past behavior, which is the best predictor of future performance; uses a set of predetermined questions to gather specific evidence of high performance; and provides information from candidates that assesses their respective suitability for the position. Participants will define competencies, develop interview questions and conduct mock interviews.

Title: Conflict Resolution At Work (Leadership Development Certificate Program)
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees. Preference in enrollment for the individual classes will be given to those enrolling in the Certificate Program

Skill in the area of communications is critical to success as a supervisor. High performance at work requires successful collaboration. The basis for collaborative work relationships is a communication process that includes: listening for understanding, confronting effectively; and implementing solutions based on identified underlying needs of all parties. In this three-day, 18-hour program participants explore such concepts as "problem ownership", "roadblocks to communication" and "needs vs. solutions" and learn to resolve conflicts. The learning objectives for the program are that participants will be able to:

Explain, demonstrate and use the powerful skill of active listening;

Identify common listening errors;

Describe different confrontation styles and their impact;

Develop and deliver non-threatening confrontations;

Explain the effects of power in conflict resolution;

Participate in, and learn to lead, a six-step model of problem solving; and Demonstrate skills in managing conflict of values. This program is one of the required programs for the Leadership Development Certificate.

http://inet.state.me.us/dhhs/setu/training/introtodhhs/ (Optional Online Training)

Title: Contract Process For Program Staff
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This course is designed for Program Managers, Program Administrators, and Administrative Staff who are responsible for purchasing services in support of their program areas. The goals is to give Program Staff an understanding of the contract preparation process by developing a baseline of common contract terms and learning how to prepare quality contracts with accurate information submitted in accordance with established timelines. Attendees will gain insight into:

  • The Division of Contract Management organization and functions
  • The Single Point of Contact, and what they do
  • What an agreement is and when it's required
  • Types of agreements and how this affects the requirements
  • The Contract development process and the required information
Title: Critical Thinking
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees, foster and adoptive parents and the staff of social service agencies providing services to clients of the Department

Participants will discuss the varying approaches in identifying and resolving a variety of issues based on rational thought. This is an extension of the thinking that evolved during the Age of Reason. Participants will learn methods and questions to ask when determining what the problem really is and therefore how to approach it. There will be opportunities to apply certain methods in class and discuss the practical components of critical thinking theory (e.g. Bayesian logic).

Title: Developmental Services Person-Centered Planning
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Intended Audience: Providers, including case managers, conducting Person-Centered Planning for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is the required planning process for adults receiving developmental services in Maine. This training involves identifying and describing the person's needs and goals as well as the support services the person requires to live a meaningful and self-directed life utilizing the newly revised required process and format.

Title: Developmental Services Person-Centered Planning (Phase2)
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Intended Audience: Providers, including case managers, conducting Person-Centered Planning for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is the required planning process for adults receiving developmental services in Maine. This training involves identifying and describing the person's needs and goals as well as the support services the person requires to live a meaningful and self-directed life utilizing the newly revised required process and format.

Title: Developmental Services Rights Of People And Maine's Regulations Governing Emergency Interventions And Behavioral Treatment For People With Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism
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Intended Audience: Developmental Services Case Managers, Crisis Team Members, & Agency Staff

Participants will be introduced to 34-B MRSA 5601-5610, which describes the rights of Maine citizens with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. Direct support professionals and others who support individuals with intellectual disabilities must be familiar with these rights, both to ensure they are honored and to support the person to know them. Participants will also learn about Maine's Regulations Governing Emergency Interventions and Behavioral Treatment for People with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism. These regulations govern the use of emergency interventions and behavioral treatment in a manner consistent with maximizing the safety, well-being, independence, and inclusion of Maine citizens with intellectual disabilities or autism. You may find it helpful to review 34-B prior to the workshop at:

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/34-B/title34-Bch5sec0.html

Title: Developmental Services Rights of People with Intellectual Disabilities
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Intended Audience: Developmental Services Case Managers, Crisis Team Members, & Agency Staff

Rights training introduces participants to 34-B MRSA 5601-5610, which describes the rights of Maine citizens with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. Direct support professionals and others supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities must be familiar with these rights, both to ensure they are honored and to support the person to know them. This training is combined in Region II, four times a year, with the Behavior Regulations training. You may find it helpful to review 34-B prior to the workshop at: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/34-B/title34-Bch5sec0.html

Title: Developmental Services Rights, Behavioral Regulations & Reportable Events for People with Developmental Disabilities
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Intended Audience: Developmental Services Case Managers, Crisis Team Members, & Agency Staff

These three topics are combined within a single training session. Bring a lunch and join our roundtable discussion after the session for a chance to talk about real situations.

Participants will be introduced to 34-B MRSA 5601-5610, which describes the rights of Maine citizens with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. Any professionals supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorders must help their consumers to understand these rights. Professionals are also obligated to see that the rights of their clients are honored.

Participants will also learn about Maine's Regulations Governing Emergency Interventions and Behavioral Treatment for People with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism. These regulations govern the use of emergency interventions and behavioral treatment in a manner consistent with maximizing the safety, well-being, independence, and inclusion of Maine citizens with intellectual disabilities or autism.

Reportable Events instruction reviews Maine's regulations regarding mandated reporting for individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. It covers Reportable Events procedures, definitions, and the requirements for filing Reportable Events affecting individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or autism.

Title: DHHS Grant Pre-Approval Essentials
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Intended Audience: All DHHS Managers and staff involved in the writing, revision and/or approval of grant applications.

This training is required in order to gain access to the DHHS Grant Pre-Approval Application SharePoint site and to submit Grant Pre-Approval Applications for review by the Grant Review Committee. Any new staff with grant writing responsibilities should attend as well as anyone who needs additional instruction in the effective writing and submission of grant Pre-Approval applications.

It has been nearly two-years since the Department established a Grant Pre-Approval Committee and review process. Since its inception, well over 100 new and continuing grant applications have gone through the review process. In order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the review process, we are now using a fully paperless system through the use of SharePoint, an electronic document management system. To facilitate a smooth transition, we want to be sure that everyone involved in grant making across the Department understands the purpose and requirements of the DHHS Grant Pre-Approval process. To this end, this training addresses:

Overview of the Grant Pre-Approval process and requirements for submission. Developing, writing and critically evaluating measureable grant objectives, outcomes and performance measures. Using SharePoint to submit, manage and edit the grant pre-approval application. Requirements for submitting grant financial information to the Service Center. Upon successful completion of the training, you will be given permission to access the necessary forms and information to submit your Grant Pre-Approval application through the SharePoint site.

Title: Facilitating Successful Meetings
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Intended Audience: This program is designed to provide skills in facilitating and managing group meetings and is open to all staff with these responsibilities.

Credit: .6 CEU's

More individuals are being called upon to facilitate meetings with their colleagues, service providers and others. Some will be naturally comfortable in the facilitator role; however, many of us benefit from building skills in handling the common concerns that arise in meetings. All too often time spent in meetings is wasted. In this program, we work on methods to assure productivity and results. Do you need to develop skills in planning meetings? Leading them? Handling disruptive behaviors? Bringing groups to decisions? Topics in the program are: pre-planning, agenda setting, facilitating and recording techniques, decision making methods, balancing “process” and “content” in meetings, and techniques for encouraging behaviors that keep meetings on track and minimizing behaviors that are disruptive or counterproductive.

Title: Fact Finding Child Interviewing, Signs of Safety/Questioning Approach
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Intended Audience: OCFS Caseworkers

In order to accomplish the learning objectives for interviewing, we begin exploring the different types of interviewing methods including their similarities and differences. The focus will be on our Fact-Finding protocol and the questioning approach in Signs of Safety.

Fact-Finding Interviewing begins by focusing on the theoretical underpinnings and phases of the interview. Then trainees are given the opportunity to practice their skill and get feedback. The Signs of Safety questioning approach will focus on the various types of questions used in order to engage with families and gather information during our work with them.

Title: Failure To Thrive Diagnosis, Treatment and Family Support
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Intended Audience: OCFS Staff, Foster Parents and ARP Staff

This 3 hour presentation with Dr. Lawrence Ricci from the Spurwink Child Abuse program will highlight the complex dynamics that surround Failure to Thrive in children. He will review diagnosis, treatment and support that may be needed to ensure the safety of children with this disorder

Title: Family Dynamics
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Intended Audience: OCFS Caseworkers

Defines and explores the issue of family dynamics as observed in child welfare casework. Specific definitions and dynamics of race, ethnicity, culture, and values within family systems are reviewed. Participants are challenged to consider their own family values as they pertain to issues of counter-transference and triangulation. Family Systems Theory and its implications for casework are discussed and concepts are put into practice. Participants will also have the opportunity to further understand and define characteristics of a healthy family system and those of a family experiencing stress.

Title: Family Team Meetings (FTM) and Intro to Facilitated Family Team Meetings (FFTM)
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Intended Audience: OCFS Caseworkers

Training and discussion around the philosophy and underpinnings of family team meetings. Throughout, it is stressed that this model operates on a strength based perspective and that it is the responsibility of the Office of Child and Family Services to support families and unite family and community resources into a family team. Trainees are then introduced to the Signs of Safety questioning approach, gaining an understanding of their use in engagement and the preparation process. The training then moves into the steps and agenda of an FTM, preparation for a FTM and the role of the facilitator and co-facilitator. This is followed by a quick introduction about documentation of FTM and FFTMs.

Title: Impact of Child Abuse and Neglect on Families and Children
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Intended Audience: OCFS Caseworkers

This topic begins by looking at common ideas about abuse and neglect. Discussion and activities throughout the training focus on the various abuse types. New trainees are exposed to the many considerations related to weighing out the decisions around defining harm, severity and impact.

Title: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Working With Native American Tribal Child Welfare
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Intended Audience: OCFS Staff Only

This specialized session provides the background and rationale for specialized child welfare policy and practice in working with Native American children. A historical perspective of child welfare practice in Native American communities is provided, leading to an overview of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Guest presenters from Maine's Tribal Child Welfare system are contracted to facilitate the session, lending their expertise and first-hand perspective in working with this population. Also discussed is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Title: Intake
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Intended Audience: OCFS Caseworkers Only

This 6 hour core training will provide an overview of the typical duties of a Child Protective Intake Caseworker, both during normal business hours and after hours. Caseworkers will job shadow Intake Caseworkers to be able to listen to a live call being made to the Child Protective hotline, observe a Child Protective report and/or narrative logs being entered into MACWIS, learn how to make an Out of Home Investigation (OOHI) report, a Drug Affected Baby (DAB) report, a report to the District Attorney, and learn various databases that Intake uses to gather more information about a family's composition and demographics. Caseworkers will learn the criteria for reports to be assigned for assessment versus reports that are not assigned for assessment, and how long documentation is kept in MACWIS. Caseworkers will also learn the importance of using special instructions and how to contact Intake when needed.

Title: Introduction on the Impact of Domestic Abuse on Families and Children, Linkage project
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Intended Audience: OCFS Caseworkers

Introduces the dynamics of domestic violence and the impact that it has on adult victims, child victims and how to identify these dynamics in a family. Safety planning will also be discussed as well as an introduction to the DV CPS liaison describing their role and how and when to access them. Included in the training are some documentation tips, assessment tips and planning around the intricacies of DV in some everyday caseworker tasks.

Title: Introduction on the Impact of Substance Abuse on Families and Children
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Intended Audience: OCFS Caseworkers

Addresses the impact of substance use on families. We will define some commonly used words that are used in substance use, statistics from Maine, personal reflection around people who use substances. We will also discuss what we might see in children who live with caregivers that have substance abuse disorders, what may be going on with individuals who have abused substances, the laws around substances affected infants and other pertinent law and policy.

Title: Introduction to Child Welfare/Foundation of Signs of Safety
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Intended Audience: OCFS Caseworkers

The Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) Practice Model and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Guiding Principles provide the framework for the introductory day. The purpose of new worker training, and the roles of trainees and trainers are reviewed. Caseworkers are introduced to DHHS Guiding Principles, OCFS Child Welfare Policy and Practice Model and the importance of connecting these to caseworker practice. They are also introduced to the four components of the Practice Model Implementation Initiative and the case flow continuum as well. The practice of Signs of Safety is introduced starting with the four components that build the foundation of the Signs of Safety. These components are honoring, strength based, questioning approaches and safety organized practice.

Title: Introduction to PowerPoint
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Intended Audience: DHHS Employees Only

PowerPoint is a powerful tool for creating professional and memorable presentations and training content. This 3 hour class covers terms used in PowerPoint 2010 and how to set up and deliver a presentation, use built in features such as layouts and slide designs, inserting content such as: bullet points, clip art, pictures, sound, word art, smart graphics and video, and using animation and transitions effectively.

Title: Legal Training
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Intended Audience: OCFS Staff Only

Presented by Nora Sosnoff, AAG: The training begins by discussing substantiated, indicated and unsubstantiated findings. The training moves into case flow focusing on law and procedure during each part of a case. Petition writing is explained, getting ready for court and discovery is reviewed. Factual documentation is stressed throughout the training. The various types of hearings are explained from initial court action to TPR and how to prepare for court. The trainees will have the opportunity to practice being a witness and being questioned by legal interns

Title: Maine Driving Dynamics
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Intended Audience: DHHS Staff Only

The Maine Driving Dynamics course is a driver improvement course that is aimed to improve a person's defensive driving awareness and abilities. This five-hour course includes discussion of collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that constantly challenge drivers on Maine's highways. The goal of the training is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce vehicle-related crashes.

A person who completes this course will receive a three-point credit on their driving record.

Title: Managing Difficult Calls
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees, foster and adoptive parents and the staff of social service agencies providing services to clients of the Department

This three-hour program is designed to enhance staff skill in controlling calls- especially when callers are difficult, while continuing to deliver high quality customer service. Among the topics to be covered are: types of difficult callers, good listening skills, summarizing calls and dealing with emotions, yours and the callers'. The day will end with some basic stress management techniques for maintaining composure in a challenging work environment.

Title: Managing In State Government (Enrollment done by HR Notification)
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Please do not register online for this program.

Enrollment is done by Referral from Human Resources to the Staff Education & Training Unit

Credit: 1.8 CEU’s

This three day program is designed for new supervisors in State government, specifically those working for the Department of Health and Human Services. In part, the program will focus on the role of the supervisor in an organization especially in relation to developing measurable performance expectations and holding employees accountable to them. The program will also cover policies and procedures that are unique to supervisors within State Government.

The agenda for the first day of the program includes information on: Employee interviewing and selection; and Developing measurable performance expectations; The second day’s agenda will include: Americans with Disabilities Act; Harassment; Language Access; Domestic Violence; Wellness and Safety ; Family Medical Leave Act; Workers’ Compensation; and Time and Attendance. The third day’s agenda will include: Coaching for Improved Job Performance (Accountability); The Employee’s Assistance Program (EAP); and Employee Discipline and Contract Administration.

New supervisors will be notified directly as to dates and the location of the program upon SETU's notification of your promotion/hire. You will receive links to a series of on-line trainings which are required to be completed before you will receive credit for attending.

Title: Medical Indicators of Child Abuse and Neglect
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Intended Audience: OCFS Caseworkers

This presentation on Medical Indicators of Abuse and Neglect will familiarize the participants with the physical and behavioral indicators of child abuse and neglect. Participants will view pictures of bruises and injuries paying particular attention to differentiating between accidental and inflicted injuries. Dr. Ricci presents this session through a PowerPoint with the trainer in the room providing for open discussion.

Title: Negotiation Skills
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees, foster and adoptive parents and staff of Social Service agencies providing services to clients of the Department.

This all day workshop follows the book Getting To Yes and a negotiation model developed through the Harvard Negotiation Project. Through presentation and activities, participants will explore underlying interests and how to reach agreements that serve both parties. The program demonstrates how to transform the process of negotiation from adversarial confrontation to mutual problem solving. This model is designed for use in situations where both parties have opportunities to negotiate.

Title: OADS Case Management Orientation (2day Training)
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Intended Audience: New Office of Aging and Disability Services Case Managers and Community Case Managers (New - hired on or after 1/1/2013)

Day 1 Case Management Orientation will encompass two days. Day One is an overview of OADS vision, values, plan and structure including the history and expectations of case management. A summary of the five basic programs: Waiver and State Plan Services; Long Term Services and Supports; Brain Injury Services; Adult Protective and Guardianship including Estate Management and Developmental Services will be presented. Day 2 Day Two focus is on the role and function of OADS Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement, case management documentation requirements and locating resources for clients. The afternoon will comprise of two break-out sessions for Developmental Services or Aging Services Case Management.

Title: Office of Child & Family Services (OCFS) Orientation Training
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Intended Audience: DHHS Staff Only

The OCFS New Employee Training is designed to inform new employees within OCFS of the various aspects of OCFS. The OCFS mission statement is reviewed as well as other major DHHS offices. The OCFS organizational charts and staff roles are reviewed stressing that OCFS is all one team working together for the children and families of Maine. Statistics of the populations served are reviewed as well as confidentiality, where to find policy and law, professionalism, and the work environment. Hope Tormey will present her role in recruitment and retention of staff. The training ends with a discussion of self-care.

Title: Parent Effectiveness Training for People who Relate with Teens
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees, foster and adoptive parents and the staff of social service agencies providing services to clients of the Department

You know that parenting or working with children can be challenging. Probably no other age group is as challenging as teenagers. Memories of our own teen years are usually not a good guide for our interaction with the teens we work or live with today; and just being an adult doesn't mean we always know what to do. In spite of how testy the relationship can seem with a teenager, most adults and most teens do care about having healthy and caring relationships.

How to Relate to Teens with Parent Effectiveness Training offers a program of proven communication skills that can lead to:

Teens being more open to discussing their problems and concerns with you instead of withdrawing.

A clearer understanding of behaviors you find unacceptable and therefore more likelihood of changing them to more acceptable ones

You learning how to work with each other to resolve problems by recognizing the underlying needs of each party.

Learning to resolve conflicts when your values and the values of your teen collide.

The learning objectives for the program are that participants will be able to:

Explain, demonstrate and use the powerful skill of active listening;

Identify common listening errors;

Describe different confrontation styles and their impact;

Develop and deliver a non-threatening confrontation;

Explain the effects of power in conflict resolution;

Participate in, and learn to lead a six-step model of problem solving; and

Demonstrate skills in managing conflicts of values.

Since each session builds on the skills learned and practiced in the previous session, attendance at all sessions is required. If you are unable to attend all sessions, please do not register for this program. Participation in classroom activities as well as practicing the skills between sessions is required in this program.

Title: PCP Service Planning & Goal Writing for Providers
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Audience: Home, Community and Work Service Providers for people with intellectual disabilities and autism

Learn more about and practice Service Planning and Goal writing for the Person-Centered Planning process that is focused on increasing community inclusion, building competencies and strengthening relationships. This 2 and a half hour session will review what you learned in the initial PCP training. Spend time using tools to gather information and develop service plans and goals. Q & A will be focused on Service Planning and Goal Writing so bring your questions.

Title: Performance Management
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Intended Audience: DHHS Supervisors & Managers

This program provides the opportunity to learn about the State's revised performance management form, recently adopted by DHHS.

A critical responsibility of a supervisor or manager is to set performance expectations for employees to assure that their efforts further the goals of the organization. In order to accomplish this, employees need to know in clear and measurable terms what is expected of them.

In this three hour program participants will learn how to develop clear and measurable performance expectations for guiding employees.

Title: Permanency 2 - Understanding Permanency Options for Children
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Intended Audience: Those that have attended Permanency 1 through new worker training

This is an extension of the Permanency 1 two day training. It covers the permanency options of Adoption and Permanency Guardianship and continues the focus on the need for permanency for children in the Department's care. It identifies the differences in the two permanency options of adoption and Permanency Guardianship and the social worker's role and fundamental responsibilities involved in these options. It outlines how these options are reached through the Concurrent Planning and Family Team Meeting processes. Inter- jurisdictional placements (ICPC) are briefly discussed as well. Resource Parent and Youth panels appear separately presenting their views and experiences from their unique perspectives of caring for foster children and from being in care, along with question and answer sessions.

Title: Permanency Session 1 (New Worker Training)
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Intended Audience: OCFS Caseworkers

This training will focus on permanency, its definition and the options available to children and families involved with the DHHS /OCFS. Day One will address how important it is to have children remain with their families as long as it is safe, and how reunification is our number one goal for children who enter into our care. It will reference OCFS policy and procedures and outline the caseworker's role and responsibilities for permanency planning in Service Cases, Preparing for (out-of-home) Placement, and Reunification Cases. Permanency Session 1-Day Two: This training is an extension of the Day One training and further develops caseworkers understanding of their role and responsibilities in permanency planning. It introduces caseworkers to Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, out-of-home placement work with Visitation, Educational Stability, Trial (return home) Placement, Cease Reunification and the Termination of Parental Right (TPR) casework responsibilities

Title: Pre- Retirement
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Intended Audience: DHHS Employees This session is geared toward those who are planning to retire within the next 5 years (ie you have 15 or more years of service and/or are age 55 or older). In addition to providing you with an overview of your Maine Public Employees Retirement System benefits, this session provides detail about how your retirement benefit will be calculated, how life insurance works in retirement and about what to expect during the retirement process. This session is one and one-half hours long. If you decide this is the type of session for you, you will not need to attend the Retirement Basics session.

Title: Presentation Skills
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees, foster and adoptive parents and the staff of social service agencies providing services to clients of the Department.

The fifth session is voluntary and intended as a help day to assist participants in readying for their final presentations. Attendance at all other sessions is required to receive credit for the program and there are, unfortunately, no opportunities for make- up sessions. In today's organization, professionals at all levels are being called upon to make presentations, some planned and many impromptu. In this six-session program participants will learn techniques for preparing and organizing presentations, including developing effective openings, covering main points, making smooth transitions and ending with appropriate closings. Skills in handling difficult audience participants will be covered and each participant will give several presentations and receive individual feedback. One session will be devoted to the use of PowerPoint in designing presentations.

Title: Psychosocial Assessment
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Intended Audience: OCFS Staff Only

This training is designed to help participants to be able to write a psychosocial assessment of a family. It initiate's participants thinking in a more complete manner about what additional information may be needed about a caregiver. This process can assist caseworkers in developing key questions that would be asked of the mental health professional around caregiver functioning and capacity to change as it relates to child safety, permanence and well-being.

Title: Resiliency
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees. Preference in enrollment for the individual classes will be given to those enrolling in the Certificate Program.

The American Psychological Association defines "resilience" as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as an ability to recover from or adjust easily to change or misfortune. Research shows us that resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary, and that people commonly demonstrate it; yet the current economic climate presents factors that challenge each of us, regardless of our respective lines of work.

In this program participants will focus on the potential for personal burnout and will learn the answers to such questions as who is and who tends to be most resilient and why. The program offers a four-step process for building resiliency amid increasing demands. Topics will include clarifying personal missions, identifying the values behind motivation, surviving change and managing time, energy and stress.

The process of developing resilience is a personal journey. Participants will complete individual assessments and will leave the program with personal action plans developed during the session.

This program is one choice of 3 elective programs for the Leadership Development Certificate.

Title: Savvy CareGiver
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The Savvy Caregiver Program teaches what dementia is and how it affects people's behavior. You will learn how to manage this incurable, life-altering medical condition. You will learn tips and strategies for interacting and communicating with your person and understand and learn how to manage challenging behaviors. You will develop a sense of confidence in your abilities as a caregiver and learn how to care for yourself as well.

Title: Staff Safety
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Intended Audience: DHHS Employees Only

Preparation and awareness are the two most important components of maintaining one's safety. Knowing how to assess a situation, plan ahead when an interaction has the potential for danger and paying attention once we are in a situation assists us in staying safe. While no training program can guarantee a risk free world, this one day program will provide a wide range of options available to staff who may encounter angry people or situations with potential risk. The program will address the need for boundaries, both physical and psychological; provide practical de-escalation techniques; address what to pay attention to when in a crisis situation; essential skills that assist us when interacting with angry or hostile people; understand and build skill in disengaging; and tips for staying safe in the office and in the field.

This is not a self-defense course. This program will address safety both in the office and out in the field.

Title: Strategic Planning (Leadership Development Certificate Program)
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees. Preference in enrollment for the individual classes will be given to those enrolling in the Certificate Program

Strategic Planning is the process of defining strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating resources to assure that strategies are implemented to drive overall objectives. Development of a strategic plan for use as a guide for measuring progress toward objectives is critical for efficient and effective utilization of resources. Supervisors play important roles in both developing and implementing plans. In this program participants will learn a strategic planning model involving clarifying a mission; determining overall goals for a specific time period; writing specific, measurable objectives to drive the goals; and developing strategies and action plans designed to reach each objective. This program is one of the required programs for the Leadership Development Certificate.

http://inet.state.me.us/dhhs/setu/training/introtodhhs/ (Optional Online Training)

Title: Stress Management
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees, foster and adoptive parents and the staff of social service agencies providing services to clients of the Department.

This one day program is designed to give participants an opportunity to experience a variety of ways to handle stress. The program will look at how each of us views stressful events and the effect our perceptions have on our well being. Also included in the program will be an opportunity to explore some physical stress management techniques such as guided imagery, relaxation exercises, Tai Chi and others. Exercise and the benefits of it will be discussed. Participants are asked to wear clothing that is comfortable, as we will be practicing techniques which will involve movement. DHHS employees, please bring a change of clothing so you will be in compliance with the office attire policy if you are returning to your work site after the program.

Title: Suicide Prevention: Gatekeeper Training (Sorry, Lunch no longer provided)
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees, Foster and Adoptive Parents and the staff of social service agencies providing services to clients and anyone who wants to learn about preventing suicide.

This training is one of a comprehensive set of strategies sponsored by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Injury Prevention to prevent suicide in Maine. The training is a basic suicide prevention program that will explore common misconceptions about suicide, identify warning signs, clues, risk and protective factors, and teach intervention steps to prevent a suicide attempt. The training also acknowledges the impact and aftermath of suicidal behavior as well as a completed suicide. Each participant will receive resource materials they can use in their work with anyone at risk of suicide. The program is interactive with opportunities for discussion and practice of intervention skills. Gatekeepers are individuals, who by the nature of their job, their special interest in people, or in their personal relationships and friendships are in a position to recognize suicidal behavior, respond and refer for help. They may make the difference between life and death. Participants will not be expected to be "suicide experts" at the conclusion of the day, but can expect to have increased confidence in their ability to recognize and manage suicidal behavior. Preventing suicide is everyone's business and anyone can be a gatekeeper.

Title: The Role Of The Supervisor (Leadership Development Certificate Program)
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees. Preference in enrollment for the individual classes will be given to those enrolling in the Certificate Program

Before stepping into the role of a supervisor it is helpful to know what function supervisors fulfill in the workplace. This half-day program will focus on the challenges supervisors face in responding to many and sometimes conflicting demands and the impact of the supervisory cycle, particularly planning, in meeting program objectives. http://inet.state.me.us/dhhs/setu/training/introtodhhs/ (optional online training)

Title: Understanding The Impact Of Generational Poverty
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees, Foster and Adoptive Parents and the staff of social service agencies providing services to clients of the Department

How often do we make assumptions that people living in poverty are in that situation because they have made choices that put them there? How many of us are aware that people from poverty are generally isolated with few opportunities to interact with those not in situations like them? The goal of this program is to increase awareness of the effects of generational poverty on a person's ability to cope and to progress with service plans Program objectives are: 1) to increase understanding of the culture imposed by a life of poverty, including the impact on organizational skills, ability to understand verbal directions, communication styles and rapport building; and 2) to provide tips for working with families/individuals from poverty that are proven to address these issues and increase the potential for successful service plans.

Title: Upgrading to Office 2010
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Intended Audience: DHHS Employees Only

Are you in the process of going from MS Office 2003 to Office 2010? If so, you may find many changes in the look and functionality of the software programs we typically use in our work. Terms such as "the ribbon", "dialog drop down boxes" and "Office button" may be unfamiliar to you. This class introduces you to the changes in both terms and use of the programs. Topics include: customizing toolbars, finding commands, understanding the organization of the ribbon and tips on making 2010 more efficient.

Title: Video Display Terminal
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Intended Audience: All DHHS Staff

An ergonomics training class designed to cover the common needs at the video display terminal for employees that spend at least 4 hours a day at their computer.

This class will focus on "fitting the work to the worker and not the worker to the work"

We will discuss chair fit, keyboard position, monitor height, work surface height, pointing devices position and use, as well as other important ergonomic concepts at the workstation.

This will allow employees to understand and implement general ergonomic principles for their workspace.

Title: Visual Gestural Communication
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Intended Audience: Developmental Services direct support professionals, program managers, family members and case managers

VGC Visual-Gestural Communication (VGC) is useful to many people who need an alternative technique for expressing and understanding the wants and needs of other people in their environment. VGC is not a language like English, American Sign Language, or French. It is a communication mode that uses gestures, facial expressions, and body language. Often individuals who cannot communicate effectively using either a spoken language like English or a formal signed language like ASL, will be able to communicate more effectively using natural gestures. In our classes, we help you to think visually and conceptually, and to use Visual-Gestural Communication to communicate more effectively with people who have limited formal language.

Title: Working Within OCFS
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Working within OCFS begins with a video welcome by Director Therese Cahill Low. The OCFS mission statement is reviewed as well as other major DHHS offices and their role. The OCFS organizational charts and staff roles are reviewed stressing that OCFS is all one team working together for the children and families of Maine. Statistics of the populations served are reviewed as well as confidentiality, where to find policy and law, time management, professionalism, and the work environment. Hope Tormey will present her role in recruitment and retention of staff. The second half of the day is focused on self-awareness and self-care. The goal is to provide staff with strategies to ensure they have tools to allow them to know how they impact others they work with, their strengths/challenges. The end of the training offers tips to caring for themselves to avoid burn out and be retained as staff in OCFS.

Title: Writing Skills
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees. Preference in enrollment for the individual classes will be given to those enrolling in the Certificate Program

Writing such as documentation of justifications for decisions and/or written materials that may become legal documents challenge writers to use clear language, present only relevant facts and findings, organize materials, and use appropriate grammar and punctuation. Through presentation, discussion, and group activities participants will explore: the use of plain language; recording only actual observations; organizing material; and grammar and punctuation.

This program is one of 3 elective programs for the Leadership Development Certificate.

Title: Youth Mental Health First Aid
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Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees, foster and adoptive parents and the staff of social service agencies providing services to clients of the Department

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program focused on equipping adults who work with youth (ages 12-25) who may be experiencing a mental health challenge or in a crisis with the tools to intervene effectively. Through the use of role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care participants will learn: The risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.

  • Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling.
  • Participants learn a core five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis:
  • How to assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • How to listen nonjudgmentally
  • To give reassurance and information
  • How to encourage appropriate professional help
  • How to encourage self-help and other support strategies The course is designed for those who regularly interact with adolescents and young adults. Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid provides help to a person with a mental health problem or someone experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or until the crisis is resolved. This program was developed by Mental Health First Aid USA who worked with experts at the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to adapt the Australian youth manual for US audiences. The curriculum was developed by the three partners that manage the Mental Health First Aid USA which include National Council for Behavioral Health, Missouri Department of Mental Health and Maryland Department of Mental Health & Hygiene.