The International Training Academy of Excellence is an educational provider, of LSF Health Systems (LSFHS), dedicated to training organizations on top issues that impact the behavioral health care system.
Schools, health facilities, human resources, and law enforcement call our team to train them on the latest, most productive and efficient methods in the areas of mental health, domestic abuse and substance use and misuses. We equip staff and employees with tactical, evidence-based strategies so they can continue to offer the best support possible to their employees and community. All trainings are customized to address the unique needs and goals of providers, families, and communities.
*Certified by the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Florida Certification Board, and CE Broker as an Education Provide
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The eight (8) – hour refresher course is designed for individuals who need to obtain and maintain ALF-LMH licensure. The focus of the course is a review of relevant statutes and administrative code. Successful passing of course exam is required to receive credit. To maintain good standing, ALF staff having client contact must complete this full day of training, which was developed by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) within six (6) months after the ALF obtains its Limited Mental Health License, or within six (6) months of hire for new staff. Following the initial training, three (3) hours of Mental Health continuing education is required every two years.
The Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) designation is an entry-level credential for persons who use their professional preparation in combination with their lived experience to help others achieve and maintain recovery from substance use and/or mental health conditions. This is a five (5) -day training for a total of 40 hours providing practical and experiential training on how to work as a peer specialist. There are three different endorsements of lived experience that certified professionals can add to the credential:
Attached you will find the link to complete the peer application. It will take time to complete in its entirety and in order to avoid duplicate applications, we ask that you only submit the application once. The survey does not allow you to save work, so please be sure to set aside time, at least 1 hour, for this process in order to answer each question thoroughly.
Peer application link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018-2019PeerTraining
Gain understanding of the field of child welfare and the ability to navigate and work within the Child Welfare System. Learn strategies to apply information learned towards client readiness in order to successfully meet goals. Participants will be able to learn how to discuss information on cases and how to work in partnership with systems integration. Participants will also learn to utilize the Access to Care line as a
caseworker/case manager, child protective investigator or family support specialist.
(CIT) Crisis Intervention Team is an eight (8)- hour training that provides updated information on the Memphis Model for Law Enforcement Personnel. Participants learn strategies to resolve crisis calls that place officers face-to-face with complex issues relating to mental illness. Community CIT programs are a collaborative effort bringing together the police and community to address common goals of safety, understanding, and service to individuals who have a mental illness and their families.
Focuses on awareness, knowledge, and understanding of diversity in our communities. At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:
This workshop provides innovative and transformative methods that can be used during the child therapeutic process to facilitate the exploration of fears, tap into strengths and process traumas. Learn innovative Solution-Focused, Person-Centered, and Cognitive-Behavioral child therapy techniques that can be applied while working with children.
This training will provide attendees with verbal de-escalation and conflict resolution tactics and strategies to utilize with someone who is in crisis. Participants will learn skills to effectively communicate with people in a crisis to reduce the possibility of physical intervention. The training will include techniques to handle crisis’ and understanding mental health crisis. Participants will engage in real life role plays to practice learned skills and assess safety and professional boundaries.
In this training, participants will learn signs that identify someone who may be a victim of domestic violence, how to talk to someone about the violence and how to prepare a safety plan with a victim. They will also learn the harm of victim-blaming and where to refer a victim for help. Statistics will be provided as well as an overview of common myths.
Training will vary slightly for Law Enforcement, Medical Personnel and Social Services as they each play a different part in identifying warning signs and engaging in safety planning.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. The various customized modules include; higher education, elderly, veterans and law enforcement.
The evidence behind Mental Health First Aid demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy – helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. Specifically, studies found that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.
Mental Health First Aid certification, which must be renewed every three years, helps trainees:
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course that teaches members of the public key skills to assist an adolescent who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The 8-hour course covers a range of common disorders and potential crises such as helping a young person who is having a panic attack, contemplating suicide or struggling with substance abuse.
Youth Mental Health First Aid certification teaches participants to:
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based approach to promoting positive behavior change. Years of research has shown Motivational Interviewing to be a well-established approach across a wide range of settings, problems, and populations. It is most effective for clients ambivalent about changing or initially not even considering making changes.
Level 1: Application in Diverse Settings
This 2-day training introduces MI theory and research, including how and why behavior changes. Learn the basic practice elements of MI and the fundamental processes of engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning with clients. We also contrast MI with other methods of behavior change. Through discussion, videos, and experiential exercises, you begin developing your MI skills.
To address the national and regional opioid epidemic, LSF Health Systems provides training on opioid use and misuse to contracted providers and non-providers in the Northeast Florida region. Training covers how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose by using intra-nasal naloxone (Narcan). Naloxone is a prescription medication that is used to reverse an opioid overdose. The two-hour courses are free and open to the public.
QPR is an evidence-based emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons created in 1995 by Dr. Paul Quinnett. As part of the “chain of survival” this course is designed to identify and interrupt the crisis and direct that person to proper care. Through discussions, experiential exercises and videos, participants learn:
Participants will understand the definition of Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Trauma. They will learn warning signs of burnout and prevention techniques they can use on a daily basis, as well as strategies that can be used while on the job.
Participants will understand the effects of sexual assault on a victim and on family members and how a mind in crisis may show a fragmented story. Participants will learn how to prepare a safety plan with a survivor of sexual assault as well as how to talk with them. Statistics will be provided as well as an overview of common myths.
This course trains case managers to effectively assist eligible individuals in applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
Gain an increased understanding of the SOAR Model of applying for SSI/SSDI including:
Gain an increased understanding of the following elements of service:
Learn the process, procedures and criteria for state mental health treatment facilities.
This workshop provides strength-based engagement interventions that can be used when working with challenging dynamics within individuals and families. This workshop addresses how to intervene, document and make a meaningful impact when encountering avoidance, aggression, dependency and obsessive dynamics. This workshop introduces the value of behavioral health documentation and commonly used documentation formats.
This course helps participants learn and recognize common indicators, signs and symptoms of substance abuse; provides practical steps to identify a psychoactive substance and those that are most common in communities; addresses cultural factors related to substance abuse in youth; and teaches strategies to prevent and respond in a community setting.
Targeted Case Managers must continually review and adhere to applicable state and/or federal rules, regulations, and contractual requirements. This eight (8-12) hour training covers the majority of topics required for new targeted case managers working in the behavioral healthcare field:
This workshop provides an introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), including mechanisms of TBI as well as signs, symptoms, severity levels, and rates of TBI in civilian and military populations. Recommendations for assessing, managing, and treating TBI are reviewed. The overlap between TBI and PTSD are discussed and the importance of care coordination strategies, resources, and services available to patients with TBI and their families are reviewed. This course is intended for mental health providers or medical professionals interested in gaining competency in working with individuals (military or civilian) who have sustained a TBI. The training hours vary for this course depending on audience needs.
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. This five (5) hour training addresses:
Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. It emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers.
Sponsored by the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, appropriate auxiliary aids and services are provided at no cost to deaf and hard-of-hearing clients and companions. Persons needing special accommodations to participate in any meeting/hearing should contact Fatou Mbaye at (904) 900-1075 for assistance.
LSF Health Systems is a managing entity contracted with the Department of Children and Families.