Department of Mental Health and Substance Use Services: Training Opportunities for March 2022

Training Date   Registration  Link
Keeping Babies in Mind While Working with Parents Wednesday, March 2, 2022 8:30-12:30
Keeping Babies in Mind Training Description: The goal of this training is to build a foundation of knowledge in parent-child relationships to create holistic plans of safe care for families. Participants will learn the unique mental health needs of infants and young children, which are directly related to the needs of parents.   Participants will also identify key basics of development and attachment and will explore how early experiences are related to later health and well-being through lecture, discussion and activities. One of the primary goals of the training will be putting these pieces together so that treatment planning can be strengthened to improve outcomes for families.  The target audience is service providers or individuals who are working with parents who are also receiving substance abuse services.
Training Date Time Registration  Link
Looking at Diversity through the Lens of Trauma and Resilience while Supporting Parents and Babies Wednesday, March 9, 2022 8:30-12:30
Looking at Diversity Training Description: To fully support infants, children, and families it is necessary to intentionally address diversity, trauma, and resilience. Participants of this training will begin by viewing the documentary, Resilience, which will set the stage to discuss the multiple effects of trauma and how trauma is passed down inter-generationally.  Through this trauma informed lens, the Diversity-Informed Infant Mental Health Tenets will be discussed.  Participants will be encouraged to participate in activities and discussion in small groups as they examine how their lens affects their work of supporting pregnant and parenting women, their families, and their infants.
****These trainings has been approved for 4 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEU) through the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers, the Oklahoma Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors, the Licensed Professional Counselors Committee, and the Licensed Marital and Family Therapist Committee, Case Managers and Peer Recovery Support Specialists.  These trainings have also been approved for 4 hours of CLE and MJCLE through the Oklahoma Bar Association.  *****

About the trainer:  Dr. Tessa Chesher, DO
Dr. Chesher is an associate clinical professor at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  She is dually board-certified in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry.  She received her general psychiatry training at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine and her child and adolescent psychiatry training at Tulane University School of Medicine where she also completed a Harris Fellowship in Infant and Early Childhood Psychiatry. Dr. Chesher’s professional interests include infant and early childhood mental health, early childhood trauma, and pediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry.  Dr. Chesher provides infant mental health services in an outpatient clinic.  She also focuses on increasing infant mental health knowledge in the medical and mental health communities through education and consultation across Oklahoma.

The first 2 trainings are building the foundations of Infant Mental Health and are for anyone who works with people who have children.  The last training is NEW. We are excited to offer Legal Ethics.  This is offered in conjunction with the Keeping Babies in Mind trainings on March 2nd, May 4th, and June 1st.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

LEGAL ETHICS OPPORTUNITY – Will Follow directly behind Keeping Babies in Mind.  Please Register Separately

We have applied for CLE, MJCLE, and Legal Ethics credit from the OBA


Training Date Time Registration  Link
Ethical Representation Builds Resilience Wednesday, March 2, 2022 12:30 – 1:30
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 12:30 – 1:30 TBD
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 12:30 – 1:30 TBD
Ethical Representation Builds Resilience Training Description:
While there are no particular standards for representation of children in Oklahoma deprived cases, the Rules of Professional Conduct do provide guidelines that must be properly applied. This training will not only cover a number of ethical responsibilities an attorney owes their child client, but will further explain how this ethical representation can combat the effect of adverse childhood experiences by building resilience.(This training will follow directly behind the Keeping Babies in Mind training on the above dates and will  have a separate registration. The same Zoom Link will be used for both trainings.  Please feel free to attend both trainings, but to receive credit for the training, you must register for each one separately)

About the Trainer: Timothy Michaels-Johnson
Having earned his Juris Doctorate with Honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2011, Timothy Michaels-Johnson focused his career in child welfare. He joined the District Attorney’s Office of Tulsa County and prosecuted deprived child cases for nearly 5 years. Since 2016, Michaels-Johnson has worked for Tulsa Lawyers for Children representing children and training TLC’s volunteer attorneys. In May 2020, Michaels-Johnson was honored to become TLC’s third Executive Director.

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•        If someone No Shows or doesn’t cancel their attendance with less than a 48 hour notice, then the Training Institute will put the $25 fee back on their account and send an invoice