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Virtual PECFAS Training for Agency Trainers

Information Details
Start Date Thursday, December 10, 2020
End Date Friday, December 11, 2020
Event Details
Requirement: You must have completed a 2-day PECFAS Rater training: Documentation is required. Reliability Testing is not included in this training. Additionally, there will be required prework for this training that will be sent approximately one week before the training start date. 

Description: This training includes a comprehensive training experience with the PECFAS, including the hands-on experience using the scoring guidelines for each of the seven subscales, as well as training tips and strategies. Scoring and mentoring of Reliability Vignettes will be discussed and practiced. Participants can anticipate receiving extensive experiential practice and becoming a confident and well-informed trainer. Participants will be expected to present material during the training to ensure skills needed to be a trainer.
Evaluation/Grievance: There will be an opportunity for each participant to complete an evaluation of the course and the instructor. If you have any issues with the way in which this conference was conducted or other problems, you may note that on your evaluation or you may contact CMHAM at 517-374-6848 for resolution.

Virtual Training Accommodations: If you need accommodations to attend this training, please email your request to 10 business days before the event. If you have concerns about using the Zoom platform you can reach out to at any time prior to the training to discuss your concerns.

DAY ONE 12/10/20
8:45am     Log into Zoom 
9:00am     Introductions, PowerPoint Example, Agenda Review 
10:15am    Break 
10:30am    Designing/Planning your Training and Developing Examples 
11:00am    School/Daycare Subscale, Example, Quizzes    
11:30am    Developing your Training Style; Solving Problems
12:15pm    Lunch Break
1:00pm      Home Subscale: Examples, Quizzes 
1:30pm      Community Subscale: Examples, Quizzes 
2:00pm      Break  
2:15pm      Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Standardizing your Response
3:30pm      Training Day One Ends

DAY TWO 12/11/20
8:45am      Log into Zoom
9:00am      Behavior Toward Others: Examples, Quizzes 
9:40am      Moods Subscale: Examples, Quizzes
10:15am    Break
10:30am    Manual Questions 
11:00am    Self-harmful Behaviors: Quizzes
11:30am    Thinking Scale: Examples, Quizzes 
12:00pm    Lunch Break
12:45pm    Reliability Testing: Scoring, Mentoring, Decision-Making
2:00pm      Break
2:15pm      Reviewing Trainer Responsibilities: Training 
                 Expectations, Record-Keeping, On-going QA 
3:30pm      Training Ends
1. Increase your understanding of the general rules of scoring the PECFAS and the specific scoring guideline for each subscale.
2. Demonstrate your ability to differentiate the levels of severity of behaviors and explain how these differences are scored on the PECFAS subscales.
3. Create 2 appropriate examples of items illustrating scoring rules.
4. Develop an understanding of all 7 subscales related to the PECFAS.
5. Develop an understanding of presentation styles. 
6. Increase capacity to plan and create trainings.
7. Discuss FAQs related to PECFAS to create consistent answers among trainers.
8. Enhance presentation skills relative to teaching the PECFAS.
9. Develop skills on addressing wrong answers related to testing and supporting test takers.
10. Enhance presentation skills in using quizzes in presentations.
11. Become able to present the PECFAS as a research-based tool, with proven validity and reliability.
12. Gain skills related to presenting the clinical uses of the PECFAS, including age ranges and appropriate clinical settings.
13. Demonstrate ability to convey to trainees the general rules of scoring the PECFAS, the specific scoring guidelines for each subscale and potential issues regarding the subscales that may arise in local trainings.
14. Learn how to score Participant’s Reliability Tests and how to maintain the reliability status of your trainees.

Who Should Attend

Child Mental Health Professionals who are already trained as PECFAS Raters who work in Michigan’s public mental health system and will provide PECFAS training in their organization. Preference will be given to those registering who are from a CMH who currently do NOT have a PECFAS Rater Trainer.  

CEUs Social Workers: This course qualifies for a maximum of 11 Continuing Education hours. The Community Mental Health Association of Michigan is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Approved Provider Number: MICEC 060818. Qualifies as “face-to-face (in-person) education.”

Certificate Awarded: After confirmation that you have fully participated in this training your Continuing Education Certificate will be emailed to you within 30 days of the training. Certificate Issued By: Christina Ward, Director of Education & Training;; 517-374-6848

Virtual Participation: You are expected to actively participate in the training. See below for additional information about virtual training recommendations and requirements.
- After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with recommendations and requirements.
- About one week prior to the training you will be sent a link to register again through Zoom. Be sure to use the same email used to register through the CMHA website. Once you are registered in Zoom you will automatically receive the login details so you can view the meeting. Zoom registration links for the training will only be sent to paid registrants.
- Recommend that you save the meeting link in your calendar for easy access the day of the training.
- You must watch the training LIVE to receive credit for the training.
- In order to receive credit for this training attendees must be on video via their own device, showing the individual throughout the entire training, and be situated in a way that is sufficient for active engagement and learning as determined by CMHAM. Virtual trainings are to be treated with the same attention and vigor as an in-person training. Telephone only is not acceptable.
- Lack of response to multiple chats directly from moderators may impact your ability to receive credit.
- We do not allow for participants to be in their automobile/driving during trainings due to Michigan’s Distracted Driving Laws. This link has more information on Distracted Driving:,4643,7-123-72297_64773_22760-238359--,00.html
- Recommend that attendees log into the meeting’s waiting room at least 15 minutes before the training begins.
- Registration report will indicate arrival time (note you must be logged into the virtual training within 5 minutes of the start of the training).
- Polls and/or quizzes will be randomly given with a limited time for attendees to respond. This is required to show participation.
- Internet: A strong internet connection is highly recommended. If your internet service is not able to stream videos, it will likely not be strong enough to support a webinar training. You will want a minimum upload speed of 5mbps. If technology may be an issue for you, please contact CMHA at 517-374-6848 to discuss options further.
- Each training takes place in the time zone of its location and all agenda times reflect that.

Continuing Education Rules indicate that if you are over 5-minutes late or depart early, you forfeit your CEs for the entire training. Please note that this is a National rule that CMHA must enforce or we could lose our provider status to provide CEs in the future. This rule will be strictly followed.
Cancellation Policy

There is no fee to attend this training. Training materials will be provided. While there is no fee, we request written cancellation notice to if you find that you are unable to attend after registering. Substitutions are permitted 10 business days prior to the training. If you cancel your registration after materials have been sent, you must return the materials to CMHA at your own expense. If you do not return the materials after cancellation, you will be invoiced for the full cost of those materials. 

Grant Funding/Sponsors
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, through the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, has provided funding for this initiative through Federal Community Mental Health Block Grant.

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