Page Restricted to: All Members

Event Details

Virtual Intermediate CAFAS Booster Training

Information Details
Start Date Tuesday, December 01, 2020
End Date Wednesday, December 02, 2020
Event Details

If you are interested in registering for this training, please reach out directly to Madi Sholtz at

Training Description: This Train-the-Trainer Booster workshop introduces experienced CAFAS trainers to new training materials as well as to methods and ideas for increasing both participation and critical thinking approaches amongst CAFAS rater trainees at their home CMH’s. Content focuses not only on review of rating guidelines for the CAFAS, but also uses of outcome data, clinical application of the CAFAS, and identifying functioning information within video vignettes. The training is founded on the premise that raters have core knowledge about how to rate the CAFAS but may not have the same depth of understanding when it comes to using the CAFAS as a clinical tool in daily work.  

Note: This workshop is for trainers with a minimum of two years recent experience with conducting CAFAS reliability trainings. This training will delve into interactive learning methods for effective teaching and provide participants with new resources to incorporate into their own CAFAS Booster training programs. Activities and resources are introduced to assist with increasing raters’ generalization of classroom learning to applied clinical settings.



DAY ONE 12/1/20
8:45 am    Log into Zoom
9:00 am    Exploring Interactive Learning Concepts
12:00 pm  Lunch Break
1:00 pm    The Role of CAFAS in Clinical Practice
4:00 pm    Training Day One Ends

DAY TWO 12/2/20
8:45 am    Log into Zoom
9:00 am    Identify Information Indicative of Functional Impairment
12:00 pm  Lunch Break
1:00 pm    Shifting from Ratings to Results
3:30 pm    Test and Wrap-Up
4:00 pm    Training Ends


Participants will be able to:
1. Role-play interactive learning activities.
2. Explain the relationship between outcome feedback and treatment effectiveness.
3. Diagram the role of assessment within evidence-based practice.
4. Recognize the impact of clinical interviewing methods on assessment reliability.
5. Teach how to identify and assess behaviors that interfere with youth academic performance. 
6. Teach how to identify and assess problems with youth fulfilling age-typical roles as a family member.
7. Teach how to identify and assess problems with youth abiding by community laws and norms.
8. Teach how to identify and assess interpersonal skills impairments of youth.
9. Teach how to identify and assess functional impairments related to moods and emotions.
10. Teach how to identify and assess behaviors of risk to personal safety.
11. Teach how to identify and assess the impact of a youth’s substance use behaviors on functioning.
12. Teach how to identify and assess the impact of rational thought disturbance on youth functioning.

Who Should Attend

Mental health professionals who are experienced as CAFAS Trainers and have previously completed a basic CAFAS Trainer Booster.

While Heidi Wale Knizacky was earning an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, she worked in the office of the Michigan Level of Functioning Project and was introduced to the CAFAS®. This experience awakened her passion for using measurement to enrich communication, support clinical practices, and improve service programs. In addition to working as a clinician, Heidi has worked with organizations across North America to support staff and care for individuals by integrating evidence-based measurement and best-research practices into programming. Clinical topics Heidi especially enjoys are Motivational Interviewing, applied behavioral management practices, and working with youth who are experiencing serious behavioral challenges.  
CEUs Social Workers: This course qualifies for a maximum of 12 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

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.

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.
- 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.
- 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 via email. 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 5 business days prior to the training. 
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.

Back to top