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Virtual CAFAS Advanced Trainer Booster

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Start Date Thursday, May 13, 2021
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To participate in this training, you MUST be an employee of a Michigan CMHSP or a CMHSP contract provider. You MUST already be trained as a CAFAS Trainer with a minimum of five years training experience and have completed all prerequisites to attend this Training for Agency Trainers Booster.

Training Description: This live virtual training is for CAFAS® trainers who have a minimum of five years CAFAS® reliability training experience and who have previously completed the CAFAS® Training of Trainers Intermediate Booster. This training requires advance registration and submission of completed assignments prior to the two-hour interactive webinar training event.

Note: Advance coursework is required to participate in this training. Advance work assignments include reviewing and rating two video vignettes and answering four short-answer questions about your experiences as a trainer. The advance work will be sent out prior to the training and must be completed and submitted electronically at least three business days prior to the training (May 10). Registrants who do not submit completed assignments by the deadline will not be allowed into the training webinar. Verification of eligibility questions, including dates and locations of your last trainings and your PIHP/CMHSP affiliation as a trainer, will be required at the time of registration.   


10:00 AM        Review of CAFAS® ratings for “Nikolas Intake”

10:30 AM        Use of Nikolas Intake CAFAS® profile to engage in evidence-based, family-centered service planning

11:00 AM        Review of CAFAS® ratings for “Nikolas Exit”

11:20 AM        Use of Nikolas Exit CAFAS® profile to identify and discuss successful clinical outcomes

11:40 AM        Lessons Learned: Being an effective CAFAS® trainer (discussion)


Participants will be able to:

1. Formulate approaches for identifying functional severity levels when information is communicated during clinical interviews.

2. Integrate identification of positive outcome into rater trainings.

3. Design strategies to address common training challenges.

Who Should Attend

Mental Health Professionals who have been active CAFAS Trainers for five or more years, and who have previously completed all of the following: CAFAS® Reliability Training, CAFAS® Train-the-Trainer Training, CAFAS® Trainer Booster Training, and CAFAS® Trainer Intermediate Booster Training.

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 2 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.

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