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New in 2023, the Certificates & CEUs Program at Ohio University Lancaster offers lifelong learning opportunities to enhance and expand workforce development initiatives through creative activities, career exploration, student-focused and expert training.

The program goal is to create a community-wide collaborative that serves to inform, inspire, educate, and enlighten social workers, law enforcement agents, community leaders, and others and is divided into categories for personal growth/self-help, mental health/social work, community, continuing education credit, and professional development.

The program is offered free of charge to all community members, students, and university personnel through series of trainings or the following training selections.

Each participant will receive a certificate (these are non-CEU trainings). 

Coursework Overview


#1: Best Practices for Buying a Home by Erin Stevens, Business Consulting Mortgage Operations

Monday, January 30, 2023, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

#2: QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention by Toni Ashton, ADAMH

Thursday, February 2, 2023, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

#3: Crime Victims Advocacy Series by Ohio Crime Victim Services

Friday, March 3, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

#4: Grant Writing 101 by Carri Brown, Fairfield County Auditor; Jennifer Seifert, New Leaf Enterprises; and Amy Eyman, Fairfield County Foundation

Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

#5: Bootcamp 101: Women Running for Office

Friday, April 21, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

#6: Self Defense Workshop by Kyann LaGrasse

Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

#7: Bridges Out of Poverty by Debra Smith, Certified Trainer

Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

#8: Gender & Sexuality 101 (traditionally known as Safe Zone training) by Ohio University LGBT Center

Thursday, April 27, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

#9: Narcan Training by Fairfield Medical Center (TBD)

#10: Safety Training (TBD)

Coursework Descriptions

Best Practices for Buying a Home


Date: ​Monday, January 30

Time: 5:30 pm

Place: Brasee Hall, Room 402

Credit: 1 to 2 hours

Trainer: Erin Stevens, Sage Consulting and Development, Business Consulting Mortgage Operations,, ​740-808-8291

Course Description

This session will cover the 5 aspects of preparation for applying for a mortgage and close with a very high overview of the mortgage process itself.

Topics to be covered include: 1) Credit scores a. Scoring models (why Credit Karma can be confusing) b. Authorized user accounts c. Derogatory credit events (bankruptcy, foreclosure, collections, charge-offs) 2) The GSE (Government Sponsored Enterprises) a. Who are they? b. What are the differences? 3) Down payment a. Why do you need a down payment? b. How much do you need? 4) Debt-to-Income Ratios a. Why is this important? b. How to calculate your own ratios c. Key notes for self-employed borrowers 5) Selecting your “team” a. Mortgage lender i. Better business bureau ii. Social media influence iii. Referrals from friends/family iv. Does local make a difference? b. Realtor i. What does a Realtor do? ii. How to pick the best for YOU c. Home inspector i. Who they are ii. What they do iii. Are the “important”? d. Legal Counsel 6) The Mortgage Process (a VERY high level review) a. Origination b. Processing c. Underwriting d. Closing & Funding e. Post-closing 7) Q&A

QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention (1-2 hours)


Date: ​Thursday, February 2

Time: 3 pm to 4:30 pm

Place: Brasee Hall, Room 402

Instructor: Toni Ashton, ADAMH

Course Description

QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1-2 hour educational program designed to teach lay and professional ‘gatekeepers’ the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. Gatekeepers can include anyone who is strategically positions to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g., parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers). The process follow three steps: (1) Question the individual’s desire or intent regarding suicide, (2) Persuade the person to seek and accept help, and (3) Refer the person to the appropriate resources. Trainees receive a QPR booklet and wallet card as a review and resource tool that includes referral resources.

Community Resilience Model (3 sessions) CEUs


Tuesday, February 7

Tuesday, February 21

Tuesday, March 7 

Time: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm​​

Place: Brasee Hall, Room 402

Instructor: Keith Tremblay & Colleague

Course Description

The Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® trains community members to not only help themselves but to help others within their wider social network. The primary focus of this skills-based, stabilization program is to re-set the natural balance of the nervous system.  CRM’s goal is to help to create “trauma-informed” and “resiliency-focused” communities that share a common understanding of the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the nervous system and how resiliency can be restored or increased using this skills-based approach.

From Trauma to Resiliency (2 hours)

This workshop will provide an overview of the evolution from traditional views of individuals to a trauma informed understanding to an active resiliency development approach.  It will highlight the impacts of trauma and introduce a framework which can support the development of new patterns and skills.  It will also introduce The Community Resiliency Model (CRM) as a approach for developing resiliency in ourselves and others.   

Learning the Skills of Resiliency (2 hours)

This workshop will focus on learning the skills of The Community Resiliency Model (CRM).  This is a stabilization program designed to reset the natural balance of the nervous system. When practiced these skills can assist professionals, parents, youth, kids, and every other member of a community in reaching a more compassionate, solution-focused, and hopeful place. 

Utilizing the Skills of Resiliency (2 hours)

This workshop will focus on utilizing the skills of The Community Resiliency Model (CRM). When practiced on a consistent ongoing basis, these skills can support us in our daily lives.  They can also be integrated into our work with others to support regulation, learning, and growth.  Once we learn and practice these basic skills, we will be more able to assist others.


Social Work Series – Trauma Informed Care (4 sessions) 6.0 CEUs


Tuesday, February 21

Tuesday, March 7

Tuesday, March 28

Tuesday, April 11

Time: 2 pm

Place: Brasee Hall, Room 209S

Instructor: Lisa Skeens, PhD, MSW, LISW


Trauma Informed Care Intervention Strategies for Children in Foster Care: 1.5 CEU’s

This workshop will provide an overview of the different types of trauma experienced by children in foster care, behavioral impacts of trauma and practical strategies to prevent re-traumatization and secondary trauma. The training will focus primarily on strategies to implement TST-FC (Trauma Systems Therapy for Foster Care). This training would be helpful for human services professionals who provide education and advocacy to foster parents who are working with children experiencing trauma.

Understanding and Managing Countertransference with Clients: 1.5 CEU’s

This workshop will define the process of transference and countertransference as related to maintaining health professional boundaries with clients. The presentation will focus on identifying and managing various categories of countertransference such as: defensive, aim attachment, transferential, reactive and displaced countertransference reactions. This workshop would be helpful for professionals who want to develop self-awareness and self-regulation when working with emotionally challenging situations with clients 

Identify Specific Categories of Verbal and Emotional Abuse: 1.5 CEU’s

Verbal and Emotional abuse can be difficult to identify. Anti-bullying programs have become more prevalent in educational settings, however some categories of verb al and emotional abuse can be complex and difficult to diagnose. This workshop will focus on specific categories of abuse and will present clear-cut examples of abuse in case studies. Some of these categories include: blocking and diverting, discounting, countering, accusing and blaming, gas lighting, name calling, denial and abusive anger. Dynamics such as Trauma bonding and freezing will also be discussed. 

Understanding Specific Anxiety Disorders in the DSMV: 1.5 CEU’s

This training will define and discuss specific anxiety disorders such as: separation anxiety, selective mutism, specific phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia and generalized anxiety disorder. Symptoms and evidence based treatment strategies of these disorders will be discussed through the discussion of clinical case studies. This training would be helpful for professionals who refer clients for mental health treatment for anxiety and for those who want to learn more about anxiety issues that impact their clients. 

FEATURED Women’s Leadership Summit – Pilot Project


Friday, February 10

Friday, March 10

Friday, March 24 (all day)

Friday, April 14

Friday, May 19  

Time: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Place: Brasee Hall, Room 211


​Participants must complete an application and be accepted into this pilot project.  

​Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

Crime Victim Advocacy Series (2): CEUs Ohio Crime Victim Services


Date: Friday, March 3

Time: 9 am to 12:30​​​​​ pm

Place: Brasee Hall, Room 211


Victim Advocacy 

Grant Writing 101 (1 session-3 hours)


Date: Wednesday, March 8

Time: 9 am to 12 noon

Place: Brasee Hall, Room 402

Instructors: Dr. Carrie Brown, Dr. Jen Seifert, Amy Eyman, Amy Eyman, Executive Director, Fairfield County Foundation 


This session will examine how to write a grant from beginning to end – to show best practices for grant writing.  The trainers will share their experience and expertise in securing millions of dollars in grant funding.  

PAX Training: Trauma Informed Strategies for Youth

Dates and Times:

Tuesday, March 14, 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Tuesday, May 16, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Place: TBD


Sheri McCurg Director of Student Services at Fairfield County ESC

Michelle Huff, Learning Steps Preschool Instructional Coach for Fairfield County ESC, & Adjunct Professor at OHIO Lancaster


Pax Tools is a collection of evidence-based trauma informed strategies to improve cooperation and self regulation with youth.

Pax Tools draws on decades of science to create strategies that support parents, youth workers, and other caring adults to create a nurturing environment that ultimately helps kids thrive.

A FREE Tool Kit  will be provided along with access to a FREE app to download for quick reference to all strategies. This training is OCCRRA approved, if you need SUTQ hours 2.5 hours can be awarded.

FEATURED:  Women Running for Office Bootcamp (2-3) 


Date: ​Friday, April 21​

Place: Brasee Hall, Room 211

Running for Office 101: Rules of Running

  • Status of Women Study
  • Why and Where to Run? The Myths of Running for Office
  • Campaign Overview and Structure
  • Developing campaign plan and strategy
  • Public Speaking and Stumping
  • Local Offices – school, city, county
  • State Offices
  • National Offices
  • The Process and the Rules
  • Finding your Tribe – Volunteers and Support Staff

Fundraising for Running for Office

  • Endorsement and Power Brokers
  • Fundraising
  • Resources
  • Rules of Fundraising

Marketing for Running for Office

  • Messaging and Media Relations
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Traditional forms of marketing
  • Resources

Youth Mental Health First Aid - ADAMH Training – National Certification

Date: ​Monday, April 3

Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (with lunch break) ​

Place: Brasee Hall, ​Room 402

​Instructors: Jacqui Pazaropoulous, Miranda Gray, ADAMH


• The YOUTH CURRICULUM for adults is aimed at anyone who interacts with youth, such as church youth group leaders, teachers, 4-H leaders, coaches/volunteers of youth sports, etc.

• Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavioral disorders, and substance use disorders.

• Use a five-step action plan to help a young person in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.

• Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in youth within the United States and the need for reduced negative attitudes in communities.

• Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help a young person with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery.

• Assess their own views and feelings about youth mental health problems and disorders.

Self-Defense Workshop (1 hour)


Date: ​Wednesday, April 5​​​​​

Place: Brasee Hall, Gymnasium

Instructor: Kyann LaGrasse, Professional MMA Fighter, Self Defense Instructor, Personal Trainer, Owner of Chelsea Kyann Training

I’ve been a personal trainer for 11 years and an MMA Fighter for 7 years. I have a degree in Fitness Management, Business Administration and am certified as Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach through the American College of Sports Medicine. I own a small business where I offer personal training, nutrition coaching, MMA training, and self-defense. I’ve taught self-defense all over for the last 3 years and also share many self-defense videos on social media. I started fighting and teaching self-defense because I am a domestic abuse survivor and it is my passion to share my knowledge with others. 


Empowering women with self-defense techniques and tools that they can apply to their everyday lives. Teaching them how to use their voice and stand up for themselves in all situations. We will go over situational awareness, body language, basic safety tips, and techniques from various martial arts that all fitness levels and ages can use.

Bridges Out of Poverty series (1 session - 3 hours) 

Date: ​Wednesday, April 12

Time: 9 am to 12 noon

Place: Brasee Hall, Room 402

• Instructor:  Debra Smith, Bridges Out of Poverty Certified Trainer and Retired Physical Therapist and Associate Professor at OHIO Lancaster

Bridges Out of Poverty was designed by Ruby Paine to address the issues of those who live without resources as they struggle to meet society's expectations. This interactive presentation focuses on discussing poverty as it relates to school, work, and societal integration. The differences between the middle class, the wealthy class and those who live in poverty are explored. Research based information fuels the discussions and allows a comprehensive review of personal, institutional and community challenges in respect to diminishing the negative effects of living without the necessary mental, physical, supportive as well as financial resources.

Adult Mental Health First Aid (ADAMH) (all day)

Date: ​Friday, April 21

Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (with a lunch break)  

Place: Brasee Hall, Room 211

​Instructors: Toni Ashton, Marci Fields, Tori Ivan, ADAMH


• The ADULT CURRICULUM is for anyone who interacts with adults, including professionals such as receptionists, church staff, social service agency personnel, library employees, etc.

• Mental Health First Aid certification, which must be renewed every three years, instructs trainees to:

• Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.

• Use a five-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.

• Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the United States and the need for reduced negative attitudes in communities.

• Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery.

Gender and Sexuality: LGBTQIA+ 101


Date: Thursday, April 27

Time: 2:00 pm or 3:30 pm​​​​

Place: Brasee Hall, Room 402

Presented by: The Ohio University LGBT Center

This workshop, traditionally known as SafeZone raining, is our LGBT Center's signature training. It educates about the diversities of gender identity, gender expression, pronouns, and sexuality as they relate to both personal and professional contexts. This presentation will explore different ways to create a welcoming and understanding environment for people of various genders, identities, sexualities, and levels of being out. 

By learning about inclusive terminology and exploring some of the health disparities faced by LGBTQIA+ communities, we will practice using inclusive language, examine strategies for dialogue, and open pathways of communication about the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people.



Date: ​Monday, May 15

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm​​​

Place: Brasee Hall, Room 402

Instructor: Jennifer H. Sitterley, CELA*, SITTERLEY LAW, *Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, Certified Specialist in Elder Law by the Ohio State Bar Association


Elder Law, Wills and Trusts, Guardianships, and Healthcare

Narcan Training 


Health Sessions 

Safety Training