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St. Louis Center for Family Development offers various types of training and consultations to help professionals achieve their goals. From didactic courses and learning labs for individuals to custom programs for entire agencies, we can assist in your mission to make a shift in paradigm, alter service delivery or implement a specific treatment model. The individualized consultation and coaching is especially useful for organizations that seek to achieve measurable changes to outcomes and are willing to invest the time and resources over an extended period of time.

At STLCFD, we approach each session with an emphasis on applied learning, interactive experiences and active participation. Our programs are also characterized by sustainable skill development. We believe that the harried lifestyle of today requires an intentional effort to focus so that we can absorb new information. Without being able to directly relate to the concepts it is difficult to retain the learning. We incorporate the practice of Mindfulness into all of our sessions.

Trauma-Informed Training Initiative

A “trauma-informed approach” consists of organizational and individual paradigm shifts that promote the understanding, implement responses and create policies that are designed to lessen the deleterious effects of trauma and promote healing. Many experts conceptualize this as a shift in culture and view it as a process.

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a well-researched, comprehensive treatment for people who have intense emotions they are unable to manage in constructive ways. When people struggle with intense emotions, the results can be impulsive or emotion-based actions that cause pain and problems in their lives and the lives of those around them.

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Motivational Interviewing Training

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is both an approach to working with individuals or groups who are looking to make needed changes in their lives and a treatment for substance use disorders. Motivational Interviewing has become a widely accepted and practiced approach to working with anyone who is considering making changes in their life.

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Past Events

September 2017

Leadership Academy for Trauma-Informed Care 2017

September 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ST. LOUIS, MO, MO 63108 United States
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LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOR TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE 2017 PRESENTED BY NANCY SPARGO, AM, LCSW ST. LOUIS CENTER FOR FAMILY DEVELOPMENT 4236 LINDELL BLVD; SUITE 204...ST. LOUIS, MO 63108 CLASS DATES:       9/06 & 10/04 & 11/01 & 12/06 @ 12:30 - 4:30 PM LAB DATES:            9/20 & 10/18 & 11/15 @ 12:30 - 4:30 PM As organizational leaders, we have been hearing a lot about trauma and trauma-informed care recently.  Government agencies, funders, researchers, and community leaders have suggested that the relevance of…

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Intro to TF-CBT, DBT, and PE COCAN Training Workshop

September 15, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Heights, 8001 Dale Avenue
Richmond Heights, MO 63117 United States
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Cost: The fee is $10 for non-members, cash or check only. About: An Introduction to Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE) This year’s training series focuses on different therapeutic interventions and determining which approach may be best for your clients. The series begins with an introduction to play therapy and animal assisted therapy. Participants will be provided with an overview of each therapy, what it involves, what a session entails, and the benefits…

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October 2017

Nancy will be presenting at the annual conference for Empower Missouri on 10/5/17

October 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am - October 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, 7730 Bonhomme Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63105 United States
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Click here to register Trauma and the Workplace: The Economic Impact of Adversity The impact of trauma, stress and adversity is experienced on multiple fronts, but figures most prominently in personal functioning. As the field develops, we are becoming more aware of the multiple costs that far exceed the individual challenges. Workforce development, educational attainment, employee retention, job performance and attendance are all potentially affected by past experiences and the resulting effects. This will be a panel presentation with diverse…

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January 2018

Organizational Leadership Academy for Trauma Informed Care 2018

January 31, 2018 @ 8:30 am
Generate Health St Louis, 1300 Hampton Ave Suite 111
St. Louis, MO 63139 United States
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With funding from MHB, Generate Health and St. Louis Center for Family Development have partnered to provide the Leadership Academy for Trauma Informed Care. This is an exciting opportunity for creating trauma-informed organizations in order to improve the care women receive. Organizational leaders will learn about trauma-informed care in a one day didactic training session, and participate in six monthly consultation meetings to learn from one another and garner support for the implementation of this paradigm shift. The goal of…

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March 2019

Suicide Risk: Formulation and Response

March 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Louis Center for Family Development, 3250 Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139 United States
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Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Price: $30 (includes 3 CEU hours) Location: St. Louis Center for Family Development Are you encountering clients with expressions of suicide and are unsure of how to respond? In this training our goal is to enhance your knowledge and practice of evidence-based assessment and response procedures for suicide risk. This training will keep you up to date on the current research in suicide risk assessment, help you identify key clinical factors to…

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April 2019

Evidence-Based Practice: Exposure & Response Prevention for OCD

April 13 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
St. Louis Center for Family Development, 3250 Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139 United States
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In Evidence-Based Practice: Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD, individuals will examine and identify symptoms and subtypes of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Participants will learn how to utilize the gold standard and evidence-based treatment for OCD, exposure and response prevention (ERP). Individuals will learn how to utilize OCD assessment tools including the YBOCS and CYBOCS, examine case studies, participate in hierarchy building exercises, and gain ability to utilize ERP in their current client practice. Learning objectives: Differentiate OCD vs. OCPD Identify subtypes…

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