The Training Institute in Kentucky

The Training Institute believes that training and staff development strengthens skills and improves quality of care. By improving quality of care, the Training Institute advances Centerstone Kentucky’s goal of empowering clients to realize their potential.

For community mental health professionals, the Training Institute in Kentucky offers professional development opportunities for various certifications and for continuing education. Clicking on a training title below will redirect to EventBrite for more information (continuing education approvals, schedules, fees, locations, etc.) and for registration.

*  Centerstone Kentucky staff at Central State Hospital are welcome to attend the CE classroom trainings. After reviewing the training information, please send an email to the Centerstone Training Institute for registration.

For more information or general questions, contact the Centerstone Training Institute.

Available Trainings

Targeted Case Management — 2-Day Core Certification  Training
The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) has approved this twelve (12) Hour Core TCM curriculum for Targeted Case Management, as established in 908 KAR 2:260.  This is a TWO-DAY training. You MUST attend BOTH DAYS in FULL to complete the certification. By registering for the first date, you are included in the second date. 

Targeted Case Management — SMI Training
The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) has approved this 6-hour specialized curricula for target populations for Targeted Case Management, as established in 908 KAR 2:260. This is a ONE-DAY training. 

Targeted Case Management — CCPHC Training
The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) has approved this 6-hour specialized curricula for target populations for Targeted Case Management, as established in 908 KAR 2:260. This is a ONE-DAY training. 

Targeted Case Management — SUD Training
The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) has approved this 6-hour specialized curricula for target populations for Targeted Case Management, as established in 908 KAR 2:260.    This is a ONE-DAY training. 

Targeted Case Management — SED Training
The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) has approved this 6-hour specialized curricula for target populations for Targeted Case Management, as established in 908 KAR 2:260. This is a ONE-DAY training. 

Community Support Associate 2-Day Certification Training
Community Support Associate Certification is an introduction to the principles and practices of psychiatric rehabilitation, which uses the strengths and goals of a person with disabling mental illness, addiction or severe emotional disorder to assist with his or her recovery. The course is interactive and covers topics such as engagement, natural supports, skills training, crisis prevention, and documentation. This course is to be certified as a “Community Support Associate” (CSA) under state rules for providers of “Comprehensive Community Support Services” for KY Medicaid. 908 KAR 2250. This is a TWO-DAY training. You MUST attend BOTH DAYS in FULL to complete the certification. By registering for the first date, you are included in the second date.

Peer Support Specialist Certification
This training does not link to EventBrite because there is an application process.
Centerstone KY is offering the Peer Support Certification program for those who desire to serve as a peer support specialist for adults or youth with mental health, substance use, or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders or their family members.

This 8-day certification program combines the requirements for Adult, Family, and Youth Peer Support Specialists, including the Family Leadership Academy, with group instruction and breakout sessions specific to the needs of Adult, Family, and Youth Peer Support Specialists. To earn PSS Certification:  Attend all 8 days of Certification class IN FULL, Pass an oral exam, and Pass a written exam.  Cost:  $350 per participant ($200 Scholarships are available for individuals (not with an employer providing human services.)

The certification course will meet the requirements of the following Kentucky Administrative Regulations:

For an application, contact Joy Varney, Peer Support Coordinator by email, or call (502) 220-8498. 

KY Social Work Code of Ethics  
Participants will increase their knowledge of the Kentucky Code of Ethical Conduct; review the NASW Code of Ethics; discuss the differences between values, ethics, and the law; practice applying knowledge to “real life” situations; and participate in collegial dialog regarding the application of ethics to our work. Sessions are a combination of didactic presentation, participant discussion, small group work and interaction with case scenarios. 

Developmental Trauma
Participants will learn how to assess for Developmental Trauma and link to diagnostic areas including PTSD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. This will include learning about neuro-development factors, and how to develop and tailor interventions using multiple levels of expression incorporating, talk therapy, art, sand tray, and play therapy techniques. Participants will review newest brain-based research, and gain an understanding of behavioral manifestations of underdeveloped executive function. Participants will have a better understanding of how to develop treatment plans for these difficult to treat set of behaviors.

Child Development 0-5 Years  
In this course participants will learn the basics of normal and abnormal development in children ages 0-5 years across several developmental areas including motor, language, social emotional, and cognitive. Objectives: Participants will: be able to identify normal child developmental patterns for children ages 0-5 years; identify abnormal development of children in the four basic areas of development; and have a basic understanding of where to refer students in the age range for ongoing services to treat delays. CEs are not available from ADC for this training. 

Early Childhood Treatment Models and Practices  
This training covers various Early Childhood treatment models and evidence-based practices to increase clinical knowledge of available models, additional resources, and practices for working with children ages 0-5 and their families. It includes several different models with brief overviews so that staff can make informed decisions about models they may wish to explore in more depth or receive training in. This training will also provide information on basic resources for working with children in the early childhood age range to increase capacity and understanding for clinical staff. 

Sensory Integration and Regulation in Young Children 
This workshop will provide participants with a brief understanding of sensory processing and integration, the development of the theory, the current applications for sensory integration and seven areas of sensory information. It will also give participants an understanding of the difficulties children with disorganized systems might face in a classroom setting and some practical ways to help children with these issues function better in their classrooms. Participants will: * increase their knowledge of sensory integration and how it affects individuals, * be able to define the seven areas of sensory input that an individual experiences, * and have some tools to use in the home or classroom setting to decrease the effects of sensory issues for a child. 

Autism: Introduction to Diagnosis and Evidence-Based Practices – 2019 Dates coming soon
This training will cover the basic diagnostic features for Autism and related diagnoses. Participants will learn resources to access for clients with autism and their families. Participants will learn the current list of evidenced based practices for treatment of autism with examples of how to implement these practices in session.

Domestic Violence – 2019 Dates coming soon
According to a report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (2012), exposure to violence is a national crisis that affects approximately two out of every three children during their lifetimes. Because of the number of individuals affected, professionals will encounter clients impacted by violence as well as batterers. This training will cover the dynamics of domestic violence and elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation; effects of domestic violence and elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation on adult and child victims; legal remedies for protection; lethality and risk issues; model protocols for addressing domestic violence and elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation; available community resources and victim services; and reporting requirements. 

Marriage and Family Therapy Ethics for Kentucky 
Participants will increase their knowledge of the KY Code of Ethics, review the AAMFT Code of ethics, discuss the differences between the two codes, apply knowledge to real life situations and participate in collegial dialog regarding the application of ethics to our work. 

LGBTQIA: Treatment Considerations – 2019 Dates coming soon
This is a course on development and mastery of treating the LGBTQIA client. The content of the course is assessment and treatment of the specific needs of the LGBTQIA client. The training will provide both novice and experienced clinicians an in-depth knowledge base of the intrapersonal issues facing this clientele. The issues of cultural competency, transference and countertransference, stigma, and internalized homophobia and how they affect the treatment relationship will be explored. Participants will have an opportunity to become aware of the relational, emotional, social, and political stressors and vulnerabilities that effect this client population. 

Gestalt Therapy Introduction – 2019 Dates coming soon

The workshop offers experiential learning in order to give the participants a flavor of the Gestalt Psychotherapy. This workshop is for individuals who want to enhance their self-awareness, personal growth and who prefer direct, active experience. No structure, power point nor lecture is planned, and wishes and needs of participants are guidelines of the workshop. The focus is on active participation of individuals and all group. Individuals work with a leader and as a group to support awareness, individual personal growth and development. Special attention is given to the development of awareness and skills supporting effective interaction. This event is for those wishing to understand the core principles of Gestalt through experience and explore its application in a variety of settings, how it can be used to facilitate growth in human potential, learning and development.



Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones, a program of Centerstone, provides transitional housing and supportive services to youth 16-20 years old who are experiencing homelessness. We provide a supportive community where young people experiencing homelessness can develop skills to live independently. We welcome youth regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, national origin, creed, religion or disability. We are located in Bloomington, Indiana.

Stepping Stones’ goal is to provide a supportive community that encourages young people to make decisions that positively affect their lives and prepare them for the future. Our program has two over arching components: transitional housing and independent living.

What We Offer

  • Transitional Housing
  • Independent Living
  • Emotional Assistance
  • Job Coaching
  • Life Steps
  • Financial Counseling
  • Educational Group Sessions
  • Health and Wellness
  • Health Care
  • Be Active!
  • Alternatives and Awareness

Transitional Housing

Our Semi-Independent Living Program is for youth between the ages of 16-20 who are experiencing homelessness. It is comprised of three two-bedroom, furnished apartments which house 12 residents by gender for up to two years. A new, fourth apartment houses Resident Assistants and a fifth apartment serves as our Community Center and administrative offices. It is the central hub where residents and program participants receive case management, have group and individual meetings, use the computer lab and are able to socialize with staff and friends. Our clustered housing provides a safe and supportive environment for residents to hone their skills so they can become self-sufficient. It is our goal to move residents into a permanent housing situation once they leave the program. In 2008, 100% of our residents obtained permanent housing.

Independent Living

Our independent living program serves youth in our housing program, former residents and other at-risk youth in the community. These programs and services are the essential skills youth need in order to achieve a successful transition into adulthood and become self-sufficient. We provide one-on-one and group coaching, and case management to help residents reach their self-identified, staff-assisted goals in a “Care Plan.”

Educational Assistance

We believe that one instrument for successful independent living is education. For those residents who have not obtained a high school diploma or GED equivalent, we require them to be enrolled in school during their time in our program. Of the 34 youth who have been in our program since 2005, 100% of those residents who had not graduated from school attended high school or a GED program. In collaboration with teachers, counselors and school administrators, we monitor their progress by reviewing progress reports, report cards and attendance to help ensure their success. In 2008, two former and one current residents graduated from high school!

For those who have already graduated, we provide ongoing encouragement and support to those interested in obtaining higher education. We also provide or coordinate tutoring as needed.

Job Coaching

Another essential instrument for success that is often a barrier for youth is employment. Residents are expected to be employed while in our housing program. This can be a challenge given their inexperience, youthfulness and, sometimes, poor work history; however, from the time they are looking for jobs and filling out applications to actual on-the-job coaching (if necessary), we provide them with assistance they need to be successful. In 2008, 100% of our residents obtained a job while in residency.

Life Steps

Our career exploration program is designed to help youth think about their future and how to reach their goals. In both group and individual sessions, residents complete a personal career plan and learn about various occupations. They develop job searching skills such as résumé writing, interview skills and professionalism, and they develop an awareness of their personal strengths and abilities.

Financial Counseling

In an attempt to educate and provide relevant experience to residents, while in the program, they are required to pay a portion of their housing expenses (e.g. rent, utilities, phone, etc). We couple the experience with monthly budgeting meetings to facilitate understanding of income vs. expense, need vs. want and to encourage them to live a fiscally responsible life.

Educational Group Sessions

Once a week, residents and staff come together for an evening of community, education and food. We provide a nutritious group meal that residents take turns preparing. Local organizations like Middle Way House, Ivy Tech, Positive Link and other speakers come help us focus on core topics such as drug awareness, conflict resolution and stress management. This experience also fosters a sense of community and is a safe place for our residents to interact with their peers and staff.

Health & Wellness

Our holistic approach to personal health and wellness begins with preventative measures like accessing health professionals and understanding personal health to providing them with healthy lifestyle alternatives through physical recreational activities and alternatives to substance abuse. In addition to education, we provide our residents with fresh fruits and vegetables of their choosing on a biweekly basis.

Health Care

Many of our residents have not seen a health professional in years and have used emergency centers as their primary care. When a resident enters our program, we provide them with guidance to navigate the complicated medical systems as well as other governmental assistance programs. While they are in our program, we also have them create a personal Health Profile and meet with a Community Health Educator to discuss ways to improve their health. By the time they leave our program, it is our goal that they have taken over their own health coordination. Educating our youth on the available community resources and how to access them is an essential component of our program. This provides them with information and networks so that, when they leave the program, they have the resources to be self-sufficient.

Be Active!

By offering a wide variety of recreational activities like rock climbing and swimming, this program promotes regular, healthy physical activity and is open to high school-aged youth in the community. While rock climbing at Hoosier Heights, one resident noted that she “forgot how much fun it is to be active!”

Alternatives & Awareness (AA)

This program educates youth on the negative effects of drug use and gives them healthy alternatives. To ensure the success of our residents, we couple educational sessions and positive alternative activities with drug screenings when use is suspected. In a non-punitive setting, we provide our residents the supplemental counseling and encouragement to break negative habits.


Facts on Homelessness

Becoming a Resident

Work Matters

Work Matters offers supported employment services which include person-centered job planning, individualized job placement, skills training and on-going supports. Consumers with or without waiver resources may receive these services. Job seekers are assisted to secure and maintain both customized and labor market positions in an integrated setting.

Vocational Alternatives

Vocational Alternatives extends job training, coaching and placement services to adults with severe mental illness.

True Up

True Up is a collaborative movement spearheaded by non-profit agencies in Metro Louisville to enhance services for foster youth. This landmark partnership among Kentucky agencies brings together alumni from foster care programs who have faced the challenges of transitioning into adulthood. These now-successful adults share their experiences with the next generation of foster youth to help them overcome challenges so they may lead self-sufficient, productive, happy lives. Other members include Boys & Girls Haven, Home of the Innocents, Maryhurst, Metro United Way, St. Joe’s Children’s Home and Sunrise Children’s Services. For more about this program, visit True Up Louisville.

Therapeutic Rehabilitation: Recovery Zone

Therapeutic Rehabilitation: Recovery Zone is an intensive day program in a clubhouse setting for persons with severe mental illness. This program can be utilized as hospital diversion. Vocational Alternatives extends job training, coaching, and placement services to adults with severe mental illness.

Peer Support Services

Peer Support Services are led by individuals who have a diagnosis of a serious mental illness and are in recovery. Peer Support Specialists help others manage their recovery, build self-advocacy skills and achieve their own successes.

Payee Services

Payee Services are available, where Centerstone serves as the payee for an individual who is unable to manage his or her money.

PASRR Specialized Services

PASRR Specialized Services provide individualized supports for people who reside in a nursing facility. The services include continuous, specialized training to prevent the regression or loss of current optimal functioning and to promote the acquisition of skills necessary for the individual to function with as much self-determination and independence as possible. For more information, call (502) 459-5292.

PASRR (Preadmission Screening and Resident Review) Assessment

PASRR (Preadmission Screening and Resident Review) Assessment is a federally mandated program designed to ensure that all applicants to Medicaid-certified nursing facilities are screened for severe mental illnesses or a developmental disabilities. PASRR helps to determine if individuals require nursing facility level of care, is the least restrictive in nature, and if specialized services are needed. The goal of PASRR is for the applicant to receive the individualized services they need, in the least restrictive environment.