Training and Support for the Unpaid Caregiver (FST):
DMHA has scheduled training for Training and Support for the Unpaid Caregiver under the Children’s Mental Health Wraparound (CMHW) Services Program.
Registration to attend the training is required. Seats are limited to 50 in each session.
Below is the training class schedule.
Date: August 20, 2014
Check-in Time: 8:30am
Training Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
This session will review the Training and Support for the Unpaid Caregiver service requirements and limitations, as well as the delivery of service provided through best practices. Successful completion of a demonstrated competency measure is required to receive a training certificate.
Interested individuals are not required to submit a résumé with a description of experience prior to registration and attendance; however it is strongly recommended that individuals and agencies review the SED experience requirement prior to attending the training, as résumés will be required in the provider application packet. Only those meeting the SED requirement will be approved. The SED experience requirement for this service is two years, and must meet the criteria described below.
The experience requirement is as follows:
The three years experience requirements of working with SED children is intended to ensure that providers have the knowledge and understanding related to the rewards and challenges of working with this population. Building functional skills with a child facing impairments associated with an SED diagnosis requires creativity, patience, and sound communication. For this reason DMHA requires that providers possess demonstrable and direct experience with this demographic.
“Qualifying” direct experience means that the applicant has worked directly with the SED population in a way that builds functional skills, such as group counseling, one-on-one counseling, provision of skills training, and/or provision of therapeutic recreational activities. Also included would be persons providing therapeutic foster care, or persons working in a capacity that may not involve mental health care, but where the work is targeted at a defined SED population. Experience in case management, therapy, and/or skills training in conjunction with a mental health center may also be considered as qualifying experience.
The most recent qualifying experience with the SED population should be no more than 3 years prior to the date of application. Experience more than 8 years in the past will not be considered as qualifying.
The SED experience requirement excludes “incidental experience” with an SED child or population. This means that if the work of the provider may have been with a child with SED, but the defined work role was not intended to address this directly, the experience does not qualify towards the requirement. Examples of “incidental experience” would include:
1) Owner of a day care for children who throughout his/her years of experience have had children classified as severely emotionally disturbed.
2) A bus driver with children on his/her route who have been classified as severely emotionally disturbed.
3) The facilitator of a youth group or bible school class with some children in the group having been classified as severely emotionally disturbed.
4) A family therapist with some of the children/youth having been classified as severely emotionally disturbed.
5) A classroom teacher with some children in the class having been classified as having a severe emotional disturbance.
6) Staff whose work with children has been with the developmentally disabled population only.
7) An individual whose work has been with children from ages 0-5.
DMHA reserves to right to make the final determination of whether or not an applicant’s SED experience meets CMHW services qualification criteria.