Training Institute

As a mental healthcare leader in the state of Florida, LSF Health Systems provides training opportunities for service providers and stakeholders within the 23-county Northeast and North Central Florida region. Through the LSF Health Systems Training Institute, Continuing Education (CE) credits are reported to the CE Broker and the Florida Certification Board in a variety of training areas, including but not limited to the following:

  • Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)
  • Baker Act and Marchman Act
  • Certified Peer Specialist Training
  • Child Welfare Orientation
  • Competency Restoration
  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
  • Cultural Competency
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Evidence-Based Practice Implementation
  • High Fidelity Wraparound Model
  • Mental Health First Aid (Adult and Youth)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • National Trauma-Informed Care Model
  • Question, Persuade, Respond, Treat (QPRT)
  • Strength-Based Skills Training
  • Substance Abuse 101
  • Suicide Prevention

To see a calendar of upcoming trainings and registration information, please visit our Training Registration Portal.

Training Opportunities

LSF Health Systems is certified by the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Florida Certification Board, and CE Broker as an education provider. We work hand-in-hand with various organizations to ensure that our trainings effectively address the needs of their workforce and the complex issues within our behavioral health system of care. All trainings are customized to address the unique needs and goals of providers, families, and communities.

Assisted Living Facilities – Limited Mental Health (ALF-LMH) (8 hours) 

  • The 8-hour refresher course is designed for individuals who need to obtain and maintain ALF-LMH licensure. The focus of the course is a review of relevant statutes and administrative code. Successful passing of course exam is required to receive credit. To maintain good standing, ALF staff having client contact must complete this full day of training, which was developed by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), within 6 months after the ALF obtains its Limited Mental Health License, or within 6 months of hiring new staff. Following the initial training, 3 hours of Mental Health continuing education is required every two years.

Mission of healing and reconciliation Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) (40 hours) 

  • The Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) designation is an entry-level credential for persons who use their professional preparation in combination with their lived experience to help others achieve and maintain recovery from substance use and/or mental health conditions. This is a 5 day training for a total of 40 hours providing practical and experiential training on how to work as a peer specialist. There are three different endorsements of lived experience that certified professionals can add to the credential.

Child Welfare Integration Orientation (1 hour) 

  • Gain understanding of the field of child welfare and the ability to navigate and work within the child welfare system. Learn strategies to apply learned information towards client readiness in order to successfully meet goals. Participants will learn how to discuss information on cases and how to work in partnership with systems integration. Participants will also learn to utilize the Access to Care line as a caseworker/case manager, child protective investigator or family support specialist.

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Refresher (8 hours)

  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is an 8-hour training that provides updated information on the Memphis Model for Law Enforcement Personnel. Participants learn strategies to resolve crisis calls that place officers face-to-face with complex issues relating to mental illness. Community CIT programs are a collaborative effort bringing together the police and community to address common goals of safety, understanding, and service to individuals who have a mental illness and their families.

Cultural Competency (4 hours or more) 

  • Focuses on awareness, knowledge, and understanding of diversity in our communities. Enables participants to define and describe health disparities in behavioral healthcare, identify the stages of minority identity development model, understand how to communicate effectively with patients from different cultures, and apply cultural competencies in practice.

Child Psychotherapy (8 hours)

  • This workshop provides innovative and transformative methods that can be used during the child therapeutic process to facilitate the exploration of fears, tap into strengths and process traumas. Learn innovative solution-focused, person-centered, and cognitive-behavioral child therapy techniques that can be applied while working with children.

De-escalation Training (2 hours)

  • This training will provide attendees with verbal de-escalation and conflict resolution tactics and strategies to utilize with someone who is in crisis. Participants will learn skills to effectively communicate with people in a crisis to reduce the possibility of physical intervention. The training will include techniques to handle and understand mental health crises. Participants will engage in real life role plays to practice learned skills and assess safety and professional boundaries.

Domestic Violence Training (1.5 hours)

  • In this training, participants will learn signs that identify someone who may be a victim of domestic violence, how to talk to someone about the violence, and how to prepare a safety plan with a victim. They will also learn the harm of victim-blaming and where to refer a victim for help. Statistics will be provided as well as an overview of common myths. Training will vary slightly for law enforcement, medical personnel, and social services as they each play a different part in identifying warning signs and engaging in safety planning.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (8 hours)

  • Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. The various customized modules include: higher education, elderly, veterans and law enforcement.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) (8 hours)

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course that teaches members of the public key skills to assist an adolescent who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The 8-hour course covers a range of common disorders and potential crises such as helping a young person who is having a panic attack, contemplating suicide or struggling with substance abuse.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) (8-16 hours)

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based approach to promoting positive behavior change. Years of research has shown Motivational Interviewing to be a well-established approach across a wide range of settings, problems, and populations. It is most effective for clients ambivalent about changing or initially opposed to making changes.

Self-Care/Burnout Prevention (1.5 hours) 

  • Participants will understand the definition of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and secondary trauma. They will learn warning signs of burnout and prevention techniques they can use on a daily basis, as well as strategies that can be used while on the job.

Sexual Assualt Counseling Training (1 hour) 

  • Participants will understand the effects of sexual assault on a victim and on family members, and how a mind in crisis may recount a fragmented story. Participants will learn how to prepare a safety plan with a survivor of sexual assault as well as how to talk with them. Statistics will be provided as well as an overview of common myths.

SSI, SSDI, Outreach, Access and Referral (SOAR) – (16 hours)

  • This course trains case managers to effectively assist eligible individuals in applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

New State Hospital Training (1 hour)

  • Learn the process, procedures and criteria for state mental health treatment facilities.

Strength-Based Tools and Techniques (4 hours) 

  • This workshop provides strength-based engagement interventions that can be used when working with challenging dynamics within individuals and families. This workshop addresses how to intervene, document and make a meaningful impact when encountering avoidance, aggression, dependency and obsessive dynamics. This workshop introduces the value of behavioral health documentation and other commonly used documentation formats.

Substance Abuse 101 (2 hours)

  • This course helps participants learn and recognize common indicators, signs and symptoms of substance abuse; provides practical steps to identify a psychoactive substance and those that are most common in communities; addresses cultural factors related to substance abuse in youth; and teaches strategies to prevent and respond to substance abuse in a community setting.

New Targeted Case Management Training (8 hours – 12 hours) 

  • Targeted case managers must continually review and adhere to applicable state and/or federal rules, regulations, and contractual requirements. This 8-hour training covers the majority of topics required for new targeted case managers working in the behavioral healthcare field.

Traumatic Brain Injury Training (TBI) (duration of training varies) 

  • This workshop provides an introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), including mechanisms of TBI as well as signs, symptoms, severity levels, and rates of TBI in civilian and military populations. Recommendations for assessing, managing, and treating TBI are reviewed. The overlap between TBI and PTSD are discussed and the importance of care coordination strategies, resources, and services available to patients with TBI and their families are reviewed. This course is intended for mental health providers or medical professionals interested in gaining competency in working with individuals (military or civilian) who have sustained a TBI. The training hours vary for this course depending on audience needs.

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) (8 hours)

  • Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. It emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers.

Sponsored by the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, appropriate auxiliary aids and services are provided at no cost to deaf and hard-of-hearing clients and companions. Persons needing special accommodations to participate in any meeting/hearing should contact Fatou Mbaye at (904) 900-1075 for assistance.

LSF Health Systems, Inc.
(877) 229-9098

9428 Baymeadows Road, Building III, Suite 320
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Office: (904) 900-1075