CURRENT EVENTS


2020 Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training.  This 2-day training prepares clinicians to begin the practice of Trauma-Focused CBT.  See below for links to Certification criteria.

The event qualifies for 11 CEUs (5.5 each day) for Ohio Social Workers and Counselors, in addition to CEUs earned for online pre-course requirements.

2-Day Registration Fee – $250
Includes venue, all onsite training materials, access to trainer’s shared resources. Options for low-cost breakfast and lunch buffets available.


2020 Training Dates in Columbus, Ohio:

  • February 13-14, 9am-4pm

  • May 28-29

  • August 13-14

  • Two dates to be added for Fall 2020.


TF-CBT CERTIFICATION Criteria and online course Pre-requisite Available Here

Post training consultation calls available through this trainer for an additional fee* after completion of onsite training.
*Consultation fee is $300 with this trainer, and includes 9-12 consultation calls.  

Evidence-Based Therapy for Children

Overview: This 2-day training program prepares therapists and clinicians to use an innovative and evidence-based form of therapy for children.  Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or TF-CBT, is specifically adapted for children who have experienced trauma and who are having significant emotional and/or behavioral problems related to their traumatic life events.

What is TF-CBT?
TF-CBT is a psychosocial treatment model designed to treat post-traumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral problems in children. Initially developed to address the psychological trauma associated with child sexual abuse, the model has been adapted for use with children who have a wide array of traumatic experiences, including domestic violence, traumatic loss, and the often multiple psychological traumas experienced by children prior to foster care placement.  Learn more about TF-CBT.


About the Trainer
The training is conducted by Kristine Buffington, MSW, LISW-S, a certified TF-CBT trainer. Kristine is considered an expert in trauma informed care and trains providers, courts, agencies, and therapists nationwide in TF-CBT under the direction of Judith Cohen, MD and Anthony Mannarino, Ph.D., the developers of this treatment model. Kristine served as Chair of the Ohio Department of Mental Health Child Trauma Task Force Training and Evidence Based Practices Committee. She is a former member and past chair of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Juvenile Delinquency Committee.


Ohio Children’s Alliance offers TF-CBT training with grant support from RALI Ohio.  The Ohio Children’s Alliance is among other statewide associations doing our part to reduce opioid abuse and help with addiction recovery. RALI Ohio is assisting our organization as well as the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, the Public Children’s Services Association of Ohio, the VFW, LifeCare Alliance and others, to help in our efforts to provide meaningful programs and education to the families and individuals we serve.


Mastering the Business Side of Medicine in Behavioral Health Redesign

Wednesday, March 11 | 9:00AM-4:00PM

@ Ohio Children’s Alliance | 2600 Corporate Exchange Dr | Suite 180

March 11, 2020 | 9:00AM-12:00PM | Diagnosis Coding and Bullet Proof Documentation!

Who should attend?  Billing and Clinical Staff
In this session: Why diagnosis coding is more important than you think
Understanding MH diagnosis codes: ADHD group of codes and their part in quality programs; Differences in depression codes vs disorders; ICD-10 codes relating to psychological development in adolescence and emotional disorders; ICD-10 connection to future reimbursement (what is HCC and value-based care in relation to our diagnosis coding); ICD-10 codes and relationship to DSM-5.
Bullet proof documentation specific to individual, group, interactive complexity and more; validation when needed and quickly scanning a record for required info; building of and pitfalls of using templates and using your EMR strengths.

March 11, 2020 | 1:00PM-4:00PM | Building a Successful Compliance Plan.

Who should attend?  Management, Billing Staff, and Quality Control Professionals
You need a Billing Compliance Plan!
In this session: Create and Maintain a Billing Compliance Plan
 – Starting Point, Establishing a purpose; OIG guidance; Defining the seven elements; Tips for effectiveness; Maintaining the plan with accountability. Exercise of building a compliance plan with an outline worksheet provided.
Tales from an audit perspective: Case studies; Types of audits and differences between HEDIS, HCC, and/or suspected billing errors; case examples with issues; Understanding how data mining works and reasons for audits!


Meet the Trainer: Sonda Kunzi

Ms. Sonda Kunzi, CPC COC CPCO CPMA CPPM CPC-I, has more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare. Her expertise includes comprehensive knowledge of ICD10 and CPT coding concepts, documentation and training, compliance and healthcare reimbursement methodology. Her experience comes from working in a variety of positions as a consultant and as a professional within hospital‐owned and private medical practices. Sonda is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Professional Outpatient Coder (COC) Certified Professional Biller (CPB) Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO) Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA), Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM) an AAPC licensed coding instructor (CPC‐I) and an AHIMA approved trainer for ICD‐10CM.


Save the Date!

44th Annual Spring Conference

April 20-21, 2020

@ Marriott Columbus University Area | 3100 Olentangy River Road | Columbus, Ohio

Keynote Speakers and Breakout Session Tracks Featuring System of Care coordination with OhioMHAS resources, Ohio Education initiatives featuring the strategic plan: Each Child, Our Future, and including many sessions for Leaders, Trauma-Informed Care, Behavioral Health, Foster Care and Adoption, FFPSA updates, and much much more!

Submit your workshop proposal by January 23rd

Sponsorship opportunities to be announced soon!

Attendee Early Registration to open in just a few weeks.



Call for Workshop Proposals Now Open!  To Submit a Proposal before Feb 14:


Planning to submit a TIC Summit Workshop Proposal? Download current required Presenter Disclosure Form HERE. (also available for download in the online Proposal Submission form).


Save the Date for the Hope 4 the Wounded 2020 Conference!


For more information on Hope 4 the Wounded, or 2020 Conference Sponsorship, go to hope4thewounded.org

Watch for more information, including keynote, sponsorship and attendee registration links!


Save the Date for our 2020 Fall Conference! 

October 19-20, 2020

@ Renaissance Columbus Westerville Polaris | 409 Altair Parkway | Westerville, Ohio