UPCOMING EVENTS


Integrating Education and Mental Health: Pathways for Student Success

with Ohio Department of Education expert panel
Sue Cosmo, Director, Non-Public Education Options
Heidi Kleinman, Interim Dispute Resolution Coordinator, Office for Exceptional Children
Aaron Rausch, Director, Office of Budget and School Funding

Tuesday, December 10 | 10:00AM – 12:00PM
@ Ohio Children’s Alliance | 2600 Corporate Exchange Dr | Suite 180

Ohio Children’s Alliance will host a panel of Ohio Department Education experts who will take a deeper dive into how schools and child providers can work together to support the whole child.  The panel will address topics including IEPs, school transportation, and how to utilize funding streams for behavioral services such as mental health counseling services, wraparound funding, mentoring, and after-school programs.  The presentation will be followed by open discussion.  Questions about public, private, or community school practices and procedures will be answered here!

Free MEMBER-ONLY Event | Limited Seating | Email admin@ohiochildrensalliance.org to save your seat!


2019-2020 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.

December 5-6, 2019 – Columbus @ Embassy Suites Columbus, 2700 Corporate Exchange Drive


2020 Training Dates in Columbus, Ohio:

  • February 13-14

  • 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.


Training Objectives

  • Identify ways that traumatic experiences have the potential to impact child development and health throughout the lifespan.
  • Cite at least two key research studies that demonstrate the potential impacts of childhood trauma on the lifespan.
  • Explain why trauma-informed care is so vital, and distinguish between traditional mental health treatment and trauma-informed care.
  • Describe the nature of the research that supports the efficacy of TF-CBT.
  • Identify and define each component of the TF-CBT model.
  • Recognize the importance of respectful and empowering client engagement in the treatment process.
  • Understand the rationale behind each TF-CBT component and be able to use at least 3 tools or strategies for each of the model’s components.
  • Access and practice trauma focused assessment tools.

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.


2020 Training Dates in Columbus, Ohio:


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.


Managing and Mastering the Business of your Back Office in Behavioral Health

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

March 11, 2020 | 9:00AM-12:00PM | Documentation and Diagnosis Coding.  Why Diagnosis Coding is more important than you think.  Specific billing-coding rules for individual, group, interactive complexity.  And much much more!

March 11, 2020 | 1:00PM-4:00PM | Building a Successful Compliance Plan.  Create a billing compliance plan with OIG guidance, including the seven critical elements.  Tales from an audit perspective.  And more!

Registration to open soon!


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.