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Virtual CAFAS Intermediate Trainer Booster

Information Details
Start Date Tuesday, August 16, 2022
End Date Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Event Times
Log on to Zoom: 8:45am
Training: 9:00am - 4:00pm each day
Lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Event Details
To participate in this training, you MUST be an employee of a Michigan CMHSP or a CMHSP contract provider. You MUST already be trained as a CAFAS Trainer with a minimum of two years training experience to attend this Training for Agency Trainers Booster.

The interactive Virtual CAFAS Intermediate Trainer Booster will be offered to CAFAS Agency Trainers who have already attended the CAFAS Beginner Booster training and are looking for different methods of providing boosters. The two-day training will be provided by Heidi Wale Knizacky, MS, LLP and is intended for staff providing CAFAS training in their CMHSP or contract agencies for a minimum of two years.

This Train-the-Trainer workshop introduces experienced CAFAS trainers to interactive training materials as well as to methods and ideas for increasing both participation and critical thinking approaches amongst CAFAS rater trainees at their home CMHs. Content focuses not only on review of rating guidelines for the CAFAS, but also uses of outcome data, clinical application of the CAFAS, and identifying functioning information within video vignettes. The training is founded on the premise that raters have core knowledge about how to rate the CAFAS but may not have the same depth of understanding when it comes to using the CAFAS as a clinical tool in daily work.


There is no fee to attend this training. Training materials will be emailed to you. While there is no fee, we request written cancellation notice to amiller@cmham.org within three business days of the training if you find that you are unable to attend. Substitutions are permitted three business days prior to the training. Registration closes August 9, 2022, at 5 p.m.


8:45 am    Log into Zoom
9:00 am    Exploring Interactive Learning Concepts
12:00 pm  Lunch Break
1:00 pm    The Role of CAFAS in Clinical Practice
4:00 pm    Training Day One Ends

8:45 am    Log into Zoom
9:00 am    Identify Information Indicative of Functional Impairment
12:00 pm  Lunch Break
1:00 pm    Shifting from Ratings to Results
3:30 pm    Test and Wrap-Up
4:00 pm    Training Ends


1. Role-play interactive learning activities.

2. Explain the relationship between outcome feedback and treatment effectiveness.

3. Diagram the role of assessment within evidence-based practice.

4. Recognize the impact of clinical interviewing methods on assessment reliability.

5. Teach how to identify and assess behaviors that interfere with youth academic performance.

6. Teach how to identify and assess problems with youth fulfilling age-typical roles as a family member.

7. Teach how to identify and assess problems with youth abiding by community laws and norms.

8. Teach how to identify and assess interpersonal skills impairments of youth.

9. Teach how to identify and assess functional impairments related to moods and emotions.

10. Teach how to identify and assess behaviors of risk to personal safety.

11. Teach how to identify and assess the impact of a youth’s substance use behaviors on functioning.

12. Teach how to identify and assess the impact of rational thought disturbance on youth functioning.

Who Should Attend

Mental health professionals who are experienced as CAFAS Trainers and have previously completed a basic CAFAS Trainer Booster.

While Heidi Wale Knizacky was earning an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, she worked in the office of the Michigan Level of Functioning Project and was introduced to the CAFAS®. This experience awakened her passion for using measurement to enrich communication, support clinical practices, and improve service programs. In addition to working as a clinician, Heidi has worked with organizations across North America to support staff and care for individuals by integrating evidence-based measurement and best-research practices into programming. Clinical topics Heidi especially enjoys are Motivational Interviewing, applied behavioral management practices, and working with youth who are experiencing serious behavioral challenges.
CEUs Social Workers: This course qualifies for a maximum of 12 Continuing Education hours. The Community Mental Health Association of Michigan is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Approved Provider Number: MICEC 060818. Qualifies as “face-to-face (in-person) education.”

Certificate Awarded: After confirmation that you have fully participated in this training your Continuing Education Certificate will be emailed to you within 30 days of the training. Certificate Issued By: Christina Ward, Director of Education & Training; cward@cmham.org.; 517-374-6848

Evaluation/Grievance: There will be an opportunity for each participant to complete an evaluation of the course and the instructor. If you have any issues with the way in which this conference was conducted or other problems, you may note that on your evaluation or you may contact CMHAM at 517-374-6848 for resolution.

Virtual Training Accommodations: If you need accommodations to attend this training, please email your request to msholtz@cmham.org 10 business days before the event. If you have concerns about using the Zoom platform you can reach out to amiller@cmham.org at any time prior to the training to discuss your concerns.

Virtual Participation: Virtual trainings are to be treated with the same attention and vigor as an in-person training. You are expected to actively participate in the virtual training. See below for additional information about virtual education recommendations and requirements. 
1. After registering through the CMHA website, you will receive a confirmation email.
2. One week prior to the training, we will send you an email which will include a link to register for the training in Zoom. 
3. Your Zoom confirmation email will include the link to access the training for the dates scheduled, these links are specific to the registrant, each individual will need their own unique link. It is recommended that you save the Zoom link in your calendar for easy access the day of the training. 
4. You must watch the virtual training LIVE to receive credit for the training. 
5. A computer or tablet is required for participating in this virtual training. Cell phones are not acceptable due to size limitation when viewing the PowerPoint slides and participating in polls. Phone audio only option is not acceptable. 
6. Only 1 participant per Zoom link/device—each registrant will need to log in individually for accurate CE participation tracking. 
7. In order to receive credit for this training attendees must be on video via their own device, showing the individual throughout the entire training (unless otherwise directed by the presenter) and be situated in a way that is sufficient for active engagement and learning as determined by CMHA.
8. Technology challenges: It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure that their technology is working and that they are familiar with Zoom. CMHA Staff will not be able to assist you with IT challenges during the training. Click here to access detailed instructions and videos if you are unfamiliar with zoom.
9. Chat Feature: Lack of response to multiple Chats directly from moderators may impact your ability to receive continuing education credits. After 3 failed attempts to reach the attendee via Chat, you will not be eligible to receive continuing education credits.
10. We do not allow for training participants to be in their automobile/driving during trainings due to Michigan Distracted Driving Laws. Here is a link that has more information on Distracted Driving.  
11. It is recommended that attendees log into the Zoom waiting room at least 15 minutes before the training begins. 
12. Registration reports will indicate arrival and departure times (note for continuing education you must be logged into the virtual training within 5 minutes of the start of the training). 
13. Polls will be randomly given with a limited time for attendees to respond. This is required for continuing education. 
14. Internet: A strong internet connection is highly recommended. If your internet service is not able to stream videos, it will likely not be strong enough to support a virtual training. You will want a minimum upload speed of 5mbps. If technology may be an issue for you, please contact CMHA at 517-374-6848 to discuss options further. 
15. Each training takes place in the time zone of its location and all agenda times reflect that. 
16. After confirmation that you have fully participated in this training, completed the polls and evaluation (via Survey Monkey), your Continuing Education Certificate will be emailed to you within 30 days of the training.

Continuing Education Rules indicate that if you are over 5-minutes late or depart early, you forfeit your CEs for the entire training. Please note that this is a National rule that CMHA must enforce or we could lose our provider status to provide CEs in the future. This rule will be strictly followed.
Grant Funding/Sponsors
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, through the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, has provided funding for this initiative through Federal Community Mental Health Block Grant.

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