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Virtual - LOCUS Cohort: Independent Criteria, Overrides, and Clinical Rationales

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Start Date Friday, December 01, 2023
Event Times
Sign into Virtual Training - 09:15 AM
Education - 09:30 AM to NOON
Event Details

***You must be pre-approved prior to registering for the LOCUS Cohorts. When you click register - it will take you to a survey to answer a few questions. Your answers will be reviewed and you will then be contacted by email whether you have been approved or denied. If approved, you will be given the special registration link to officially register***

This live webinar will assist trainers/supervisors/administrators in developing their teaching skills relative to teaching about independent criteria, overrides, and clinical rationales with the LOCUS (Level of Care Utilization System). Emphasis will be on teaching and assessing for competency on this subject matter.

There is NO cost for this training.


9:15-9:30 a.m.                    Log into Zoom

9:30-10:45 a.m.                 Introductions and Follow-up to last month’s session

                                                Teaching Independent Criteria

  • Purpose of independent criteria and overrides.
  • Importance of Risk Management
  • Writing a good clinical rationale
  • Teaching strategies for independent criteria, overrides, and clinical rationales

10:45-11 a.m.                       Break

11-11:20 a.m.                        Breakout sessions: Problem solving and practice

11:20-11:45 a.m.                 Debriefing with full group

11:45 a.m.-Noon                Next Session Preparation and Q & A


Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will identify the purpose of having “independent criteria” built into the LOCUS and how it affects scoring and Level of Care determination.
  2. Participants will learn about the importance of risk management as part of clinical practice and LOCUS use.
  3. Participants will identify the purpose of overrides within the LOCUS and relevancy of writing clinical rationales.
  4. Participants will examine each of the three dimensions affected by independent criteria and develop strategies for teaching scoring for these dimensions.
  5. Participants will identify five teaching approaches for educating on LOCUS overrides and clinical rationales.
Jean Pfaendtner, LMSW - MDHHS LOCUS Consultant
Jasmin White, LPC, CAADC - MDHHS LOCUS Consultant
CEUs Social Workers: This course qualifies for a maximum of 2.5 Continuing Education hours. The Community Mental Health Association 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”.
Cancellation Policy
Cancellation Policy: Substitutions are permitted three business days prior to the training. We request written cancellation notice 10 business days before training (nstratton@cmham.org) if you find that you are unable to attend once you have registered.
Weather Policy
Grant Funding/Sponsors
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, through the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan, has provided funding for this initiative through Federal Community Mental Health Block Grant.

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