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Mental Health First Aid Training Program

Free two-day course

Iowa City
November 29 and December 1, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

A two-day Mental Health First Training course will be offered in Iowa City November 29 and December 1, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. The course introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, and teaches a 5-step action plan for intervention. There is no cost to attend, but pre-enrollment is required. Attendance at both classes is required to be certified and earn CEUs.

Get in touch with instructor Peggy Loveless to register, by email at, or by 319.530.9847.

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1 Training

Evidence-based training to enhance communication for individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills

Monday, December 4, 8:00 AM – Tuesday, December 5, 4:00 PM
Omaha, Nebraska

This training is designed to teach theory and application of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).  The training teaches a variety of communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting.  According to Pyramid Educational Consultants, the organization offering the training, the use of pecs leads to acquisition of independent speech by a high proportion of preschoolers with communication disorders.  Participants will learn to implement the six phases of PECS through a variety of educational strategies. CEUs available.

To learn more or to register, click here.


Upcoming Events

Crossroads of Iowa Fifth Annual Transcending Trauma Seminar

A Review of Family Systems Principles with Applications to Leadership and the Assessment of Factors Underlying Trauma

Friday, January 26, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grand View University, Des Moines

Presenters will introduce the core principles of family systems thinking, which include understanding the role of thought in maintaining and reinforcing traumatic experiences, understanding how to use our natural faculties to move beyond life’s traumas, and practical steps to releasing past trauma and the chronic stress that accompanies it.  They will share strategies for applying these principles to help individuals, who have endured trauma, to experience more joy in their lives.  Register by phone at 515-633-7968, or online.

Ask Resource Center Annual Symposium

Featuring distinguished professor, researcher and advocate Ann Turnbull

Friday, December 8, 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Ramada Tropics Conference Center, Des Moines

The ultimate outcome of this workshop is to teach participants how to build “win-win-win” partnerships with families and caregivers, professionals, and individuals with disabilities throughout the lifespan. Ann Turnbull engages her audience through sharing her family story, then presents six key principles of trusting partnerships.  She employs a combination of presentation, small group problem-solving, videos, and discussions.  To learn more or to register, click here.

Training Sources

Access to Training

Our Training Sources page provides links to a variety of training resources that are available on an ongoing basis. Most of these resources are online, available any day, any time. Check websites for fees associated with the trainings.

The Conner Training Connection makes every effort to assure these listings are up-to-date. Visit our Training Sources page.

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Training Calendar

Please visit our interactive calendar to find trainings on disability-related topics, including autism, brain injury, mental health, self-advocacy and transition. We invite you to share trainings with us and others using the "Add Event" button on this calendar.

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