Professional Development Program

By Leslie Scott, MSSA, LSW, CTP-C
Professional Development Coordinator



For the past 50 years, Huckleberry House has prided itself on being an expert in adolescent and young adult care. Our driving force is our commitment to our clients. This year, we expanded our commitment to our clients by starting a new adventure — a Professional Development Program. Our commitment to our clients doesn’t begins within our doors, but within our community; we work to improve services offered to teens and young adults.  Huckleberry House Professional Development Program aims to teach professionals across Ohio skills to make them experts in teen and young adult care. Our promise to you is simple, we only teach what we know works.

“The training is informative and applicable to a wide variety of needs. I found the skills easy to apply to everyday work with teens and young adults.” – Erica Schnitz, MSW, LISW

What to Expect

When you attend a training with Huckleberry House, you gain evidenced-based and youth-informed skills. Every scenario, practice case study, and skill provided are specific to teen and young adult challenges. Huckleberry House offers three curriculum: (1) Working with Young Adults: How Housing Instability Influences Their Outcomes, (2) Trauma Informed Care: Changing the Way We Think, and (3) Documentation 101: What, Why, and How to Document.  Social workers can earn 2 CEUs for each training attended.

“Simple enough to understand, informative enough for me to know everything about documentation” – Grace Brown, MSW, LSW

“Very knowledgeable and informative” – Housing Professional Participant

What’s Next

Join us on July 22, 2019 for our “Working with Young Adults: Skill Based Training”. In two sessions, earn 4 CEUs for Social Workers and over 30 different skills for working with teens and young adults.

Training One: 9 am – 11 am

Working with Young Adults: Impact from Trauma, Housing Instability, & Survival Behaviors 

This training educates participants on key skills and intervention techniques to use when working with young adults. The course focuses on the impact of trauma and homelessness on human brain development, as well as building effective intervention skills to use with this population. Intervention skills are designed for case managers, therapists, and front-line staff. Participants will engage in empathy and awareness building activities to explore how housing insecurity, underdeveloped communication skills, and survival behaviors impact an individual’s ability to thrive. Participants are given 30 different communication, rapport building, and engagement focused skills. All focusing on young adult clients.

Training Two: 12 pm – 2 pm

Trauma Informed Care: Changing the Way We Think

This training provides education on evidenced based trauma informed care models, effects of trauma, and how to identify trauma histories in adolescents and young adult clients. Participants will practice various interventions to use with clients, learn how to identify if a client is within their window of tolerance, how to recognize trauma related symptoms, and how to engage with clients when they are experiencing a crisis or traumatic response. Participants will also gain education on signs of secondary trauma, stressors that contribute to secondary trauma, and how to reduce or prevent secondary trauma.


Registration is easy – just go to our EventBrite page and enter your information! 

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Items we need:

Clothing and Personal Items

  • Underwear
  • Sweatpants (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Sweatshirts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Shorts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • T-shirts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Socks
  • Wallets
  • Earbuds

          Please note that we are unable to accept any used clothing items.

General Supplies

  • Composition notebooks/journals
  • Adult coloring books
  • Colored pencils
  • Art supplies
  • “Smell goods” (i.e. Bath & Body Works)

Toiletries and Hygiene Products

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner*
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Body soap*
  • Tootbrushes and toothpaste*
  • Brushes and combs
  • Ethnic hair care products

    The * denotes that the item must be in a full size bottle.

Misellaneous Items

  • Baby items
  • Pillows
  • Solid color twin comforters and sheet sets
  • Kitchen utensils, general cleaning and laundry supplies, picture frames
  • Non-perishable food items for youth outreach (crackers, cup of soup, fruit snacks, chips)
  • Gift cards from $5 to $25 for fast food restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations
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