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The East Central Region is proud to offer funding for trainings within our community as well as for our provider and school personnel!

Please see the following protocols to request funding as a contracted provider or as a school within our nine counties.

FY24 Protocol for Providers to Apply for Training Funding

FY24 Protocol for Schools to Apply for Brain Health Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Trauma Informed Care (TIC) trainings, are open to all ECR providers and community members, free of charge.

For more information on any of the trainings or funding opportunities, please contact Jan Heidemann.

Jan Heidemann
203 1st Avenue NE
Waverly, IA 50677

Email: jheidemann@ecriowa.us
Phone: (319) 352-2993


Trainings that are offered throughout the region and hosted or funded by the ECR can also be found on the News page under Training Opportunities.

ECR Sponsored Offerings

Proudly partnering with Meraki Institute on Learning, the ECR is offering a webinar series for the 2024 fiscal year.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 Cultivating Safety: A foundation for providing effective treatment services

Register by clicking here


Wednesday, December 27, 2023 Mindfulness for Human Service Workers 

Register by clicking here


Wednesday, January 31, 2024 Understanding Emotional Dysregulation and Trauma Informed Responses 

Register by clicking here


Wednesday, February 28, 2024 Person Centered Approaches

Register by clicking here

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an interactive 8-hour certification class that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.

Specifically, participants learn:

  • The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury,
  • An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities,
  • A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care,
  • The appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.

Similar to CPR, you will become certified as a Mental Health First Aider.

Participants for each training vary, but include hospitals and federally qualified health centers, state policymakers, employers and chambers of commerce, faith communities, school personnel, state police and corrections staff, nursing home staff, mental health authorized support staff, young people, families, and the general public.

For more information on this evidence based class, please visit the Mental Health First Aid website or contact Jan Heidemann.

The MH/DS of the East Central Region is proud to provide Trauma Informed Care Training.

Trauma Informed Care training will cover the impact trauma has on your biology, the effects of trauma in a person’s life, how behavior is a learned defense to protect oneself from their previous trauma, and the foundation of looking at clients from the focus of “What happened to you?” as opposed to “What’s wrong with you?”.

Over the course of 2015, 17 people from various agencies within the Region have attended classes on trauma informed care.  These classes have been conducted by Dr. Robert Macy and Frank Grijalva of the International Trauma Center.  They also provided the TCI training that is used at Tanager Place and the training for the Pediatric Mental Intensive Care centers in Iowa.

The 17 students were recruited from various provider agencies throughout the Region and are available to provide information and instruction in trauma informed care for your staff.  Because the Region financed the training at no cost to the various agencies, the training will be provided to everyone within the Region at no cost.

The training is designed to fit your agency’s needs.  We will work to ensure that the class fits within your time frame.  The amount and depth of the material can be adjusted to match the needs of the attendees and the time allotted.

If you would like to have someone present a class on Trauma Informed Care to your staff, please send the following information to Jan Heidemann.

  • The name of your agency or group
  • Your name and contact information
  • The time and date of the training
  • The location of the training
  • The availability of computer equipment
  • The length of the training
  • The approximate number of attendees

LivingWorks ASIST teaches participants to provide a skilled intervention and develop a collaborative safety plan to keep someone safe and alive. For more information or to schedule a training, please contact Jan Heidemann.

Previously Recorded ECR Sponsored Trainings

03/12/2021  |  Live Stream  |  PowerPoint

02/26/2021  |  Live Stream  |  PowerPoint

02/12/2021  |  Live Stream  |  PowerPoint

01/29/2021  |  Live Stream  |  PowerPoint

01/13/2021  |  Dr. Celina Peerman - Knowing How and When to Change  |  YouTube  |  Worksheet