Training and Education Seminars

At Porter-Starke Services, we want to share the latest news, trends, and explorations in mental health and well-being. We offer training and educational seminars on a range of topics. Presenters include our own highly-qualified staff or guests from the local, national or international sector. By providing training and education, Porter-Starke Services aims to grow a more knowledgeable and compassionate community.

Learn@Lunch
These FREE educational presentations focus on current topics and issues related to mental health and addiction. Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available through Porter-Starke Services for $5, when applicable. Presentations are typically held every third Tuesday of the month, rotating locations between Valparaiso, Portage, and Knox. Learn More.

Living Health, Balance & Hope Symposium
Hosted annually by the Porter-Starke Services Foundation, the symposium educates the clinical and general community while raising awareness of mental health and substance abuse issues in our community. Past presenters include Steve Ford, Bill O’Hanlon, and Porter-Starke Services clinicians. Attendees include the general public, business leaders, and clinicians from Indiana, Chicago, and Michigan. Learn More.

Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Learn risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns; information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance abuse; a 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health concern or currently in crisis; and available evidence-based professional, peer, and self-help resources. This course is delivered by staff of Porter-Starke Services, certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructors who have completed a 5-day training and meet certification requirements. Learn More.

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training

  • Basic information about mental disorders.
  • Skills to recognize mental disorders and psychiatric crises/episodes.
  • Techniques to de-escalate a situation involving an individual experiencing a psychiatric crisis.
  • Information about the mental health services provided in the community and how to facilitate access to these services.