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October, 2013

Changing Together

Welcome to the October issue of Common Ground!  We hope you find this new format user friendly and the information useful. 

Enjoy the change of season!  

Death by PowerPoint - What Trainers Can 
Do To Help 
Kelli Hughes, Esq.

Death-by-PowerPoint (DBP) is a real term and criticism assigned to slide-based presentations.  It's likely that we've all been touched by it at some point as either a victim or a carrier.  The good news is that it is avoidable!  This article provides some tips to keep your audience engaged during a presentation.  

Trainer Tips
To avoid the "Death by PowerPoint" epidemic in your next training, familiarize yourself with these resources.  


Baby Veronica:  A Test Case for ICWA
Nicole Adams, Executive Communications Manager/NICWA

By now, most trainers have probably heard snippets in the news about "Baby Veronica."  This case gained national attention as a result of a long-standing custody battle fought between the child's birth father and the adoptive family who both vied for the right to love and rear Veronica, now 4 years old. 


Youth Voice - Meet Jamole Callahan


He is friendly, engaging and musically talented.  He is also very knowledgeable about the issues and needs affecting transitioning youth in care.  After all, he lived in and out of nine foster homes before emancipating at age 17.


Announcements and  Initiatives

- Learn about the new trainer contract

- Help out a fellow trainer

- Get resources to help you understand the new DSM-5

- Find out about new staff at ODJFS and PCSAO


Tips from the RTC Coordinators

We can all improve from these great tips!


Read More 

RTC News
See what's going on around the State of Ohio.



The OCWTP is celebrating Brian Wear, Ronna Johnson, Jodie Hembree, Les Helms, Dan Houston and Jim White. 


Trainer Resources
Links to keep you informed and build your training skills. 

Training Dates 

Presentation Skills:  
December 18-20, 2013 and May 13-15, 2014


Curriculum Development: 

November 6-7, 2013 and February 5-6, 2014 


So You Want to be an OCWTP Trainer: 

January 17, 2014 and April 4, 2014 


Transfer of Learning: 

January 3, 2014 and April 3, 2014 



November 25, 2013 and May 6, 2014  
Trainer Conference:
March 3, 2014


Culture & Diversity:  Contact Debra Sparrow



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