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Formerly St. Louis Center for Family Development

Sparlin Mental Health (Sparlin) offers various types of training and consultations to help professionals achieve their goals. From didactic courses and learning labs for individuals to custom programs for entire agencies, we can assist in your mission to make a shift in paradigm, alter service delivery or implement a specific treatment model. The individualized consultation and coaching is especially useful for organizations that seek to achieve measurable changes to outcomes and are willing to invest the time and resources over an extended period of time.

At Sparlin, we approach each session with an emphasis on applied learning, interactive experiences and active participation. Our programs are also characterized by sustainable skill development. We believe that the harried lifestyle of today requires an intentional effort to focus so that we can absorb new information. Without being able to directly relate to the concepts it is difficult to retain the learning. We incorporate the practice of Mindfulness into all of our sessions.

Trauma-Informed Training Initiative

A “trauma-informed approach” consists of organizational and individual paradigm shifts that promote the understanding, implement responses and create policies that are designed to lessen the deleterious effects of trauma and promote healing. Many experts conceptualize this as a shift in culture and view it as a process.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a well-researched, comprehensive treatment for people who have intense emotions they are unable to manage in constructive ways. When people struggle with intense emotions, the results can be impulsive or emotion-based actions that cause pain and problems in their lives and the lives of those around them.

Motivational Interviewing Training

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is both an approach to working with individuals or groups who are looking to make needed changes in their lives and a treatment for substance use disorders. Motivational Interviewing has become a widely accepted and practiced approach to working with anyone who is considering making changes in their life.