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Needs Assessment Training Series #1: Community Assessment Overview

September 19, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

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This is the first of a 3-part Needs Assessment training webinar series, along with accompanying technical assistance. The sessions are meticulously designed to equip participants with a solid foundational understanding to successfully engage in and complete an initial needs assessment process. Comprised of three comprehensive sessions, this training series aims to provide a holistic knowledge base while facilitating the application of concepts through interactive components, discussions, and practical exercises. During the first session, participants will delve into the essential components of a needs assessment, exploring the ‘Why,’ ‘Who,’ ‘What,’ and ‘How’ of the process, with special emphasis on understanding the purpose and benefits for the key stakeholders involved in programming. We will also start to discuss the initial steps for conducting a needs assessment, including steps for 3 levels of needs assessment and will provide information on steps for a basic needs assessment, steps for a more intermediate one, and steps for a more advanced needs assessment.


CE Total: No continuing education credits available.
Target Audience: 
Counselors, Social workers, Bereavement support professionals
Instructional Level:
Basic – This best describes a topic or issue that the prospective audience is encountering for the first time in a meaningful way.
 Live Interactive Webinar

This session is part of the Needs Assessment Training Series. To learn more and register for the upcoming sessions, click here.

Cost: Free for all who wish to attend.



By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Increase understanding and knowledge of the purpose and benefits of conducting a needs assessments.
  2. Increase knowledge of all of the steps involved in conducting a needs assessment.
  3. Increase knowledge of the initial steps for conducting a needs assessment, including steps for 3 levels of needs assessment: Level 1- Basic; Level 2- Intermediate; 3- Advanced.


Speaker Bio:

Ailala Kay (she/her), MA, is OMNI’s Director of Learning and Development. Ms. Kay has been with OMNI since 2004 and has overseen the provision of learning and development-focused projects, such as training, technical assistance, coaching, evaluation, and facilitation services to multiple state and local government agencies, foundations, and non-profits. Ms. Kay brings particular expertise in the design and delivery of trainings and facilitations focused on areas of needs assessment, strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation processes while supporting groups to optimize their efficiency, cohesion, collaboration, and decision-making. She is a certified performance coach, trainer of Prevention Ethics and Substance Abuse Specialist Trainer (SAPST) training, and is also certified in Effective Facilitator Strategies, Keys to Sustainability (CAPT), and Communities that Care, and is a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) facilitator. Ms. Kay is also a staff adjunct for the University of Oklahoma Master of Prevention Science degree program.

Ona Crow (she/her), CPSII, MSW, is a Senior Learning and Development Manager and has been with OMNI for 5 years.  She brings over 15 years of experience in both direct service and project/program management with diverse populations. She values the power of community in creating systemic transformation to solve complex problems and sees strong relationships as the foundation of this work. Ona brings high-level expertise and experience in developing and delivering training grounded in adult-learning theory and interactive, and  equitable approaches. Ona brings an embodied, authentic, and joyful presence to training and facilitation. She is an expert at designing effective, engaging, and customized training processes that center equity, as well as customizing the process of knowledge and skill building to meet the unique needs of each organization or group she is working with.


Refund/cancellation policy: If you need to cancel your registration, please contact Megan Lopez at or at (432) 288-4688. Please note that no refunds will be given.

To request accessibility accommodations: The National Alliance for Children’s Grief is committed to providing universal access to all our events. Please contact Megan Lopez at or at (432) 288-4688 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.


September 19, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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