Training & Events

The Alliance offers comprehensive Professional Development training plus member-only Roundtables to assist members with grant writing, marketing, governance and more. Members benefit from the training and diverse experience of our staff and consultants — smart and effective thought leaders in their fields. Through The Alliance, nonprofits gain access to a deep well of information, including current data and research that are vital for forwarding their missions and conducting business.

Upcoming Opportunities

Our training expands the expertise of your staff at all levels – from direct service staff to supervisors, and senior executives to board members. Workshops are conducted by experts in their fields with experience in the nonprofit sector who demonstrate competency in both content knowledge and training. The Alliance is now creating learning modules to bring to our members throughout the state, including the Shoreline, Eastern CT, and Valley Lowland.

Visit our Professional Development calendar to view the wide range of workshops offered each month. Available training opportunities for nonprofits of all sizes include emerging nonprofit trends, leadership, technology, finance, human resources, communications, fundraising, and more.

For more information about Professional Development, please contact Odessa Lopez, Professional Training Specialist.


Management Roundtable meetings bring together nonprofit professionals for facilitated discussions on an interesting and relevant topic of interest to nonprofits. These free, member-only events are planned throughout the year for Executive Leadership, Development, Finance/Operations, Human Resources, Marketing/PR, Technology and more.

Our quarterly members-only Roundtables provide nonprofit members with the opportunity to network and collaborate on resolving issues that they have in common. Members share experiences, challenges, best practices, and ideas among colleagues to cultivate communication and collaboration.

Management Roundtables

Management Roundtables are scheduled on a rotating, quarterly basis. In an effort to bring our services and programs to members across the state, we host each roundtable in both the Hartford area and Fairfield County. These events are free for members and provide a great opportunity for networking and peer-to-peer learning.

Executive Leadership:
Past topics have covered: Strategic planning, leadership development, capacity building, board governance, and more.

Development Directors and Senior Staff
Past topics have covered: the evolution of philanthropy, donor engagement, grant seeking, board mobilization, and more.

Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing
Past topics have covered: nonprofit brand creation, social media, message strategy, media literacy, and more.

Human Resources
Past topics have covered: unemployment liability, FLSA Overtime Rule updates, maximizing employment benefits, 990 reviews, and more.

Past topics have covered: systems planning, technology upgrades, and more.

Clinical Directors Forum

Meets on the first Monday of every month from 9:30 – 11:00 am at the Rocky Hill office

The Clinical Forum includes Chief Financial Officers from both children’s and adult behavioral health organizations. Members of the forum engage in information sharing and problem-solving topics relevant to the provision of behavioral health clinical services for adult and children.

For additional information, please contact: Brunilda Ferraj, Senior Public Policy Specialist,

CFO Forum

Meets on the second Thursday of every other month from 9:30 – 11:00 am at the Rocky Hill office

This forum is attended by Clinical Directors or their designees from agencies that provide clinical services to children or adults. Members of the forum discuss key issues of concern and share information relevant to behavioral health CFOs, such as electronic health records, rates, and employee health benefits.

For additional information, please contact: Brunilda Ferraj, Senior Public Policy Specialist,

Corporate Compliance Roundtable

The Corporate Compliance Roundtable meets to discuss, learn and network about corporate compliance. Members have discussed topics including: Medicaid compliance, HIPAA/HITECH, “Red Flag Rules”, social media, responding to audits, enforcement of a compliance program, creating effective policies and procedures, technology/data security and many more.

For additional information, please contact: Josh Lipshitz, Director of Membership and Business Development.

Intellectual/Developmental Disability (I/DD) Business Managers’ Roundtable

Meets every other month, on the first Tuesday, from 9:00 to 11:00 am in the Rocky Hill Office.

Members of the I/DD Business Managers’ Roundtable include Finance Directors and Fiscal Managers of organizations that provide services related to I/DD. Research and information developed through the Business Managers’ Forum is utilized by the DDS and the Legislature to shape policy and budget allocations relative to I/DD Services.

For additional information, please contact: Julia Wilcox, Senior Public Policy Specialist,

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Roundtable

The ABI Roundtable is comprised of Leadership staff within member organizations that provide services related to Acquired Brain Injury. Some meetings may target a specific topic for which a particular group of staff may attend, such as finance, data collection or clinical discussions, among other topics.

Birth-to-Three Roundtable

The Birth-to-Three Roundtable is comprised of Leadership staff within member organizations that provide services related to the Birth-to-Three population. Some meetings may target a specific topic for which a particular group of staff may attend, such as finance, data collection, and clinical discussions, among other topics.


Greater Hartford Reentry Council (GHREC)

GHREC is a collaboration among community service providers, city officials, state, federal and local agencies, ex-offenders and others impacted by offender reentry. The mission of the GHREC is to serve the needs of former offenders by identifying and reducing barriers to community reentry through community education, public policy, and sharing information and resources. GHREC is a key partner and member of the Statewide Reentry Collaborative, coordinated by Andrew Clark, Director of the Institute for Municipal & Regional Policy (IMRP), Central CT State University (CCSU.)


Electronic Learning Resources

Are you looking for ways to maximize your training dollar and expand educational opportunities for your staff? Relias Learning and the College of Direct Support offer convenient and cost-effective options for continuing education, career development and staff training.

College of Direct Support

The College of Direct Support (CDS) is an electronic learning provider endorsed by the Connecticut Department of Developmental Disabilities. Members and nonmembers participating in CDS have access to monthly Roundtable Webinars with CDS staff to address CDS courses, management, new features and upgrades. Participants in CDS have unlimited access to online training courses, can enroll staff, assign courses, and access and run reports.

Alliance members can enroll in the CDS program and save up to $1,750 off the cost of administrator fees! Discounts are also available for non-members when they sign up through The Alliance.

As an administrator, The Alliance provides technical assistance to all program participants including assigning sub-administrative privileges, transcript management, and more.

The cost of participating in CDS is based on the size of your organization. See the table below to determine your annual rate. If your agency has more than 200 learners, the College of Direct Support recommends joining the program as an Administrator separate from The Alliance umbrella.

For more information, please contact Josh Lipshitz at

Number of Employees Member Rate Annually Non-Member Rate Annually
1–50 $1,200 $1,500
51–100 $1,300 $1,800
101–200 $1,500 $2,100

Relias Learning

Individual E-Learning Courses
Relias Learning E-Courses are accredited Continuing Education Unit (CEU) courses for staff of organizations that provide health and human services, autism and applied behavioral analysis, public safety, and intellectual and developmental disability services. Staff of Alliance member organizations receive a 10% discount on all courses.

E-Learning Courses offer concise, comprehensive, and relevant information that will help participants improve clinical competence, acquire new skills and learn about current research. All courses are offered online, so you can take them anywhere you have internet access, at any time, and complete them at your own pace. You can select courses from a comprehensive library with new courses added each month.

Select a course, read or listen to the course materials, complete the online exercises and then take your test! As soon as you pass the test with a score of 80% or higher you will be able to print your credit certificate. CEUs for course completion are available from main accreditation bodies. Courses are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

For more information and to sign up for Relias Learning E-Courses, contact Katie Breslin at

Organization Learning Management System
Organizations can subscribe to Relias Learning’s Organizational Learning Management System, which supports a customized blended training approach using classroom-based, community-based, and online educational programs. The custom course package is available to multiple employees through a customized site and can be created from an extensive library of accredited courses to meet regulatory and clinical training needs. Courses can be customized to meet organizational needs and a new course is added to the library each month. This learning management system includes automated tracking and reporting on training and licensing requirements and many more convenient features. It is cost-effective and easy to use. It is designed to help organizations stay compliant with training mandates and reduce overall training costs while expanding educational opportunities for staff. The Learning Management System helps to maximize efficiencies and deliver quality client care. Visit the Relias Learning website to request a demo, view the course library or check out the company’s latest updates.

Alliance members receive a 10% discount. If you are also a member of the Alliance for Children and Families, or CWLA, you receive an additional 5% discount for a total savings of 15%.