Welcome to Tumbleweed Training!

Tumbleweed offers training throughout the year.  Please check back frequently for dates and times of available training.  Please scroll down to view current and recurring Tumbleweed training listed below.   Please click on the links to register online.If you have questions or need assistance navigating the training page please contact the Tumbleweed Training Department at HR@tumbleweed.org. 

Tumbleweed Training Calendar

The Tumbleweed Training Department has created and published an agency-wide training calendar, which is currently available in Microsoft Outlook to Tumbleweed employees–paid and non-paid.  The Training Calendar lists the current  and future training classes.  If you double-click on a class title you will see a message box pop up that will provide details on how to register for classes on this page. You may access the calendar by clicking here:  Training Calendar.


  New Employee Orientation (NEO)

New Employee Orientation (NEO) is provided monthly to new employees and interns joining the Tumbleweed organization’s team–this is a REQUIRED orientation.  You must be registered for New Employee Orientation by Human Resources. If you have any questions please contact the Tumbleweed Human Resources office at (480) 868-2827/2822.  Only employees registered for orientation will be permitted to attend.


  12 Passenger Van Driving & Road Test

This is a required training for Tumbleweed employees that are classified or hold “direct-care” positions. All new direct-care employees will automatically be registered for this training and have priority registration. Slots are limited (only 10 available per testing session) so it is important to register quickly. You may register for the next available road test by viewing the Tumbleweed Training Calendar. You must have  the following with you in order to take the test: (1) Bring a copy of your WeComply “12-15 Passenger Van” certificate with you to the test–the instructor will not test you without it. (2) Make sure you have your driver’s license with you as well.  (3) You must turn in a copy of your certificate and successfully completed road test to the Training Department as soon as you finish. If you have any questions, please contact HR@tumbleweed.org.


Health Assessment and Medication Monitoring

This a REQUIRED training for all Tumbleweed staff and volunteers. It occurs monthly and is open to ONLY Tumbleweed staff and volunteers.  Tumbleweed requires that all staff familiarize themselves with the Policy and Procedure Manual regarding medication storage, client self-administration, and the disposal of discontinued and outdated medications.  This in-service course will review the procedures of expected medication self-administration, documentation, storage, disposal. Also, staff will be taught the awareness of expected results, reactions, and side-effects of the medications that are taken.  There are only 15 slots available  per class meeting. You may register by viewing the Tumbleweed Training Calendar and following the registration instructions.  If you have any questions regarding this course or its registration, please contact the Tumbleweed Nurse, Maria Doris, at (480) 296-4334 or email mdoris@tumbleweed.org.


Trauma Informed Care (TIC)

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is a REQUIRED training for all Tumbleweed staff and volunteers. Additionally, this class is only available to Tumbleweed staff and volunteers.  This class focuses on the organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.  TIC training also emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both clients and care providers; with the goal of helping survivors rebuild and regain a sense of control and empowerment.  You may register by viewing the Tumbleweed Training Calendar and following the registration instructions. There are 15 slots available for this class due to very limited space.  If you are not registered, you will not be permitted to attend. If you have any questions regarding the class or registration, please contact HR@tumbleweed.org.

CPR & First Aid

This is a REQUIRED course for Tumbleweed staff and volunteers.  This course is for persons who do not work in the health care field but are occupationally required to, or desire to, have CPR knowledge and skills.  Additionally, it provides individuals, who require, or desire, elementary first aid knowledge and skills.  This course is the ONLY course in which staff and volunteers must register to attend by directly contacting the agency—American Emergency Response Training Center (AERT).  Class times and dates can be found by visiting the Tumbleweed Training Calendar.  Once you decide which date and time you wish to attend please call (623) 561-0068 to register. Staff training will be paid by Tumbleweed; however volunteers must pay a fee of $50. After you successfully complete the course your CPR/First Aid card will be sent directly to Tumbleweed and the Training Department will notify you and arrange for pick-up. If you have any questions regarding this course or registration for this course, please contact the AERT staff by calling (623) 561-0068.

 CPI (Nonviolent Crisis Intervention) Training

If someone in your care became disruptive or assaultive, what would you do?
It’s difficult to predict exactly how you might respond during a crisis. Yet, as an educator, health care provider, or human services provider, you face challenging behavior and potentially dangerous situations every day. How you respond greatly determines the safety of everyone involved—and profoundly affects your relationships with those in your care. Are you prepared?

You can learn how to take control of an out-of-control situation.
Any type of crisis incident—from a verbal outburst to physical aggression—is an unsettling experience for everyone involved. Educators, health care providers, and human services providers who are responsible for the safety of others as well as their own staff are especially likely to feel frightened, confused, and, worst of all, they wonder: “What could I have done to prevent this from happening?” In fact, staff’s own attitudes, fears, and anxieties can greatly influence whether a crisis is prevented or whether it escalates further.

You’ll feel calm and confident—instead of scared and confused.
Of course, not every incident can be prevented. However, many situations can be defused early on if staff have the proper training and learn how to respond productively during crisis moments. The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program not only teaches staff to respond effectively to the warning signs that someone’s beginning to lose control, it also addresses how staff can deal with their own stress, anxieties, and emotions when they’re confronted with challenging situations.

You’ll learn how to promote safety and dignity—always.
The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program is a holistic behavior management system based on the philosophy of providing the best Care, Welfare, Safety, and SecuritySM for staff and those in their care, even during the most violent moments. The program focuses on preventing disruptive behavior by communicating with individuals respectfully and with concern for their well-being. The program teaches physical interventions only as a last resort—when an individual presents an imminent danger to self or others—and all physical interventions taught are designed to be non-harmful, noninvasive, and to maintain the individual’s dignity. Follow-up debriefing strategies are also key components of the training program.

CPI is a REQUIRED training course for all Tumbleweed employees and volunteer staff; which requires a yearly renewal. The course is approximately 7 hours long and requires active physical participation in order to be tested for and granted certification. Please come dressed comfortably.  There are 15 slots available for this class due to very limited space.  You may register by viewing the Tumbleweed Training Calendar and following the registration instructions. If you are not registered, you will not be allowed to attend the class. If you have any questions about the course or registration, please contact HR@tumbleweed.org.


Food Handler Card Certification

This is an online certification that is REQUIRED for all of Tumbleweed’s direct-care staff. If you are not sure if you need this certification please contact the Training Department at HR@tumbleweed.org. This certification provides information about food handler training for Maricopa County, Arizona. The Maricopa Food Handler Course is required within 30 days of hire for Maricopa County food workers and has been customized in partnership with Maricopa County Environmental Services Department to meet all local regulations and requirements.  For more information go to StateFoodSafety.com. There is an $8.00 fee that must be paid to receive this training, please contact your Program Manager or Supervisor to find out how you may pay for the course. 

Conferences and Special Training Events

AZCEH Trainings, Events & Webinars

Education and networking for our members and community stakeholders is at the center of our mission of ending homelessness. By sponsoring and highlighting workshops, training opportunities, networking events, hosting an annual statewide conference, as well as providing access to resources and information, we hope to strengthen Arizona’s capacity to end homelessness through capacity-building for our member organizations, practical application of innovative as well as time-tested strategies that have resulted in successfully ending homelessness and building the skills of helping professionals of all levels of organizations.

As additional professional development, training, networking, and community learning opportunities become available throughout Arizona, we will post them on our Events Calendar.

Members are welcome to submit their events for inclusion on the calendar to coalition@azceh.org.

During the 2015 Legislative Session, Arizona lowered its lifetime limit for cash assistance, known as TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), to only 12 months. Prior to this, Arizona’s lifetime limit was 24 months, while federal law allows up to 60 months of assistance over one’s lifetime. As of July 1st, 2015, months are already being counted towards these lifetime limits, with assistance being counted as far back as October 1st, 2002.

How does this change in Arizona’s TANF lifetime limits impact special populations such as domestic violence survivors or homeless populations? What extensions exist and how might one apply? What documentation is needed for extension application? What can we do as service providers to educate clientele about this change? Important questions and answers to be heard and discussed.

Location to be determined. More information forthcoming.


Upcoming Member Trainings, Events & Webinars

Please check back regularly for upcoming training events and webinars for 2016.


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Employee Online Training (We Comply)
Tumbleweed employees and volunteers are required to complete online training modules assigned by the training manager. The online modules are located into the “WeComply” learning management system. Your training manager will provide you with a username and password, which is required to access the online trainings. Tumbleweed employees may log into WE COMPLY here. If  you have any questions or need assistance please contact HR@tumbleweed.org.

Tumbleweed Internet Training Links
Tumbleweed employees are sometimes required to complete internet training that is job-specific. Employees are usually notified by their direct supervisor that they are required to complete these training activities. Please do not take these training activities before checking with your supervisor. Upon completion, you should print the certificate and submit a copy to the Training Department.  You may email a  copy of the certificate (in PDF format) to HR@tumbleweed.org.

Family & Youth Services Bureau: Positive Youth Development Training. The training can be found at the National Clearing House on Families and Youth online training website. You may access the link here.

 Fire Extinguisher Training 
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