Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification - Bellingham
This introductory course is not intended for current mental health treatment providers.
Do you know a youth that may be facing mental health challenges? Do you know how to help?
Mental Health First Aid USA is proud to announce a new curriculum focused on helping youth (ages 12-18) who may be experiencing a mental health challenge or in a crisis.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS LEARN?
The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn a core five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis:
Assess for risk of suicide or harm
Give reassurance and information
Encourage appropriate professional help
Encourage self-help and other support strategies
Compass Health is offering this fun, highly interactive one day course that provides an overview of youth mental illness in the U.S. It introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and builds understanding of its impact.
Educators/Teachers: 8 Washington State Clock hours
Who should take this class? State policymakers, school personnel and educators, foster parents, caring citizens, police and corrections officers, librarians, first responders, health care professionals, employers, business leaders, faith community staff/volunteers and young adults.
Who should not take this class? Therapists, councilors and other mental health professionals. This course is introductory. We provide many trainings for professionals and we want to make sure we are directing you to a class you will enjoy.
Date(s): Thurs., November 20, 2014, 8am - 5 pm, $12.00, Bellingham WA
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