Category: Mental Health First Aid

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid Certification

    This introductory course is not intended for current mental health treatment providers.

    You probably know First Aid and maybe even CPR – but what if the problem is mental illness? Do you know how to help?

    Mental Health First Aid is a program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. It is a public education and prevention tool that will improve the public’s knowledge of mental health problems and connects people with care for their mental health problems.

    Compass Health is offering this fun, highly interactive one day course that provides an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. It introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.

    Take the course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders and learn:

    1. The prevalence of mental illnesses in the U.S. and their emotional and economic cost.

    2. The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.

    3. A 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis and connect them to professional care.

    4. Resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.

    CERTIFIED MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID INSTRUCTORS:

    Becky Olson-Hernandez, Compass Health Director of Emergency Services

    Stacey Alles, Compass Health Chief Operating Officer

    Cost: $100.00 single, $90.00 each for group of 3+, $50.00 Compass Health staff

    NOW OFFERING 8 WASHINGTON STATE CLOCK HOURS

    Who should take this class? Health care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, police and corrections officers, educators, first responders, nursing home staff and caregivers, state policymakers, human resource professionals, consumers and family members, and caring citizens.

    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): August 13, 2014, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, $100 each, $90 each in group of 3 +, $50 Compass staff, Everett WA

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  • Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) - Bellingham

    Through a partnership with the North Sound Mental Health Administration (NSMHA), Compass Health is offering this one-day workshop for behavioral health professionals that will help them better assess suicide risk, plan treatment, and manage the ongoing care of clients at-risk for suicide. Behavioral health providers play a crucial role in preventing suicides and yet, many providers report that they feel inadequately trained to assess, treat, and manage suicidal clients. AMSR is appropriate for all mental health professionals including social workers, marriage & family therapists, psychologists and licensed mental health counselors. AMSR meets the legislative mandate for training under ESHB 2366.

    Participants will:

    Recognize the 24 core competencies that enable behavioral health professionals to assess and work effectively with individuals at risk of suicide;

    Increase their knowledge and skills in eliciting suicide ideation, behavior, plans and intent;

    Increase their knowledge and skills in making a clinical judgment of the short and long term risks for suicide; and

    Increase their knowledge and skills in developing a treatment & services plan that addresses the client’s immediate, acute and continuing risk for suicidal behaviors.

    About the Presenter:

    Sue Eastgard MSW, is a master trainer in AMSR and a nationally recognized expert in the field of suicide prevention. She has worked on mental health issues for 30+ years as a clinician, manager and director of crisis services and suicide prevention efforts. She is currently working as the Director of Training for Forefront, a suicide prevention education and research program based at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Sue is also the Chair of the King County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Ms. Eastgard founded the Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Washington State in 1999 and served as its director until June 2011. Prior to that, she served as the executive director for the Seattle-King County Crisis Clinic for 3½ years. She is a Master Trainer of ASIST and SafeTALK, suicide first aid training programs.

    CEs: 6 continuing education credits from NASW-WA

    Date(s): October 6, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bellingham, WA,$15.00 NSMHA Providers, $100.00 non-NSMHA providers

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  • 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

    · Listen nonjudgmentally

    · 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

    Cost: $12.00

    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): October 10, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. $12.00, Bellingham WA

    Please click below to view class details and sign up options:

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  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification

    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

    Listen nonjudgmentally

    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

    Cost: $12.00

    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

    Date(s): November 18, 2014, 8:00am to 5:00pm, $12.00, Everett, WA

    Please click below to view class details and sign up options:

    Online Registration & Payment

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  • 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

    Listen nonjudgmentally

    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

    Cost: $12.00

    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

    Please click below to view class details and sign up options:

    Online Registration & Payment

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