Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour 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 teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health 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.
Who: The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.), but is being tested for appropriateness within older adolescent groups (16 and older) so as to encourage youth peer-to-peer interaction.
What: Mental Health First Aid participants will learn the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan (ALGEE):
Saturday, February 5, 2022
In-Person at Iowa Falls
8:30am - 5:00pm
$70.00 (includes book), $50.00 (class only)
Instructors: Dr. Patricia Gilbaugh, Ph.D., LISW, RPT-S, CAS & Lindsay Meade, MSW, LISW, RPT
For more information, please contact:
Shelley Berger at email@example.com
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