Mental Health First Aid: Youth for Non-Behavioral Health Practitioners, Paraprofessionals Graduate Students (SW/PSO) and Family, Friends and Neighbors” for Mohave County Court Team

Written by The Bee

June 18, 2020

Presented by: Dr. Cuoco, Arizona Trauma Institute

 

June 25, 2020

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

This free training will take place live on Zoom.

Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0oOMTzv1SmGAf-eaBeLhSA

Description: This training is geared to the non-behavioral health practitioner, paraprofessionals, graduate students and interested and concerned family, friends and neighbors who oftentimes are the first to witness the signs of distress that may indicate a need for professional intervention.

Mental Health First Aid has been described as a “blueprint for providing comfort, promoting recovery, and helping to reduce distress related to stressful situations, trauma and crisis.” (p. v Mental Health First Aid USA 1999).

This 6-hour session is geared to the non-behavioral health practitioner, paraprofessionals, graduate students and interested and concerned family, friends and neighbors who oftentimes are the first to witness the signs of distress that may indicate a need for professional intervention.

We will review the prevalence of Mental Health issues in the USA as related to youth; make distinctions between distress and disorders, discuss and define Mental Health Action Plans, and their use when presented with individuals with depressive symptoms, self-injurious behavior and/or suicidal behavior, anxiety, panic and trauma. Further, the application of Mental Health First Aid techniques when faced with acute psychosis with/without disruptive and potentially aggressive behaviors.

The presentation will utilize lecture, power point, videos and participation of the attendees in non-threatening demonstrations.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to list the 5 components of the Mental Health First Aid action plan.
  2. Participants will be able to name the 5 mental health disorders most prevalent in the USA.
  3. Participants will be able to identify signs of anxiety, panic, depression and psychosis.
  4. Participants will be able to distinguish between emotional distress and a mental health disorder.
  5. Participants will be able to identify the warning signs of suicide and the appropriate Mental Health Action Plan.

This event was funded through: First Things First Arizona. For more information on the programs they support and fund can be found here: www.firstthingsfirst.org

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