National Technical Center for Childrens Mental Health Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA: A Training for Adults Assisting Young People

Tuesday, July 15 – 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Wednesday, July 16 – 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

This intensive Pre-Institutes Training Program is a total of eight hours and will cost an additional registration fee of $150. The registration fee includes attendance at the program, all materials, one dinner reception, one breakfast, one lunch, and refreshments. Following completion of the training, participants will be certified as “Youth Mental Health First Aiders.”  Continuing Education credits will also be offered for participation in this program.

Overview
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents and young adults, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent who is 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. Faculty of the Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health will conduct the training for this youth curriculum.

What Will Participants Learn?
The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs for a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents and young adults, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorders. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling. Rather, they learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a five-step action plan. The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age young adults, ages 12-25.

Who Should Take The Course?
The eight-hour course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents or young adults. Persons completing the course will be certified as “Youth Mental Health First Aiders”. The course also provides an opportunity for persons who have a mental health or clinical background to determine if they might be interested in being trained as a trainer or for leaders considering investing in Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for their states and/or communities. Due to the intensity of this training, the number of participants is limited. To ensure participation, those interested are encouraged to register early.

Who Created The Youth Course? 
Mental Health First Aid USA is coordinated by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Mental Health First Aid USA worked with experts at the Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health to develop the youth manual and curriculum.

Objectives – Participants will learn:

  1. To understand the prevalence of various mental health disorders impacting youth and the need for reduced stigma in communities
  2. To recognize the warning signs of mental health problems that may impact youth
  3. To understand the risk and protective factors that can impact a youth’s mental health and resiliency
  4. To apply a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to assess the situation; to select and implement appropriate interventions; and to help the youth in crisis connect with appropriate, evidence-based treatment and supports
  5. To identify and access the community resources available to support youth and their families


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