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Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

Date & Time:
Monday, May 19, 2014 (8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Description:
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. For more information about the course, see mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

Who should receive the YMHFA training?
Anyone who interacts with young people.

Presenters:

  • Rachel Leombruno, Director of Clinical Services for Youth and Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc
  • Cheryl Chandler, Program Director for the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling

Enrollment limit:
30 participants (10 spaces reserved for UConn graduate students, 20 for community)

Cost:
$50 (students receive discounted rate of $15)