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Mental Health First Aid Adult Course-September 2019

Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute (NRCI)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (CDT)

Mental Health First Aid Adult Course-September 2019

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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Mental Health First Aid Adult Course-September 2019

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

9:00am – 5:30pm

Registration & Networking Starts at 8:15am

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

325 N. Wells Street

Room 407/412

Chicago, IL 60654

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is located in downtown Chicago and is accessible via public transportation.  For information about parking, click here

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. 

Topics Covered 

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Use Disorders 

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well. 

Interventions Learned

When you take a course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:

  • Panic attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Nonsuicidal self-injury
  • Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)
  • Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
  • Reaction to a traumatic event

The opportunity to practice — through role plays, scenarios, and activities — makes it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Upon completing the Mental Health First Aid training, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury. 
  • Identify a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.  
  • Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities. 
  • Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem, as well as achieve recovery.

Workshop Schedule:

8:15am: Registration Opens

8:30am: Workshop Begins

10:30am: Morning Break

12:30pm: Working Lunch

2:30pm: Afternoon Break

5:00pm: Workshop Ends

Registration and Fees:

The certificate training is free of charge.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

Should you have any questions, please contact the coordinator: Kate Mahoney at kmahoney@thechicagoschool.edu.

References:

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Borrill, J., & Kuczynska, P. (2013). Evaluation of Youth Mental Health First Aid Training in the North-East of England. [PDF File]. Retrieved from http://mhfaengland.org/files/1813/9057/6593/NE_Youth_2013_Evaluation.pdf

Day, A., & Francisco, A. (2013). Social and emotional wellbeing in Indigenous Australians: Identifying promising interventions. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37350-355. 

Hadlaczky, G., Hockey, S., Mkrtchian, A., Carli, V., & Wassmerman, D. Mental Health First Aid is an effective public health intervention for improving knowledge, attitudes, and behavior: A meta-analysis. International Review of Psychiatry, 4, 467-475.

Hui Yap, M. B., & Jorm, A. F. (2011). The influence of stigma on first aid actions taken by young people for mental health problems in a close friend or family member: Findings from an Australian national survey of youth.Journal of Affective Disorders,134, 473 – 477. 

Jorm, A. F. (2011). Mental health literacy: Empowering the community to take action for better mental health. American Psychologist.

Jorm A. F., Kitchener, B. A., Fischer, J., & Cvetkovski, S. (2010). Mental health first aid training by e-learning: a randomized controlled trial. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry,44, 1072-1081.

Jorm, A. F., Kitchener, B. A., Sawyer, M. G., Scales, H., & Cvetkovski, S. (2010). Mental health first aid training for high school teachers: a cluster randomized trial.BMC Psychiatry,10(51). 

Kelly, C.M., Mithen, J.M., Fischer, J.A., Kitchener, B.A., Jorm, A.F., Lowe, A., & Scanlan, C. (2011). Youth mental health first aid: a description of the program and an initial evaluation. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 5(1): 4.

Kitchener, B. A., & Jorm, A. F. (2006). Mental Health First Aid training: review of evaluation studies. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry,40: 6-8. 

Massey, J., Brooks, M., & Burrow, J. (2014). Evaluating the effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid training among student affairs staff at a Canadian university. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 51(3): 323-336.

Mendenhall, A. N., Jackson, S. C., & Hase, S. (2013). Mental Health First Aid USA in a rural community: Perceived impact on knowledge, attitudes and behavior. Social Work in Mental Health, 11(6): 563-577. 

Lam, A. Y. K, Jorm, A. F., & Wong, D. F. K. (2010). Mental health first aid training for the Chinese community in Melbourne, Australia: effects on knowledge about and attitudes toward people with mental illness. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 4, 18. 

Moffitt, J., Bostock, J., & Cave, A. (2014). Promoting well-being and reducing stigma about mental health in the fire service. Journal of Public Mental Health, 13, 103-113.

Morawska, A., Fletcher, R., Pope, S., Heathwood, E., Anderson, E., & McAuliffe, C. (2013). Evaluation of Mental Health First Aid training in a diverse community setting. International Journal of Mental Nursing, 22(1): 85-92.

O'Reilly C.L., Bell, J.S., Kelly, P.J., & Chen, T.F. (2011). Impact of mental health first aid training on pharmacy students’ knowledge, attitudes and self-reported behaviour: a controlled trial.Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(7): 549 - 557. 

Pierce, D., Liaw, S. T., Dobell, J., & Anderson, R. (2010). Australian rural football club leaders as mental health advocates: an investigation of the impact of the Coach the Coach project. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 4, 10.

Ross, A.M., Hart, L.M., Jorm, A.F., Kelly, C.K., & Kitchener, B.A. (2012). Development of key messages for adolescents on providing basic mental health first aid to peers: A Delphi consensus study.Early Intervention Psychiatry, 6, 229-238.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). Mental Health First Aid. Retrieved from: http://nrepp.samhsa.gov/ViewIntervention.aspx?id=321.

Svennson, B., & Hansson, L. (2014). The effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid Training in Sweden: A randomized controlled trial with a six-month and two-year follow-upPLOS ONE, 9, 1-8. 

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Have questions about Mental Health First Aid Adult Course-September 2019? Contact Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute (NRCI)

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (CDT)


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