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Youth Mental Health First Aid for Foster Parents - Part 1

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Windsor Community Church

700 Automation Drive

Windsor, CO 80550

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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.

Please note: This course is 3 hours long and has 2 parts. Part 1 is in January. Part 2 is in February. Both classes are required to receive certification from Mental Health USA First Aid.

About the instructor: Dr. Shannon Devlin is a School Psychologist in the Weld RE-4 School District, with 19 years in the field having served in the capacity of a School Psychologist, District Graduation Outreach Specialist, School Counselor, School Social Worker, and District Crisis Response Coordinator. She is concurrently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Northern Colorado, teaching Threat Assessment and Crisis in the Schools, and has acquired her Principal licensure, after completing the Educational Leadership Master’s program at the University of Northern Colorado. Alongside her work in the public schools and University setting, Dr. Devlin is a Nationally Certified Trainer for Mental Health providers in the area of Crisis Response (National Association of School Psychologists PREPaRE model) , Standard Response Protocol for Reunification (SRP) as well as a Nationally Certified Trainer of Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid.

This is a free class. Childcare provided. 3 Foster Source training hours will be earned.

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