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Mental Health First Aid

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Mental Health First Aid


* I’m sorry; this session of MH First Aid is now closed for registration. Please check our website in early September to register for the next sessions of Mental Health First Aid scheduled on October 4th and 5th. Thank you.

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program which introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.

Mental Health First Aid is an 16 -hour course, which uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect persons to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches about the risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and 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.

Before you can know how to help, you need to know when to help. We call this mental health literacy – or a basic understanding of what different mental illnesses and substance use disorders are, how they can affect a person’s daily life and what helps individuals experiencing these challenges get well.
You will learn about:

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Use disorders
  • To learn more about Mental Health First Aid please visit their website at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

    Name and qualifications of facilitators:
    Amanda Saake, LMSW, CPRP, is a Senior Program Associate for the Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery at the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc., where she provides training, consultation, and technical assistance to community behavioral health providers in New York City. She is a graduate of Marywood University and Columbia University School of Social Work. Amanda has worked in a broad range of settings including supportive housing, ACT, harm reduction, and psychiatric rehabilitation as both a clinician and supervisor. Ms. Saake’s commitment to recovery-oriented interventions is also personal and predates her professional development, stemming from her first encounter with mental health services at the age of 17. Ms. Saake is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP).

    Melissa Thomas, LCSW is a Senior Program Associate for the Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery at the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc., where she provides training, consultation, and technical assistance to community behavioral health providers in New York City. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and Fordham University’s School of Social Work. Prior to joining the Center, Melissa worked for over 7 years at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a Program Specialist in the Bureau of Mental Health. She provided technical assistance and contract oversight to a wide range of programs including Assisted Competitive Employment (ACE), Clubhouse/Psychosocial Clubs, Mobile Outreach, Peer Bridger, Recovery Centers, and Supported Education programs. Melissa’s experience also includes Program Director for ACT, Bridger, Supported Housing, and Transitional Employment programs. Both are certified Mental Health First Aid USA Instructors.

    Information for Social Work Continuing Education :
    This course is approved for 12 social work CE hours. Participants must arrive on time and stay for each full session in order to receive credit. All participants must submit a post-test and document their attendance via the Social Work CE sign-in and sign-out roster at each session in order to receive credit. No credit will be provided for partial attendance.

    Important Notice: The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0098.

    For questions about CE credits please contact:
    Bradley Jacobs, Director of The Center for Rehabilitation & Recovery
    bjacobs@coalitionny.org


    **This is two-day training; participants must be able to commit to attending both sessions.
    Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25th & July 26, 2017
    Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for both days.
    Location: The Coalition for Behavioral Health | 123 William Street, 19th Floor, Suite 1901 | Manhattan

    **We reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization based on the
    demand for the workshop/meeting.**