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Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid gives people the skills to help someone who is experiencing a mental health problem or a mental health crisis. Trainees are taught how to apply the 5-step action plan in a variety of situations such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal, or assisting an individual who has overdosed.

There is no cost for the trainee, and each training session involves a concise presentation of the topic with ample opportunities for case discussion and consultation. Providers working in primary care and schools as well as behavioral health agencies are urged to connect and receive continuing education credit for their participation.

Objectives:

  1. Identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
  2. Identify risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns
  3. Perform strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations
  4. Identify where to turn for help to assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis
  5. Implement/Discuss case examples of use of The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing: Panic attacks, Suicidal thoughts or behaviors, Non-suicidal self-injury, Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions), Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use, Reaction to a traumatic event
  6. Define and identify the differences between recovery and resiliency
  7. Distinguish between facts and myths of mental health, illnesses, and disorders

Mental Health First Aid for Community Health Representatives

Registration is required. These presentations are private (invitation only) for the first 3 weeks of registration. After which they will be open to all behavioral health providers who work with tribal communities.

To register, click on one of the city names in the table below to go to the registration site.

Scheduled Trainings
Date Time Location/link Presenters
April 20-21, 2017 8am-5pm Albuquerque, NM Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov Christopher Morris, PhD; Suzanne Pearlman, BA; Teresa Gomez, MA; Ryan Sanchez, Clint Pyeatt, BA; Jennifer Nanez, LMSW; Beverly Bowman, SAHT; Jimel Sandoval, BA; Connie O’Mara, LISW
May 18-19, 2017 8am-5pm Oklahoma City, OKExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov Morris; Pearlman; Gomez; Sanchez; Pyeatt; O’Mara; Maegan Ray; Dee Le Beau-Hein, MS; Brandon Pasquale, CPSW; Tonya Louis, LCSW
June 15-16, 2017 8am-5pm Minneapolis, MNExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov Morris; Pearlman; Gomez; Sanchez; Pyeatt; O’Mara; Nanez; Ray; Gayle Zepeda; Dee Le Beau-Hein, MS; Charlene Poola, LCSW
July 10-11, 2017 8am-5pm Sacramento, CAExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov Morris; Pearlman; Gomez; Sanchez; Pyeatt; O’Mara; Nanez; Ray; Zepeda; Beau-Hein; Gina Ehlert, MEd
August 24-25, 2017 8am-5pm Billings, MTExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov Morris; Pearlman; Gomez; Sanchez; Pyeatt; O’Mara; Nanez; Ray; Zepeda; Beau-Hein; Beverly Bowman, SAHT
September 14-15, 2017 8am-5pm Rapid City, SDExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov Morris; Pearlman; Gomez; Sanchez; Pyeatt; O’Mara; Nanez; Beau-Hein; Brandon Pasquale, CPSW; Tonya Louis, LCSW

For more information, visit the University of New Mexico Division of Community Behavioral Health Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov or email Angela Banks-Harris, phone: 505-272-1566.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits are only available from the National Board of Certified Counselors for Social Workers, Licensed Counselors, and Substance Abuse Counselors. Continuing Education Credits are NOT available for other professions.

Details on how to claim credit will be provided during the presentation.

To earn continuing education credits/units:

  1. It is your responsibility to make sure you have completed the sign-in sheet before and after the training and that all information is correct and legible.
  2. You will receive an email with a link to the evaluation. Please make sure you check your junk/spam folders. (The link will also be provided during the presentation).
  3. The evaluation must be competed on the last day of the training. Follow all instructions for the evaluation.
  4. After you complete the evaluation, you will receive an electronic certificate awarding 7.5 NBCC hours within 5-7 business days, that you can then use for proof for your own regulatory board, if appropriate.

Disclosure Statement

The presenters have no financial relationship to this program.

Continuing Education Disclaimers

This activity has been approved to provide Continuing Education Units (CEU) by NM Counseling & Therapy Board through Dr. Avron Kriechman at the UNM Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Community Behavioral Health.

UNM Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Division of Community Behavioral Health (UNM CB) is approved by the NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6740. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UNM CBH is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

CE Provider

UNM Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Division of Community Behavioral Health (CBH)
MSC09 5030, 1 UNM
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: 505-272-1566

For further information, please visit the UNM website.