Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training
August 12 - 16, 2013
Casper, Wyoming Click Here to download the Application Packet
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Free for Wyoming participants
Approved for POST and PTSB credits.
Social Workers and Counselors: Course should qualify for CE's.
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Travel stipends available.
Who Should Apply?
This training is to learn how to be a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
· Priority will be given to Wyoming School Resource Officers.
· Second priority will be Wyoming school counselors, school personnel, and counselors who work in schools.
Thirty applications will be accepted. It is the intent to accept at least one application from each county. Please choose the person(s) most willing and able to meet the following expectations. There are no special pre-requisite skills; however, attendees should have the enthusiasm, time, and ability to use this information to help communities and to present the program with fidelity. If we have empty seats, alternates will be considered.
What will be Expected of Attendees?
Attendees are expected to advocate for and advance use of Youth MHFA in their communities. This includes a commitment to motivate, engage, and encourage others in your community to learn more about MHFA. Attendees will be expected to present the MHFA model to others with fidelity to the way it was learned.
During October 2013, January 2014, and June 2014 attendees will be required to complete a very simple, five question, online survey to keep track of project dissemination.
Note that Mental Health First Aid USA will provide certification to MHFA instructors. To maintain MHFA-USA Instructor certification, you must teach the course at least three times per year. MHFA-USA also has a protocol for reporting evaluation information. Please see Application Packet, below, for more information from MHFA-USA.
What is Youth Mental Health First Aid?
You can learn more about Youth Mental Health First Aid here:
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, select interventions and provide initial help, and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
How will this Benefit My Community?
As MHFA instructors, you will help your community pro-actively address mental health and substance use challenges. MHFA has the potential to reduce stigma, improve mental health literacy, and empower individuals.
Cost and Scholarships:
For Wyoming residents accepted to this training
· The tuition is free (a $2,000 per person value)
· Lunch will be provided on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
There are a limited number of travel stipends:
· You may apply for a travel stipend of $700 to offset travel and other costs (for those outside of Casper). See the Application Packet to apply for the stipend.
How to Apply
Read and complete the Application Packet.
Click here to download the Application Packet in Microsoft Word.
Note: Please use this application packet and not the one sent via emails.
Complete the Cover Sheet, Questionnaire, the “Application Considerations and Attestation,” and a one-page resume.
If you are not affiliated with a supporting employer, please also include a support letter.
Return these documents to email@example.com
Or via fax to Janet Jares at fax: 307-777-5849
If you are not a Wyoming resident, please contact MHFA-USA.
You will receive an email by August 1 if you are accepted to the class.
Attendees must make their own hotel reservation and pay for their own hotel room. Your employer may be willing to help with expenses not covered in the travel stipend.
You are free to stay where you wish. A list of Casper hotels is available online at http://www.casperwyoming.org/new/members.php/4c6f6467696e67.
Please make your hotel reservation now.
You can always cancel if needed. Please pay attention to the hotel’s cancellation policy.
A block of rooms has been set aside at
Holiday Inn Casper East—McMurry Park
721 Granite Peak Drive, Casper, WY
Please call to make your reservation: (307) 577-5000
Ask for the Mental Health First Aid block.
Rate is $77 per night plus tax.
This rate is good for reservations made before July 22, 2013. Please call them to see if they can honor the rate after July 22.
Holiday Inn Casper East website (do not book room online): http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/casper/cprse/hoteldetail
Class is approved for 36 contact hours through Wyoming P.O.S.T.
Class is approved for two Wyoming PTSB credits.
Course instructors have Master's degrees. The course is a train-the-trainer model with mental health and other content.
This training will occur August 12 – 16, 2013 (Monday – Friday).
It will begin at 8:45 daily and end by 5:00 each day.
Breakfast is on your own. Lunch on Wednesday and Friday are on your own.
This project is supported by the Wyoming Department of Health Behavioral Health Division and Public Health Emergency Planning Unit; Wyoming School Resource Officers Association; and Wyoming DARE Officers Association.
For more information please contact
Janet Jares, Recovery Supports Specialist
Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Health
(307) 777-8515 (toll free 1-800-535-4006)
last updated 8/5/13