Working together to build knowledge in these difficult areas, engaging and applicable training allows everyone to walk away empowered.
Below are some examples of training topics that can be provided. Paige provides on-site training, as well as other unique educational opportunities such as webinars, to build skills in these important areas. Below are a few examples of training topics. Content can be added or adjusted to fit the specific needs of the school district or agency seeking training.
- Mental Health Matters: Overview of Risk Factors, Warning Signs, and Interventions - Learn more about the risk factors, warning signs, and symptoms of mental health issues in youth and/or adults. We'll discuss key information in understanding mental health needs and interventions to assist in improving outcomes as well as learning about protective factors we can build for those around us.
- Moving Beyond Excuses: The Reality of Bullying - Bullying doesn't just impact kids as kids. The effects of these behaviors persist into adulthood with potential outcomes including depression, anxiety, and substance use. This training empowers you to be prepared to prevent, intervene, and resolve instances of bullying. Training is provided on the definition of bullying, current trends, prevalence, and best practices in response.
- Youth Mental Health First Aid - The Youth Mental Health First Aid program is an international, evidence-based program that reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18. It emphasizes the importance of early intervention and covers how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The youth course is intended for anyone 16 years or older to learn how to help young people. YMHFA uses role-playing, simulations, active discussion, and videos to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis. Participants do not learn to diagnose nor how to provide any therapy or counseling. Rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis. Read more about this program here: www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
- Adverse Childhood Experiences: Understanding Trauma and Its Effect on Youth - An adverse childhood experience (ACE) describes a traumatic experience in a person’s life occurring before the age of 18 that the person remembers as an adult. The ACE study has been completed across the nation including Minnesota where individuals were interviewed and asked if they had experienced any of nine types of ACEs. Examples of an ACE include experiencing physical abuse, mental illness of a household member, and problematic drinking or alcoholism of a household member. The results of this study are profound and help us truly comprehend the perspective of youth in our classrooms and hallways. By understanding ACES, we can begin to realize the true needs of our students and know how to respond appropriately in order that we may be a part of the resiliency needed to overcome such adversity.
- Ready to Learn: Overcoming Barriers to Student Learning - Those working with youth should be aware of the barriers our youth face in today’s society such as hunger, poverty, and domestic violence. It is imperative that staff build an environment of safety by utilizing social/emotional learning, bullying prevention, and safety promotion strategies. In this interactive session, participants will learn about data highlighting the barriers that complicate a student’s willingness and readiness to learn. Participants will also discover tools and strategies for creating an environment to address and overcome such barriers.
- Embracing the Leader in You - In this training, we'll review current trends in the workplace with emphasis on areas like productivity, time management, communication, and stress management. We'll practice with hands-on, interactive activities to build self-awareness while increasing understanding of what is needed to build leadership skills in ourselves and in our workplaces.
- Preventing Suicide - This training will focus on risk factors, warning signs, and interventions for suicide. We will also focus on dispelling myths and training individuals on how to respond to a situation when someone may be suicidal. We'll use practice scenarios to build confidence in response efforts.
- Identifying, Responding, and Reporting Abuse - This training provides in-depth information on the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter. The requirements often confuses reporters, and all too often, incidences of child abuse or neglect go unreported. Participants will learn what needs to be reported, how to report, and who to report to as well as gain a better understanding of what happens after Mandated Reporter does his/her part.
- Maintaining Your Own Self-Care - Self-care is an essential survival skill for all human beings but especially those working in challenging situations. Self-care refers to “activities and practices that we can engage in on a regular basis to reduce stress and maintain and enhance our short- and longer-term health and well-being.” In this session, we’ll consider self-care techniques and strategies for integrating these practices into our daily lives. We’ll address the concern of compassion fatigue and consider how to best realign our practices when needed. Self-care is necessary for effectiveness and success in honoring your professional and personal commitments.
- Early Childhood Mental Health - We'll review risk factors and protective that influence overall development and presence of mental health difficulties. We'll explore warning signs and common diagnoses. Discover how early childhood professionals can support the healthy social emotional development of children and learn intervention strategies that address the varying mental health needs of children. We'll also introduce the ACES study with background information on the effects of trauma.
Other Training Topics Include: Classroom Strategies and Interventions for Mental Health Needs, Love and Logic for Parents or Educators, Responding to Crisis and Death in the School Setting, Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth, Trauma Sensitive Schools: How Do We Respond to the Trauma our Youth Face, Anxiety in Youth, Understanding Self-Harm, Enhancing Relationships with Parents and Family, Working with Diverse Cultures, Building Skills in Youth: Strategies for Enhancing Self-Esteem and Self-Regulation, Understanding Eating Disorders, and more.
Training can fit the requirements needed for certain professionals for re-licensure (Key Warning Signs of Early On-Set Mental Illness), guidelines required by Supportive Schools Act, and requirements for Suicide Prevention. Applicable CEUs can be provided. Additional training topics are available for Mental Health Professionals seeking Continuing Education.
Training can be provided at any length and for any audience whether it is an all day presentation or a half-hour staff meeting - Paige can address the needs you're seeing in your school, church, agency, or community. Contact