Youth Mental Health First Aid
Date & Location:
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
This program is free of charge. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants.
Many clinicians, and those in the mental health field are not well informed about how to recognize mental health problems, how to provide support and what the best treatments and services are available. Many people developing mental health disorders do not get professional help or delay getting professional help. The goal of this program is to teach people how to offer initial support until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis resolves. There can also be a stigma and discrimination against youths with mental health problems, which may be reduced by improving the understanding of their experiences.
A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach caregivers and the community how to help an adolescent (ages 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health challenge or addictions challenge or is in crisis. 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:
- Substance Use
- Disorders in which psychosis may occur
- Disruptive Behavior Disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders
Baystate Springfield Educational Partnership (BSEP) and Baystate Continuing Interprofessional Education
This course is designed for nurses, mental health counselors, social workers and all those within the community who regularly have contact with young people ages 12-18.
- Discuss the prevalence of various mental health disorders impacting youth and the need for reduced stigma in communities.
- Recognize the warning signs of mental health problems that may impact youth, primarily those aged 12-18.
- Discuss the risk and protective factors that can impact a youth's mental health and resiliency.
- Apply a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation; to select and implement appropriate interventions; and to help the youth in crisis connect with appropriate, evidence-based treatment and supports.
- Identify and access the community resources available to support youth and their families.
Registration & Continental Breakfast
Overview of MHFA Course, Manual and Youth Mental Health First Aid. What is your role?
Youth Mental Health Problems in US; Prevalence of Mental Health Disorders; Adolescent Development; Resiliency; Youth MHFA and the Spectrum of Interventions; Youth MHFA Action Plan.
Signs and Symptoms ; Non-suicidal Self-Injury.
Risk Factors for Developing a Mental Health Disorder ; Protective Factors.
Youth MHFA Action Plan; Action 'A' – Assess for Risk of Suicide or Harm.
What do you Do? Using the ALGEE Action Plan; Approaching the Youth; Action 'L' – Listen Non-Judgmentally.
Action 'G'– Give Reassurance and Information.
Action 'E'– Encourage Appropriate Professional Help.
Action 'E'– Encourage Self-Help and Other Support Strategies.
Youth Mental Health First Aid for Crisis Situations; Actions 'A' – Asses for Risk of Suicide or Harm.
Other Crises; Taking Care of the First Aider.
Wrapping Up the Youth MHFA Course.
Kelly Lamas, MPH*
Baystate Springfield Educational Partnership
The design and content of Baystate Continuing Interprofessional Education ( CE ) activities support quality improvement in healthcare and provide fair and balanced views of therapeutic options. Faculty or planner conflicts of interest are resolved before the educational activity.
*None of the members of the faculty or planning committee for this educational event have commercial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients.
In support of improving patient care, Baystate Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team.
This activity carries a maximum of 6.25 contact hours.
Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Baystate Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Baystate Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 6.25 CE credit(s) for psychologists have been granted for this educational activity.
Mental Health Counselors
Baystate Health is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. THE ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. (ACEP #5684) 6.25 clock hours.
- 6.25 AAPA Category 1 CME creditBaystate Health has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 6.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PA’s should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
- 6.25 ANCC Contact Hours
- 6.25 BCIPE Instructional Hours
- 6.25 APA Psychologists American Psychological AssociationBaystate Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Baystate Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- 6.25 NBCCBaystate Health is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBC requirements. The ACEP solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
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Mon, 01/06/2020 - 3:30pm
We appreciate your business and sincerely wish to meet your educational needs. We understand that the schedule of a busy professional, like yourself, is subject to change. Therefore, we have included information about our refund/cancellation policies for your convenience below.
If you must cancel, telephone Baystate Continuing Interprofessional Education at 413-322-4242 and follow your call with a written/email request. All cancellations will incur a $25.00 fee. Please note that we cannot refund cancellations received less than two weeks (10 business days) before the program date.
Your refund, less a cancellation fee, will be processed within two (2) weeks from the date we receive the written notification. For credit card refunds, please allow one to two (1-2) billing cycles for the credit to appear on your statement.
Specific Aids or Services:
Please call Baystate Continuing Interprofessional Education at 413-322-4242 if, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you require specific aids or services during your visit to this continuing education program.