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Upcoming Training: “Psychological First Aid”

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This course is being offered free-of-charge on Coursera.org.  The instructor for the course is from Johns Hopkins.

I have not taken this particular course, but it is one I just signed up for and thought I would share a link to it here in case anyone is interested in learned how to respond when they meet someone experiencing a mental health crisis.  I have taken other courses through Coursera, and found them to be worth the time it took to take part.

This Psychological First aid course is a 6 week course requiring 1 – 3 hours of time per week

Dates: May 18, 2015 through June 27, 2015

If you complete the course with a grade of 70% or higher you will receive a certificate of completion.

The course is for people wanting to help someone else who is in crisis and is not appropriate if you are someone seeking help due to crisis.

 

“Penn Foundation to offer mental health first aid training”

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This November 16, 2014 Montgomery Media article talks about Mental Health First Aid training being offered by the Penn Foundation will be held

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

in Penn Foundation’s Univest Community Room

in the Loux Healthcare Center at 807 Lawn Ave. in West Rockhill.

Please see the article if you want more detailed information.

“Mind Your Health: Mental health first aid gaining momentum”

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This November 4, 2014 article on the DailyLocal.com website talks about a program in Chester County designed to teach people about Mental Health First Aid and has information about where to go to get this training and get certified in Chester County.

Seal of Chester County, Pennsylvania

Seal of Chester County, Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Pa. law increases training requirements for suicide prevention”

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This August 16, 2014 Herald Mail Media article talks about a new law that would require all K-12 educators to have a minimum of 4 hours of training every 5 years on suicide awareness and prevention

“Lehigh Valley librarians receive mental health sensitivity training”

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This June 23, 2014 article on the LehighValleyLive website talks about a training that may be among the first to be offered to librarians to help them be more sensitive to the needs of people with mental illnesses who may use the library.  Librarians from several counties attended.

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English: An American Lady butterfly against a cloud-filled sky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Mental health first-aid training classes scheduled”

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This March 7, 2014 article on The Patriot-News website talks about an upcoming Mental Health First-aid class to be held on March 22, 2014 at the United Methodist Home for Children in Mechanicsburg, PA there is a $25 fee to cover the cost of materials and lunch, and pre-registration is required.  contact information for registration is included in the article.

 

 

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“Certified Peer Specialist Training Opportunity for Veterans or Active Military”

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Date: January 22 and 23, 2014
Harrisburg DGS Annex Complex
Application must be postmarked or faxed by December 6

Follow the link at the top for more details about how and where to apply.

 

“Hearing Voices”

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This March 23, 2013 article on the StandardSpeaker.com website talks about training that Luzerne County police underwent.  The training involved wearing headphones and hearing things ranging from critical statements soothing music.   While at the same time they were hearing the voices on the headphones, they were run through a basic roadside sobriety test and given instructions at a fast pace.  The combination of what they were hearing through the headphones and the instructions they were given for the roadside sobriety test confused the officers.  So why did they do this you ask?  Simple to get an idea of what it might be like for someone who is having auditory hallucinations during a seemingly simple stop.

 

If this is the same training session I took awhile back, it is one that I feel everyone who comes in contact with mentally ill folks should take if they are first responders, mental health workers, or anyone in the medical field.  The training really does offer some insight into what it might be like for others.

“New suicide prevention program for the public being offered locally”

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This January 19, 2013 article on thedailyreview.com talks about a program for helping people have a better idea what to do if someone they know is suicidal it teaches basic skills in how to get someone to the help they need.  The article compares QPR to the well-known CPR in that it is a first step, and not meant to be a comprehensive approach.

 

“Soldiers, civilians learn about mental health in Scranton”

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This article dated January 23, 2012, and found on thetimes-tribune.com website, talks about resilience  training that has begun for military personal and their families in the Scranton area.

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