Free course trains school staff, parents, and others to help adolescents in trauma.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based, 8-hour interactive public education course designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, and others how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health 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 anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
There are four opportunities to take this one-day course:
• Saturday, March 4
• Saturday, April 22
• Saturday, May 13
• Saturday, June 3
The course will be held 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center (room 1101 A/B) on March 4, April 22, and May 13. On June 3 it will be held at Gainesville Middle School. Lunch will be provided. (Choose only one date.)
This course is open to all PWCS employees and parents and is offered by the Office of Student Services through a grant from the Potomac Health Foundation in collaboration with the Prince William County Community Services Board.
PWCS employees will receive professional development credit.