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Youth Mental Health First Aid for people living and working in King County
November 13, 2021 @ 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
What is Youth Mental Health First Aid? Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. 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.
Please note: There is a prerequisite of a 2 hour self paced online training to be completed 48 hours prior to the training to be admitted to the virtual instructor led training. The link will be shared several days before the training via via email.
About the Facilitators:
Teri Hardy has 18 years of experience in the Behavioral Health Field, is a licensed SUDP and has a MBA in Healthcare management. Her vast experience ranges from directing residential programs, outpatient clinics, Hospital ITA programs, Co-occurring programs, Intern programs and working with adults, youth and families. Throughout her career, she has been a tireless advocate for creating access to services, opening clinics to underserved populations and focusing on trauma informed care for all clients. As a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer, she has taught numerous trainings for agencies and communities and absolutely loves teaching and interacting with participants during the course.
M’Liss Moon has been a contributor to physical and mental health in her community for over 20 years. Her degree in Psychology and passion for what contributes to mental and physical health led her to a career as a Massage Therapist and most recently promoting awareness and education on ACE’s, trauma informed practices and building community resilience. As Youth Resilience and Community Resources Coordinator at Empower Youth Network, M’Liss works on a team to weave together a network of support systems and resources for people living in Snoqualmie Valley. She is a passionate advocate, volunteering her time in city government and PTA to bring awareness to social determinants of health. M’Liss is thrilled to be on the path of becoming a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor and helping people discover the contribution they can make for youth in their community by bringing awareness and support to mental well-being.