Mental Health Support & Intervention Training

4-5 hour customized learning to increase mental health awareness and resiliency for your workplace or community . I include a specialized course for first responder agencies and healthcare providers!

Participants of this training will learn the steps to identify and assist individuals who are struggling with: 

  • Addiction or substance-use disorders
  • Mood-related disorders & suicide intervention
  • Anxiety disorders & panic attacks
  • Trauma-related disorders 
  • Acute psychosis & Emotional Crisis

This includes the knowledge and tools required to:

  • Understand mental health and its connection to our overall health
  • Reduce stigmas surrounding mental health conditions in your community
  • Provide effective intervention to someone struggling with a mental health crisis
  • Increase mental health resiliency in your community and workplace
  • Use motivational interviewing techniques to build trust and connection
  • Build basic understanding of what is happening in the brain during a crisis
  • Apply the most recent information on the impacts that mental health problems have on workplace productivity, the community, and quality of life
  • Assess the various biological, psychological, and sociological risk factors that contribute to addictions and mental health disorders
  • Increase harm reduction awareness about common legal and illegal substances
  • Recognize the signs of an overdose and how to respond until help arrives
  • Learn the key components of effective crisis intervention
  • Increase confidence to engage in a conversation about suicide intervention
  • Build healthy self-care and coping techniques to avoid compassion fatigue or “burnout”
  • Identify signs and symptoms of common mental health problems and their impacts on daily functioning
  • Learn the skills required to support someone with a mental health struggle and connect them to appropriate professional help

Contact to book training or consultation services!

Workshops for Workplaces & Communities

Mental Health Resiliency Training

Participants in this workshop will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand Mental Health and reduce stigmas
  • Increase Mental Health resiliency and ability to cope with impacts on physical, psychological, social, emotional, legal, and financial well-being
  • Recognize the biological, psychological, and sociological factors related to mental health problems and disorders
  • Be aware of healthy self-care and how to apply it to the mental health continuum
  • Increase capacity and effectiveness to provide support to someone experiencing distress until help arrives
  • Recognize in yourself the signs of a mental health problem and how to respond to symptoms
  • Monitor for symptoms of burnout or compassion fatigue and when to seek support
  • Assist others in building mental health resiliency

Overdose Prevention & Harm Reduction

Participants in this workshop will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Define Harm Reduction, the role it plays in addiction and mental health care
  • Discuss the stigmas and barriers individuals struggling with addiction or substance-use face in our society
  • Identify the biological, psychological, sociological, and other risk factors that contribute to substance-use disorders
  • Discuss how psychological trauma and genetics contribute to substance-use disorders
  • Discuss techniques to prevent overdose, infection, injury, and other harms
  • Understand the opioid crisis and the history of addiction in North America
  • Discuss the common substances and factors that can cause an overdose
  • Recognize the effects of opioids, stimulants, cholinergic, and anticholinergic 
  • Practice how to recognize and respond to an overdose 
  • Effectively use, oxygen and Narcan/Naloxone to reverse a suspected opioid overdose
  • Understanding and the role of harm reduction in preserving life during recovery
  • Identify appropriate resources for harm reduction and overdose prevention

Acute Psychosis & Emotional Crisis

Participants in this workshop will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Recognize the spectrum of signs/symptoms for acute psychosis, drug-induced psychosis, and psychosis-related disorders
  • Recognize the effects on emotion/motivation, thinking/perception, and behavioural changes 
  • Understand the history of psychiatry and treatment of those living with psychosis
  • Understand the possible causes and risk factors associated with psychosis
  • Understand the complexity of diagnosis and cultural perspectives
  • Review the myths surrounding violence and other stigmas associated with people who suffer from these conditions
  • Assess risk of harm to self or others
  • Effectively communicate to build trust and connection with someone in crisis
  • Exercise non-judgmental listening and de-escalation techniques
  • Creating a safe and supportive environment in workplaces or communities
  • How to address hallucinations, delusions, distressing topics
  • What you should avoid doing or saying when assisting someone who is in psychosis
  • How to connect them with appropriate professional resources
  • Empower an individual with healthy self-care tools, coping techniques, and other resources
  • Identify what treatments and resources are available for someone suffering from psychosis-related disorder

Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention 

Participants in this workshop will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Recognize various signs and symptoms of psychological crisis
  • Learn the 5 common human responses to crisis and overwhelming stress
  • Assess risk of harm to the individual in crisis, yourself, and others
  • Recognize signs that someone is having thoughts or ideations about suicide
  • Learn how to effectively build trust through understanding and active listening
  • Increase confidence in building a safety plan to disarm the individuals means of acting on suicidal ideations, while promoting autonomy
  • Understand how to apply the SAFER model to someone in crisis (Assisting Individuals in Crisis – 5th Edition, Everly, 2017, pg. 40)
  • Discuss and use techniques to meet basic needs of someone lacking stability
  • Understand the importance of acknowledging the crisis through normalization
  • Apply techniques of active listening to facilitate trust and understanding
  • Discuss healthy and effective coping techniques for acute stress
  • Recognize when appropriate referrals should be made for professional help
  • Build confidence in your ability to facilitate recovery and access to local resources (websites, phone lines, mobile response teams, etc.)

Cannabis Harm Reduction & Education

Participants in this workshop will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Discuss cannabis and the human endocannabinoid system
  • Understand the effects of the common cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis
  • Identify slang terms and the evolution of cannabis in western society
  • Understand the history of social policy, legislation, and the “War On Drugs”
  • Discuss the effects of legalization in Canada and the United States
  • Identify risk factors that contribute to negative side effects
  • Identify protective factors that reduce negative side effects
  • Discuss the risks of using cannabis during adolescent development
  • Recognize the difference of recreational and therapeutic cannabis use
  • Learn the potential harms of misuse and unregulated cannabis
  • Reduce stigma for medical cannabis users by understanding its role in treating certain conditions (chronic pain, PTSD, insomnia, etc.)
  • Recognize the signs that you or someone else is experiencing dependence
  • Manage psychological or physical distress in an individual who has consumed too much THC (panic attacks, dizziness, paranoia, disorientation, drowsiness)
  • Discuss the different consumption methods (smoking, vaporizing, edibles)
  • Identify specific populations that are at risk of adverse reactions
  • Apply harm reduction practices for yourself or others who use cannabis

Other workshops include:

Cannabis Health & Wellness Coaching

Psychedelic Integration Coaching

Contact to book training or consultation services!

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