For more than 60 years, community health workers (CHWs) have been an important liaison in improving health behaviors and outcomes, particularly for racial and ethnic minority communities. In chronic disease care, CHWs provide culturally responsive services to educate patients, identify resources, provide case management, support care coordination activities and become part of an individual’s support network. Understanding the mental health and substance use needs of the people in their communities expands a CHWs ability to provide this support but is often a gap in their training.
Bring a Custom CHW Training to Your Organization
The National Council can organize custom one-on-one and half hour training sessions timed to the needs of your staff at the locations and dates of your choice or in the virtual environment. The custom training price offers significant savings. For more information and to schedule a training, please contact us to learn more.
Who Should Attend?
Community health workers in:
- Mental health or substance use treatment settings
- Primary care settings
- Settings providing integrated mental health and substance use combined with primary care
Community health workers will expand their skills and expertise to support people with mental health and substance use challenges. The training uses a combination of videos, interactive activities and didactic lecture. Participants will learn key elements of understanding mental health and substance use challenges in ways that are culturally responsive and support recovery. The training covers:
- What is integrated care, why is it important and how do you fit?
- What are depression and anxiety and how can you help?
- What Is the role of trauma in mental health, substance use and physical health issues?
- Substance use challenges and how you can help.
- Suicide assessment and how you can help.
- Self-care for the caregiver.