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Mental Health First Aid Instructor Summit 2017: Inspiration. Education. Affirmation

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*The Summit is free-of-charge for all Mental Health First Aid Instructors; add the full conference for just an additional $450 for National Council members ($550 for nonmembers.) Complete the conference registration and choose the Mental Health First Aid Summit package. For questions, please e-mail Melissa Garza-Coons at MelissaG@TheNationalCouncil.org

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments and supports. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect people to professional, peer and social supports as well as self-help resources.

The Summit is a unique opportunity for accomplished instructors and those new to Mental Health First Aid to come together to learn from experts on various topics, share best practices on building a successful program and be inspired by leaders in the movement.

Check back often as additional information and speakers are confirmed.


Sunday, April 2

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Networking Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Opening Plenary: What a Difference a Movement Makes

  • Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health | Betsy Schwartz, Vice President, Public Education, National Council for Behavioral Health

Passion in Action

  • Poppy Jaman, President and CEO, Mental Health First Aid England

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Mental Health First Aid: A Powerful Community Response

  • Learn how cities and states across the country have mastered the art of collaboration to create sustainable impact using Mental Health First Aid.
    • Moderator: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic
    • Speakers: Jim Vollendroff, Division Director, Behavioral Health and Recovery Division, King County, Seattle | Mark Ishaug, CEO, Thresholds, Chicago | Grazia Cervone, Coordinator, Community Learning and Development, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene | Dr. John Santopietro, Chief Clinical Officer Behavioral Health, Carolinas HealthCare System

11:00 am – 11:15 am: Networking Break

11:15 am – 12:00 pm: Media, Funding and Marketing: How to Get the Things You Need to Change the World

  • Learn how to draw everyone’s attention in this fast-moving session, with a panel of experts and a slew of tips and tricks. Increase course attendance! Spark interest from funders! Turtle Wax for everyone!
    • Moderator: Meaghon Reid, Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Communications, National Council for Behavioral Health
    • Speakers: Jamie Mondics, Director, Marketing & Communications, Mental Health First Aid, National Council for Behavioral Health | Dana M. Heiman, CFRE, Interim CEO, Brandywine Health Foundation

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm: Wellness Break

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Networking Lunch

  • Hear from Mental Health First Aid USA headquarters about  what’s up-and-coming this year and tell us how we can improve to serve you better!

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm: Afternoon Sessions

  • The 411 on the 5-0: Teaching the Public Safety Course
    • This session will guide you through the updated public safety curriculum and walk you through how the new partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police can grow your training audience.
      • Moderator: Bryan Gibb, Director, Public Education, Mental Health First Aid USA, National Council for Behavioral Health
      • Speakers: Louis Dekmar, Chief of Police, 1st Vice President, International Association of Chiefs of Police | Sgt. Jeremy Romo, Sergeant, St. Louis County Police Department | Joseph Coffey, Captain (Ret.), Mental Health First Aid National Trainer
  • Best Practices from Teachers, Child Welfare Workers and Foster Parents
    • Learn from specialists across America who have harnessed the power of Youth Mental Health First Aid to make an impact in their communities.
      • Moderator: Betsy Schwartz, Vice President, Public Education and Strategic Initiatives, National Council for Behavioral Health
      • Speakers: Julie Collins, MSW, LCSW, VP, Practice Excellence, Child Welfare League of America| Sherry M. Ponder, Ph.D, Nationally Board Certified Teacher | Janet Pozementier, Director, Center for School Behavioral Health, Mental Health America of Greater Houston | Suzanne Pearlmann, Community Outreach, Communications and Training Manager, Behavioral Health Services New Mexico & Mental Health First Aid National Trainer

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm: Certification

  • Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education
    • Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get certified to teach the higher education module with an in person training by Rachel Taube. The in-person format allows you to ask questions and receive guidance that you would not receive in the online course.
      • Instructor: Rachel J. Christiansen Taube, MSW, Project Director for Mental Health First Aid, Missouri Institute of Mental Health

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Afternoon Sessions

  • The Gift of Evaluations: How You Can Turn Your Results into Fuel for Improvement
    • Your evaluations results can dramatically enhance your teaching. Find out what to look for and how to use that information to boost your success!
      • Moderator: Tramaine EL-Amin, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Mental Health First Aid USA, National Council for Behavioral Health
      • Speakers: Andrea Smith, LLMSW, Director of Clinical Practice Improvement, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority | Carmita C. Williams-Brown, MSW, Workforce Development Manager, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority | Bruno Anthony, Ph.D, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Vice Chair of Pediatrics for Research, Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Releasing Your Inner Superstar: Ask the National Trainers
    • Who better to learn from than the Instructors who train the Instructors? Hear from a panel of national-trained superstars on how to take your training to the next level, teach sections of the course that are particularly challenging and bring the funk. Bring lots of questions for this engaging session.
      • Speakers: Jill Kleusner, MA, CRC, National Trainer, Mental Health First Aid USA | Bryan Gibb, Director, Public Education, Mental Health First Aid USA

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Certification

  • Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety
    • Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get certified to teach the Public Safety module with an in-person training by Capt. Joseph Coffey. The inperson format allows you to ask questions and receive guidance that you would not receive in the online course.
      • Instructor: Capt. Joseph Coffey, Captain (Ret.), Mental Health First Aid National Trainer

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm: Afternoon Sessions

  • Sustainability of Mental Health First Aid: Funding Your Mental Health First Aid Initiative Post-grant
    • Your money is running out – now what? Learn how to access funding for your Mental Health First Aid initiative from those in the know!
      • Moderator: Jamie Mondics, Director, Marketing & Communications, Mental Health First Aid USA, National Council for Behavioral Health
      • Speakers: Meriden Peters, MPH, CHES, Program Officer, Interact for Health Ohio | Jennifer Cox, MA, Director of Training, Montgomery County ADAMHS | Karen Gentile, LCSW-C, Esq. Public Health Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration | Rikki Barton, MA, MAPS, Director, Regional Support Center, Community Partnership of the Ozarks | Alaina Williams, MPS, YMHFA Project Coordinator/Prevention Specialist, Community Partnership of the Ozarks
  • Getting Participants in Your Class (and Keeping Their Attention!)
    • Did you know that Instructors have successfully obtained CEUs for social workers, foster parents, teachers and more? Learn how to fill your classes by offering CEUs and how to improve your presentation skills in this innovative, interactive session!
      • Speakers: Bryan Gibb, Director, Public Education, Mental Health First Aid USA, National Council for Behavioral Health | Jill Kleusner, MA, National Trainer, Mental Health First Aid

3:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Certification

  • Cultural Competence Certification
    • In this training session EXCLUSIVE to Summit attendees, Instructors will learn how to teach a more inclusive, culturally competent course to help better serve the communities you teach.
      • Instructor: Meaghon Reid, AVP, Mental Health First Aid USA, National Council for Behavioral Health

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Networking Break

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Closing Plenary Session: Filling a National Need

  • SpeakerMary Lambert, Singer and Entertainer

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Appreciation Reception

 

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