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Wednesday April 11th, 2018 8:00AM — 5:00PM
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Youth Mental Health First Aid

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Event Type: Inservices/workshops Inservices/workshops

Credit Type: Act 48 Clock Hour (8 hours)

Registration Contact: Debra Jordan, djordan@pattan.net, 800-441-3215 x7224

Content Contact: Dona Alvino, dalvino@pattan.net, 800-446-5607 x6870


Mental Health Problems are more common than heart disease, lung disease, and cancer combined. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans is estimated to have a diagnosable mental disorder such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse in any given year, including 13.7 million children. Of those children only a third get help from formal mental health or substance abuse services.

Youth mental health first aid is an 8 hour training course designed to teach people methods of assisting a young person who may be in the early stages of developing a mental health problem or in a mental crisis. This training event is being offered to school and/or agency teams to ensure ample support is available to students. Suggested team members are listed below.


Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.
  • Use a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
  • Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities.
  • Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery.

School and/or agency teams which may include: educators, administrators, school volunteers, social workers, school psychologists, guidance counselors, and family members

Topics Covered: Behavior, Leadership

Thursday January 25th, 2018 9:00AM — 1:30PM
  • Location: PaTTAN - Pittsburgh
  • Registration: OPEN
Friday January 26th, 2018 9:00AM — 1:30PM
  • Location: PaTTAN - Pittsburgh
  • Registration: OPEN
Thursday February 22nd, 2018 8:00AM — 5:00PM
  • Location: PaTTAN - Harrisburg
  • Registration: OPEN
Thursday March 22nd, 2018 9:00AM — 1:30PM
  • Location: PaTTAN - Pittsburgh
  • Registration: OPEN
Friday March 23rd, 2018 9:00AM — 1:30PM
  • Location: PaTTAN - Pittsburgh
  • Registration: OPEN
Thursday May 17th, 2018 8:00AM — 5:00PM
  • Location: PaTTAN - Harrisburg
  • Registration: OPEN


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Additional Information

Target Audience:
This training is only open to LEA school-based teams consisting of FIVE members. LEAs are public, private, approved private and Charter schools. The five team members must include one or more of the following: classroom teachers, coaches, administrators, social services staff, bus drivers, volunteers, paraprofessional and/or family members.

Other professionals such as substance abuse professionals, social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, and nurses may be included as part of the team, but should not serve as the majority of the team as this training is considered introductory and does not inform advanced skills/strategies.

Registration Information:
Registration is NOT available on-line. To register, interested participants should contact:

Pittsburgh – Kristen Olszyk, 800-446-5607 ext. 6848 or kolszyk@pattan.net or Dona Alvino, 800-446-5607 ×6870 or dalvino@pattan.net

Harrisburg – Kelly Kapp, 717-901-2271 or kkapp@pattan.net or Nikole Hollins, 717-901-2283 or nhollins@pattan.net

King of Prussia – Debra Jordan, 800-441-3215 ×7224 or djordan@pattan.net or Amy Smith, 610-265-7321 ×7262 or asmith@pattan.net