The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12-18. This two-part, The eight-hour course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan: Assess for risk of suicide or harm; Listen nonjudgmentally; Give reassurance and information; Encourage appropriate professional help; and Encourage self-help and other support strategies. Participants will receive YMHFA Certificate after the eight-hour training and passing the short exam at the end of the course. YMHFA is an excellent training reference for school psychologist professional resumes, especially new school psychologists.
Part II of this course will be held on Friday, November 9 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
CASP Members: Free
Susan K. Coats, Ed.D is CASP’s Mental Health and Crisis Consultation Specialist. She educates, researches, assesses, and intervenes for children, adolescents, and their families as well as educates and collaborates public and private agencies for the benefit of students and their families. Coats counsels and mentors graduate level students in special education and school psychology programs and promotes the profession of school psychology through involvement as a California Association of School Psychologists board member. Coats responds to the mental health needs of Pre K-12 California students by participating in the California Department of Education’s Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup, U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano’s Mental Health Consortium, and Azusa Pacific University’s Mental Health Workgroup. She was honored at the 2018 NASP Convention for her advocacy efforts on behalf of California’s school psychologists, and has received numerous other awards.
Monica Nepomuceno, MSW, is an Education Programs Consultant (EPC) with the Educational Options, Student Support and American Indian Education Office for the state Department of Education. She oversees the Mental Health Services Program and manages a statewide project that includes the Training Educators through Recognition and Identification Services (TETRIS) and the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup (SMHPW). Nepomuceno is passionate about increasing awareness of student mental health among all school staff, promoting the skills to respectfully support students with mental health issues. Previously, she worked as an outreach consultant for twelve years with the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District where she helped students overcome barriers to academic and social success.