Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. YMHFA is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.

The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a five-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Fundamentals of Behavioral Health

Fundamentals of Behavioral Health (FBH) provides staff working in a healthcare or social service setting with the knowledge and skills to effectively work with individuals with behavioral health problems or mental health disorders. Students will learn to recognize, appropriately respond, and adapt to unpredictable situations that may be encountered. The six-week instructor led course contains weekly online learning modules.

The Montana Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) provide online course instruction and technical assistance to the students as well as technical assistance to the host facility. Contact the AHECs directly to inquire about scholarships for facilities/students.

Community Health Worker Fundamentals

This course provides the knowledge and skills to become a Community Health Worker (CHW). A CHW can serve as a link between health and social services and the community. CHWs can be engaged in various activities including outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy depending on the needs of the employing facility/organization. The course consists of four online learning modules and a 25-hour supervised experience.

The Montana Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) provide online course instruction and technical assistance to the students as well as technical assistance to the host facility. The host facility is responsible for providing a 25-hour supervised experience. Contact the AHECs directly to inquire about scholarships for facilities/students.

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