Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced class, and then participate in a 5-hour, Instructor-led class using videoconferencing technology. You will need to complete the self-paced class in order to access the live class.
Participants will be required to complete the self-paced portion by January 26th at 12pm or will be removed from the course to allow others access to the course.
The virtual training will be based on new curricula that has been in development for more than a year. It includes expanded content on trauma, addiction, and self-care. Youth MHFA will include new content applicable for adults working with elementary-age children, including content on the impact of social media. The content is gender-neutral and culturally relevant.
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Our instructor is Jessica Fowler, CADC, LCAS-A.
Jessica is a substance use prevention specialist at the Poe Center for Health Education. She leads the agency’s bullying prevention and SEL efforts, and she serves as one of Poe’s Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructors and Teen Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Along with providing education to children, youth, and adults, she works with community collaboratives and coalitions around substance use prevention initiatives that focus on policy work, environmental changes, and strategies to reduce and prevent youth substance use. Jessica is actively involved in mental health wellness, suicide prevention, and human trafficking prevention initiatives both locally and across North Carolina. Jessica’s passion is centered around strengthening and building community protective factors as well as decreasing the stigma on substance use and mental health.