Strategies for Supporting Mental Health

bulletIn-person training in Rochester, MN

bulletFriday, November 3, 2017

bullet10:30 am-3:00 pm CT

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$80 for non-YIPA members

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This training day includes two sessions, both designed to give you new perspective on mental health for yourself and the youth you serve.


Session 1: The Mind-Body Connection in Youth Work

Youth workers are passionate about helping youth succeed. Yet at times youth behavior makes it difficult for you to support them and it can be taxing on your personal well-being. Instead of remaining calm in the face of challenging behavior, sometimes you feel out of control, frustrated, and at a loss for how to manage yourself.

Most youth work professionals easily recognize the importance of helping young people, but unfortunately do not recognize the importance of taking care of themselves until they feel overwhelmed. This is why self-care should not be seen as a one-time or reactionary event, but rather part of our everyday maintenance and well-being. Regular self-care reduces stress and maintains and enhances our short- and longer-term health and well-being.

In this interactive training you will learn how to manage your own energy in a way that can help reduce stressful interactions with youth. You will feel more prepared to interact with youth because you have engaged in some rejuvenating activities that support your own well-being. This training will give you hands-on practice in applying some of the self-care strategies. You will learn techniques that help you and the youth you serve.

An online follow up discussion will be held six weeks after the class. This provides you the option to implement the new strategies you learned and then discuss what is working.

Session 1 Learning Objectives

  • Define self-regulation and mindfulness
  • Examine current research on the mind-body connection
  • Understand how Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) can be used in youth work
  • Participate in self-care intervention activities and create an implementation strategy

Session 1 Trainer

Ellie Peterson, creator of the Meditative Movement™ technique, teaches individuals how to listen to their own mind and body so they can be a positive influence on the youth they serve. She graduated from the College of St. Catherine in 1992 where she studied fitness and psychology. She teaches individuals how to transform unhealthy habits into nurturing ones by exercising their own personal power in a new way. Ellie shares her own personal life experiences in this entertaining presentation that will introduce you to powerful energizing activities you can use every day. She is an author, professional speaker, and founder of Power of Positive Workouts.

Session 2: Talking with Youth About Mental Health

Mental Health concerns are becoming more prevalent among youth today than ever before. Young people experiencing anxiety or depression, or any sort of mental health challenge, face not only the physical and emotional symptoms but also the stress and strain of the stigma associated with mental illness.

As a youth worker, you cannot afford to be silent about mental illness. There will be youth you work with who need your support. You’ll need to be able to recognize some of the early warning signs of mental illness and know where to turn for help and support, especially if a crisis should arise.

This training will help you better understand some common mental health concerns among youth. With understanding, you’ll be able to break down the fear and stigma around mental illness, giving you new confidence in your ability to talk with youth about their mental health.

Session 2 Learning Objectives

  • Learn how trauma can affect mental health
  • Identify early warning signs of anxiety and depression in youth
  • Learn how to talk with youth about mental health concerns incorporating “person first” and “stigma-free” language
  • Learn when to call a crisis team versus 911 and basic de-escalation techniques
  • Learn about local resources and how to use them

Session 2 Trainer

Nancy Howe is a Certified Family Peer Specialist (CFPS) and has over ten years of experience parenting a young adult with schizophrenia and advocating for mental health reform. She has been a guest speaker for Vail Place, served on the Advisory Board for Schizophrenia Research Studies at the U of M, presented at the Minnesota Chemical and Mental Health and Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health conferences, testified during the 2017 legislative session for FEP program funding, and facilitated parent support groups. At NAMI she is responsible for educating youth and their families through the First Episode Psychosis, Progressions, Young Adult Connection Support Groups, Transitions, Ending the Silence, and NAMI in the Lobby programs. In addition, Nancy serves on several committees within the community.

Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: Mental Health

Logistics

  • In-Person training in Rochester, MN
  • Friday, November 3, 2017
  • 10:30 am-12:30 pm “The Mind-Body Connection in Youth Work”
    • 12:30 pm-1:00 pm FREE Networking Lunch
    • 1:00 pm-3:00 pm “Talking with Youth About Mental Health”
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $80 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Click here to join or learn more.
  • This training day will count as 4 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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We would like to thank Mayo Clinic for their generous support of this training.