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Trauma Informed Care
Workshop Description:

Experiencing trauma can change or impact the way an individual perceives the world. A single event, such as a natural disaster, fire, or accident, or a more complex trauma, such as prolonged exposure to abuse or violence, can impact an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This training is designed to provide a basic understanding of the impact of trauma on the lives of the people we serve.

This training will review the basic concepts of how trauma changes the development, growth, and functioning of the brain.This training examines the influence of trauma on behavior and offers strategies and approaches to promote a culture of trauma informed care that is person centered.

This training will increase awareness about the impact of trauma and will enhance the ability to identify specific interventions and wider trauma informed care approaches and guidelines that can be implemented across systems of care.

Date: July 14, 2017

Time: 9:30AM-12:30PM (3 hours)

Location: Conference Center,1801 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD, 20852

Facilitator: Elizabeth Guroff, Cornerstone Montgomery

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 Youth Mental Health First Aid Part 1 and 2 *Must Attend Both Sessions*

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.


The 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 
    Encourage self-help and other support strategies

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.


The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.), but is being tested for appropriateness within older adolescent groups (16 and older) so as to encourage youth peer to peer interaction. In January 2013, President Obama recommended training for teachers in Mental Health First Aid. Since 2008, the core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to hundreds of thousands of people across the USA, including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public.


Mental Health First Aid USA is coordinated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Mental Health First Aid USA worked with experts at the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to develop the youth program.


To learn more about the Mental Health First Aid USA, or to find a course or contact an instructor in your area, visit

Date: July 20, 2017 and July 21, 2017

Time: 9:30AM-2:00PM (4 hrs each day)

Location: Strayer University, 1803 Research Boulevard, Rockville MD, 20850

Facilitator(s): Anne Peyer, Roshni Chatterjee, Cornerstone Montgomery

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