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Project Description

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program is an interactive 8-hour certification class that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.

Specifically, participants learn:

  •     The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury,
  •     An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities,
  •     A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care,
  •     The appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.

Similar to CPR, you will become certified as a Mental Health First Aider.

Who should become a Mental Health First Aider?  All of the following will probably be in church congregations – so all apply!  Rather than list all below, I would say – everyone from your church/synagogue/temple/etc.

Participants for each training vary, but include hospitals and federally qualified health centers, state policymakers, employers and chambers of commerce, faith communities, school personnel, state police and corrections staff, nursing home staff, mental health authorized support staff, young people, families, and the general public.

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The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest scientific research studies of its kind, analyzing the relationship between childhood trauma and the risk for physical and mental illness in adulthood.

ACE Interface is a nationally recognized curriculum that provides information about the ACE Study, it’s implications in our daily lives, and next steps regarding how to use this valuable information. ACE Interface was developed by Dr. Robert Anda, one of the principal investigators of the ACE Study, and Laura Porter, a nationally recognized resilience researcher.

There are 25 trained ACE Interface Master Trainers in the state of Iowa. Master Trainers can provide ACE Interface training in a number of settings, to a variety of audiences, and in multiple formats. Depending on the needs of the audience, presentations can range from 20 minutes to 45 minutes, or multiple hours or multiple days. There is currently a 2-hour presentation that is approved by DHS for child care provider continuing education credit and other targeted presentations are in development. Master Trainers can also provide education to individuals so that those individuals can present the ACE Interface materials to other audiences, including the public.

To schedule an ACE Interface presentation, contact Jan Heidemann.

Send this information to:

Jan Heidemann

203 1st Avenue NE

Waverly, IA 50677

Or e-mail jheidemann@ecriowa.us

Or fax to 319-352-2997

The MH/DS of the East Central Region is happy to announce that Trauma Informed Care Training is now available in our Region.

Trauma Informed Care training will cover the impact trauma has on your biology, the effects of trauma in a person’s life, how behavior is a learned defense to protect oneself from their previous trauma, and the foundation of looking at clients from the focus of “What happened to you?” as opposed to “What’s wrong with you?”.

Over the course of 2015, 17 people from various agencies within the Region have attended classes on trauma informed care.  These classes have been conducted by Dr. Robert Macy and Frank Grijalva of the International Trauma Center.  They also provided the TCI training that is used at Tanager Place and the training for the Pediatric Mental Intensive Care centers in Iowa.

The 17 students were recruited from various provider agencies throughout the Region and are available to provide information and instruction in trauma informed care for your staff.  Because the Region financed the training at no cost to the various agencies, the training will be provided to everyone within the Region at no cost.

The training is designed to fit your agency’s needs.  We will work to ensure that the class fits within your time frame.  The amount and depth of the material can be adjusted to match the needs of the attendees and the time allotted.

If you would like to have someone present a class on Trauma Informed Care to your staff, please complete the following information:

  • The name of your agency or group
  • Your name and contact information
  • The time and date of the training
  • The location of the training
  • The availability of computer equipment
  • The length of the training
  • The approximate number of attendees

Send this information to:

Jan Heidemann

203 1st Avenue NE

Waverly, IA 50677

Or e-mail jheidemann@ecriowa.us

Or fax to 319-352-2997

Sign up for free Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma Informed Care or Mental Health First Aid training, please fill out and submit the information below: