In April, the Athens Area Community Foundation, the Athens Wellbeing Project, and Envision Athens are partnering with the Georgia Nurses Association to bring 3 virtual training sessions to the region. For those who attended one of the three 1-hour sessions, priority registration for the 3-hour session on Friday, April 23rd is now open. There will be additional 3-hour trainings held by the Georgia Nurses Association in the future, completion of a 1-hour class is required to register for the 3-hour class.
Coming in June and August 2021, there will be 6 additional 1-hour CRM training sessions available for registration! Register now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-resiliency-model-an-introductory-session-tickets-154267274571?aff=erelexpmlt
Created by Mental Health First Aid USA, the Youth Mental Health First Aid training sessions are intended to provide information for people with regular interactions with adolescents. The curriculum covers both crisis and non-crisis interventions for youth experiencing mental health challenges.
In partnership with the Athens Wellbeing Project and Envision Athens, the Athens Area Community Foundation is promoting these training sessions, taught by Dr. Courtney Still Brown and Dr. Diane W. Bales of the University of Georgia. These sessions aim 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 mental health concerns, addictions challenges, or a crisis situation. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders.
Registration for this event is currently closed, but we hope to bring more training sessions in the near future!
On May 28th the Athens Area Community Foundation, in partnership with Envision Athens and the Athens Wellbeing Project, hosted a free three-hour online training on trauma-informed care called “Trauma 101: Providing Care to Yourself and Others from a Trauma-Informed Perspective.” Initially, 950 tickets were offered for the event which completely sold out. Over 450 individuals attended nationally and globally.
The training was presented by Dr. Brian Bride, director of the School of Social Work at Georgia State University. It provided a ground-level introduction to trauma, its sources, and effects, some basics of self-care, and delved deeply into the topic of secondary trauma. Secondary trauma is typically experienced by persons who have been impacted by their work with traumatized clients or individuals, such as hospital staff or social workers. A recording of the entire training session can be found here: Trauma 101 – Providing Care for Yourself and Others from a Trauma-Informed Perspective
On June 11th, following an outpouring of interest, the grant partners convened a one-hour Coffee and Conversation Q&A opportunity with Dr. Brian Bride to provide a further chance for questions and commentary related to the initial May 28th training. Roughly half of the Q&A event was based on questions collected in preparation for the event, and then the floor was opened to any further questions. You can find a recording of the entire event here: Coffee and Conversation with Dr. Brian Bride: Q&A Follow Up
On August 3rd, the grant partners convened a second, simplified “Trauma 101” training for the workforce development staff of Goodwill of Northeast Georgia. This training was planned as the first of a two-part series. The training was again presented by Dr. Brian Bride, director of the School of Social Work at Georgia State University. It provided a ground-level introduction to trauma, its sources and effects, and some tips on implementing this newfound trauma awareness in the workplace.
On September 25th, the Athens Area Community Foundation hosted a training session that covered SBIRT, the clinical detection and intervention training method focused on breaking the cycle of substance abuse. That session was recorded and can be accessed using the link below.
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