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Skills for Mental Health First Responders

$25.00

Michael Day, Psy.D., provides an overview of common mental health challenges and offers strategies for assessment and intervention.

Product Description

Overview

Clergy and religious are often the “first responders” for individuals and families experiencing mental health crises. Learning basic skills for assessing and de-escalating potential crisis situations can help us serve others more effectively and increase the likelihood of healthy outcomes for those in need. Michael Day, Psy.D., provides an overview of common mental health challenges and offers strategies for assessment and intervention.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Be able to articulate a framework for understanding mental illness;
  2. Learn to distinguish between normal and abnormal behavior and assess potential for danger to self and others; and
  3. Discover strategies for de-escalating crisis situations and providing support for those in need.

Who Should Participate

Priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay ministers, and those involved in vocations, formation, or clergy and ministry personnel needs.

Reflection Questions

Questions for reflection and discussion prior to the learning session are provided below.

  1. What are my beliefs about suicide, psychosis and substance use?
  2. What concerns or fears do I have related to mental health?
  3. What specific mental health resources are available in my local community and how well do I know their quality and referral process?