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Youth Mental Health First Aid with No Shame On U, Rebecca's Dream and JCFS


  • Ravinia Green Country Club 1200 Saunders Road Riverwoods, IL, 60015 United States (map)

Sundays November 10th AND November 17th, 9am to 1pm. Certification requires attendance at both sessions.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed 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 a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

About Youth Mental Health First Aid Co-Facilitators, Nina Henry and Lisa Ehrlich:

Nina Henry, LCPC, CADC, Addiction Specialist at the Jewish Center for Addiction (a program of Jewish Child and Family Services), has been working in the substance use and mental health fields for more than 25 years.  She received her Masters of Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University and was certified to provide addiction treatment services by the Illinois Certification Board in 1991.  Ms. Henry was certified to provide Mental Health First Aid training in 2010.

Lisa Ehrlich, M.Ed, Manager of Outreach and Community Education at Response for Teens (a program of Jewish Child and Family Services), She received her Master’s in Education from the University of Michigan and has joined Response for Teens after cultivating her expertise in curriculum development and youth advocacy over 13 years as a high school teacher in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). She has facilitated workshops for teachers, administrators, students, and parents around mental health, sexual health, safe/ inclusive spaces, anti-bias, healthy relationships, media literacy and gender, and consent. Lisa was certified to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid training in 2019, and is a part of a Community of Practice, supported by the Jewish Teen Funder Collaborative, that gathers practitioners from around the country to address the topic of mental health in the young Jewish community.

Space is limited. To register: https://mhfanov19.eventbrite.com

Coffee, tea, water, fruit and snacks will be served.