We would like to bring an upcoming professional development opportunity to your attention.
Building upon the successful offering of 4 other Mental Health First Aid courses on campus since October 2015, we are pleased to share an additional opportunity for faculty to receive this certification in May. This training is the result of a partnership between Student Development & Services and Human Resources, with funding from the Equity Enhancement Fund.
This Mental Health First Aid course is being offered to faculty, particularly those in advising positions as well as professional staff in services units across campus.
Date and time: May 10 & 11, 2016
Location: TEF 3 Building (6190 Agronomy Road)
Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm over two days
There will be no cost for participants or their units as the course is being sponsored through the Equity Enhancement Fund; typically, it would cost up to $300 per participant to take this course. Currently, there is space for 15 participants. Online registration is now open and we will fill spaces as we receive registrations, and keep a waitlist for any we receive past our registration limit: https://survey.ubc.ca/surveys/sds-HmM/mental-health-first-aid-may-2016/
Due to the cost associated with running the course, and to ensure maximum participation, we do request that registrants commit to giving two weeks’ notice if they cannot attend, unless there are any unforeseen circumstances that arise. For last minute cancellations, we would ask the participant’s unit to try to find a colleague to fill the space.
For your reference, the Mental Health First Aid program description follows:
The goal of Mental Health First Aid training is to improve mental health literacy. This workshop, in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, provides participants with the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. By the end of the training, the participants will recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, be able to provide initial support to a person who may be developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis, and be prepared to guide a person towards appropriate professional help. This training is 12 hours in length to be completed in 2 sessions over a two day period. If you are not able to attend all 2 sessions, you will not be eligible for the course completion certificate.
Miranda Massie, Health, Wellbeing & Benefits, Human Resources
Patty Hambler, Student Development & Services