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Alongside the advocacy work we do, PMHCA has a selection of trainings that are outstanding. There are trainings for mental health professionals, peer professionals, and anyone who wants to learn more about mental health and recovery. We pride ourselves in the creation of a learning environment that is safe, comfortable, and effective. For most trainings offered, there is an in person, virtual, or hybrid ability. If you have questions about listed trainings or are interested in scheduling, please email pmhca@pmhca.org.

WRAP Seminar 1 (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP is a self-designed prevention and wellness tool that you can use to get well and stay well. WRAP is for anyone, most age groups, any time, and for any of life’s challenges. WRAP is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. Certification is provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover your own simple, safe wellness tools
  • Develop a list of things to do every day to stay as well as possible
  • Identify upsetting events, early warning signs, and signs that things have gotten much worse
  • Understand wellness tools and develop action plans to respond at the proper times
  • Create a crisis plan
  • Create a post-crisis plan

Time: may vary
Number of People: 20

Mental Health Advanced Directive Training

This course is appropriate for anyone wanting an overview of MHADs including but not limited to persons in recovery, peers, MH professionals, community partners, case managers, hospital employees, provider agencies, etc.

Learning Objectives:

  • What is a mental health advance directive (MHAD)?
  • What types of directives are there?
  • What information goes in an MHAD?
  • What makes an MHAD valid?
  • Who should MHADs be given to?
  • Do health care providers have to follow all instructions?

Time: 3 hours
Number of People: 30

 Peer Support Within the Criminal Justice System: Forensic Peer Support

Peer Support within the Criminal Justice System (FPS) offers a person-centered, strength-based support system offered to individuals with mental health and/or co-occurring challenges becomes involved in the justice system. This curriculum is structured based on the Sequential Intercept Model with initial contact with law enforcement all the way through re-entry into the community after release from incarceration.

What does a Forensic Peer do?

  • Support people during their involvement during the criminal justice system
  • Promote recovery principles including self-advocacy
  • Advocate for recipients of behavioral health care when they are unable to advocate for themselves
  • Educate all stakeholders in the Criminal Justice System about Mental Health Recovery
  • Inspire hope through shared life experiences 

Appropriate setting for Forensic Peer Support

  • Crisis Intervention Teams
  • State Hospitals
  • Emergency Rooms
  • Jails/Prisons
  • Courts/Specialty Courts
  • Halfway Houses
  • Mental Health Offices
  • Community Settings

Time: 3-day Training or 18-hours

Number of People: 30

Trauma 101

Trauma 101 is an overview of Trauma-Informed Care. Research shows that 67% of the population has experienced at least one Adverse Childhood Experience. These trauma-based adversities are predictive of a multitude of toxic physical, mental and social outcomes throughout a person’s lifetime. As a society and as individuals, we need to be better informed and prepared to prevent and address the traumatic impact of childhood adversities. In this multi-media, interactive workshop, professionals work together to build a powerful image that helps them appreciate the complex nature of trauma and its aftermath. Certification is provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain basic overview of trauma, brain basics
  • Gain basic overview of triggers and trauma responses
  • Understand complex nature of trauma and how it can affect us

Time: 2 hours

Number of People: 35


Trauma Talk Workshop

This workshop talks to attendees about what trauma is, how it can affect us throughout our lives, and what we can do about it. This will help participants feel more comfortable talking about their trauma. There is a skill-building portion which is to help attendees feel more confident in using the skills they are taught along with identifying what they already use to help organize their “trauma closet”. Along with the workshop, attendees will receive a participant packet and a bracelet included in the cost. Certification is provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about trauma, triggers, trauma responses, superpowers (coping skills), resilience, and post traumatic growth
  • A personal trauma story will be presented to help attendees learn about many different types of trauma
  • Attendees will learn about their triggers and how to manage them
  • The importance of being understanding when someone around you may be triggered
  • Help attendees to understand what the Flight, Fight, and Freeze responses are, why they happen, and how to handle them
  • This presentation is a different concept than most trauma trainings and we believe this new language focusing around the “trauma closet” will help attendees retain more knowledge on all of the above learning objectives. The concept of the “trauma closet” is a new way of visualizing what we do with our traumatic experiences and how to gain the tools needed to turn your “messy trauma closet” into an “organized trauma closet”

Time: 2.5 hours (virtual) or 3 hours (in person)

Number of people:  25 in person or 40 virtually

"Life Through My Lens" Workshop

The "Life Through My Lens" Workshop was created to help people see that stigma reduction starts within. If we keep focusing on how others treat us and ignore the negative ways we talk to ourselves, stigma will always win. This workshop is focused on turning the dial toward helping ourselves by not taking that type of treatment from our own internal voice! To change how others see us, we must first change the lens through which we see ourselves | #LIFETHROUGHMYLENS 

Certificate of participation is provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • What is stigma?
  • What is self-stigma?
  • How can we change the conversation around self-stigma?
  • Learn about the "Life Through My Lens Campaign"

Time: 2 hours

Number of People: 30


QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)

This is a suicide prevention training where the participant learns to recognize warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to Question, Persuade, and Refer someone to help appropriately. Youth MOVE PA provides this training to professionals and youth as an emergency mental health intervention for suicide. Certification is provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help and save a life

Time: 2 hours

Number of People: 25

"Stand Against Stigma" Workshop

The "Stand Against Stigma" Workshop is all about how youth and young adults can help do exactly that: Stand Against Stigma. What is stigma, how can we combat the stigmas we experience, and how can we help to educate those who are creating stigma about what they could be doing and saying differently to be more inclusive. Certificate of participation is provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what “stigma” means
  • How can stigma be damaging to ourselves?
  • What can be done to fight the stigmas that exist?
  • What role do I play in that fight?

Time: 3 hours

Number of People: 30


Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18.

What Mental Health First Aid Covers:

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges in this age group, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges
  • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis
  • How to connect the youth with help
  • Expanded content on trauma, substance use, self-care, and the impact of social media and bullying

Three Ways to Learn:

  • In-person – Learners will receive their training as an 8-hour, Instructor-led, in-person course 
  • Blended – Learners complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course, and participate in a 4.5- to 5.5-hour, Instructor-led trainingThis Instructor-led Training can be:
    • A video conference
    • An in-person class

Number of People: 30 


For youth focused trainings please visit Youth MOVE PA's website at: 
Youth MOVE PA - Training & Education (wildapricot.org)


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