PENNSYLVANIA MENTAL HEALTH CONSUMERS' ASSOCIATION

TRaining & Education







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.

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 


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