About the MHAT Course

Identify. Understand. Respond.

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants to identify, understand and respond to mental health and substance use challenges.

This basic course on mental health and substance abuse conditions will give you the skills to notice and engage individuals experiencing these symptoms which cause suffering. Through engagement, you can offer understanding and invite them to expand their care team with resources that can help. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of this course. This course is foundational and part of the training curriculum for NCServes Providers & Staff, Peer Supports, and Community Stakeholders.

In person and virtual options will be available and updated below. If you’d like to sign up a group feel free to send a message through the registration portal or email Alex O’Neill with the Governor’s Institute at alex@govinst.org.

Zoom - August 22 & 23, 2022 - Virtual

WHO IS THIS FOR?

– Carolinas Community Stakeholders (Leaders, Providers, Employee Resource Groups, Veterans, Family Members)

WHERE IS IT?

This will be a 2 day virtual training using the Zoom platform.

WHEN IS IT?

August 22, 2022 – 9AM – 1PM & August 23, 2022 – 9AM – 1PM

TRAINERS

Bradley Wrenn & Brittany Gottschalk

Durham - August 31, 2022 - In Person

WHO IS THIS FOR?

– Carolinas Community Stakeholders (Leaders, Providers, Employee Resource Groups, Veterans, Family Members)

WHERE IS IT?

Family Life Center at Grey Stone Church in Durham

Address: 2601 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705

WHEN IS IT?

August 31, 2022 – 8AM – 5PM – Attendees will be given an hour lunch break.

TRAINERS

Heather Rossi  has been with the USO for 3 years and serves as the Triangle Center Operations Manager.  Previously she served 8 years in the military, then spent time working with a mental health organization serving military families and veterans.  She has been a mental health first aid instructor for 3 years.

Rachel Taylor joined the staff of USO North Carolina in October 2017 as a NCServes Community Coordinator, where she connected with and served over 1,000 Active Duty, Veterans and Military Family clients, before being promoted to USO Programming. She is responsible for coordinating, implementing, managing, and evaluating creative, fun and engaging USO programs, events and activities for one or more USO centers and expeditionary sites. . Rachel is married to her very own All American Hero stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. She has three wonderful children that constantly keep her on her toes. Photography is a huge passion for Rachel. Further demonstrating her commitment to serving our military community, Rachel is proud to use her knowledge and skill to donate time and images to military families, especially those facing deployment.

Fayetteville - September 14, 2022 - In Person

WHO IS THIS FOR?

– Carolinas Community Stakeholders (Leaders, Providers, Employee Resource Groups, Veterans, Family Members)

WHERE IS IT?

Cohen Clinic
3505 Village Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304

WHEN IS IT?

September 14th, 2022 – 8AM – 5PM – Attendees will be given an hour lunch break.

TRAINERS

Heather Rossi has been with the USO for 3 years and serves as the Triangle Center Operations Manager.  Previously she served 8 years in the military, then spent time working with a mental health organization serving military families and veterans.  She has been a mental health first aid instructor for 3 years.

Rachel Taylor joined the staff of USO North Carolina in October 2017 as a NCServes Community Coordinator, where she connected with and served over 1,000 Active Duty, Veterans and Military Family clients, before being promoted to USO Programming. She is responsible for coordinating, implementing, managing, and evaluating creative, fun and engaging USO programs, events and activities for one or more USO centers and expeditionary sites. . Rachel is married to her very own All American Hero stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. She has three wonderful children that constantly keep her on her toes. Photography is a huge passion for Rachel. Further demonstrating her commitment to serving our military community, Rachel is proud to use her knowledge and skill to donate time and images to military families, especially those facing deployment.

Winston Salem - September 20, 2022 - In Person

WHO IS THIS FOR?

– Carolinas Community Stakeholders (Leaders, Providers, Employee Resource Groups, Veterans, Family Members)

WHERE IS IT?

The Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center

420 High Street SW

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

WHEN IS IT?

September 20th, 2022 – 8AM – 5PM – Attendees will be given an hour lunch break.

While CEUs are not offered for this class, most professional licensing boards accept non-accredited (APA, NASW, etc) training like this for a portion of annual training requirements. Class will be limited to 30 people. Registration will close on September 13th to allow trainers to enroll participants into a portal through which they complete a pre and post survey.

TRAINERS

Trainers: Partners Health

Amber Matthews is one of the System of Care/Community Training Coordinators atPartners Health Management. Amber is a graduate of Appalachian State Universityand obtained her Master’s degree in social work from East Tennessee StateUniversity in 2017. She has spent most of her career in direct care withchildren in foster care and has been training since 2013.  Amber enjoys traveling, spending time withher family/friends and competitively clogged for 25 years.

Stephanie Funderburk is one of the System of Care/Community Training Coordinators atPartners Health Management. Stephanie has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development from MitchellCommunity College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from AshfordUniversity. She has always worked with children, first as a TA in the IredellCounty School System and then as an advocate for Mental Health, Substance Useand Intellectual Delays in systems.  She has also held the position ofSystem of Care Liaison, a position to help connect children with appropriateservices and resources. Stephanie owned and operated her own dance studio inher community for over 20 years and continues to dance and choreograph routinesfor special events.

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