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Past Training Events

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Baldwin County Public Schools
In late March and early April 2015, the Gulf Coast Behavioral Health and Resiliency Center organized a training series for the Baldwin County Public Schools in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). Over 120 teachers, coaches, counselors, social workers and school administrators were certified as Youth Mental Health First Aiders. The YMHFA 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.

Generational Resilience: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies
October 29-30, 2014

The Generational Resilience Conference 2014: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies was held October 29th -30th, 2014 at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Alabama. The Conference focused on the confluence of mental and physical health on the overall resilience of the geriatric population. The Gulf Coast Behavioral Health and Resiliency Center, the University of South Alabama’s Center for Generational Studies, as well as, the University of West Florida’s Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project and the Center on Aging organized the conference which was primarily funded by the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program.

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA – August 05, 2014
This training event was an 8 hour public education program which introduced the faculty members of Murphy High School, Mobile to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, built an understanding of the importance of early intervention, and provided training in how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

Mental & Behavioral Health Billing Training – April 24, 2014
This training event was designed to address the logistics necessary for the systematization of behavioral health integration within a federally qualified health center in the State of Alabama. Session content was based on input from focus groups and covered legal and regulatory issues, work flow obstacles, and utilization of EHR modules and features.
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Motivational Interviewing Seminar – April 26, 2013
The GCBHRC offered two introductory seminars on Motivational Interviewing in Primary Care settings at the Mobile County Health Department. Motivational Interviewing is a technique for engaging a client in a collaborative conversation designed to strengthen their motivation and commitment to change.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - May 9-10, 2013
The GCBHRC sponsored a Mental Health First Aid course, taught by nationally certified MHFA instructors from AltaPointe Health Systems, for educators, caseworkers and police officers.

Mobile County Public School Health & Social Services In-service
August 14, 2013

The GCBHRC organized an entire day in-service for all MCPSS nurses, counselors and social workers promoting evidence based practices. Topics included:

Generational Resilience: A Focus on Disaster Planning
October 25-26, 2013

In collaboration with the UWF Center on Aging, the USA Center for Generational Studies and the Florida MBHCP, GCBHRC sponsored a conference entitled Generational Resilience: A Focus on Disaster Planning for both lay people and professionals. This was the first year for what we hope will become an annual conference targeting senior citizens. This is a significant segment of the population, particularly since the coastal counties of Alabama and Florida draw a large number of retirees, who are vulnerable in disaster situations. Next year’s conference - tentatively titled Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies - will highlight the interrelation of mental and physical health.