Training and Development

GRHOP funds were awarded to provide mental and behavioral health treatment and longer –term supportive services to improve the overall well-being of individuals, families and communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon incident in Alabama, while increasing capacity via training and education to existing professionals, developing professionals, community members, and first responders.  A primary objective of the GCBHRC is to establish sustainable mental health awareness/literacy programs for the community and evidence-based professional development programs for training existing and developing Mental and Behavioral Health Providers.  


▼   Clinical Training
Here at the GCBHRC we provide and coordinate training for our behavioral health clinical staff. We have implemented an ongoing training process that focuses on enhancing the particular therapeutic skills which are needed to deliver brief, empirically supported behavioral health interventions in a fast-paced environment. The building block of the training program is Motivational Interviewing (MI, Miller & Rollnick, 2012) which is an evidence-based counseling style that is specifically designed to recognize and resolve ambivalence about behavioral change and particularly well-suited for the primary care setting. Additional therapeutic skills mainly under the cognitive-behavioral therapy umbrella are then layered on top of these MI skills and comprise the clinician’s “toolbox.” Our clinical staff takes a strength-based approach toward behavioral change and emphasizes teaching the patient skills to navigate challenging life situations in service of personal values.
▼   Community Training

Annual Generational Resilience Conference- GCBHRC, in conjunction with the University of South Alabama Center for Generational Studies, the University of West Florida Mental & Behavioral Health Capacity Project- FL, and the University of West Florida Center on Aging has hosted the Annual Generational Resilience Conference since 2013. This conference is designed to present to professionals and individuals within the Gulf Coast community about various topics that seniors may face as they become older. Past conferences have covered topics such as "Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies" and "Survive and Thrive."

Adult Mental Health First Aid- The adult Mental Health First Aid course (also designed by Mental Health First Aid USA) is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

Adult Mental Health First Aid: Law Enforcement, Corrections, & Public Safety- This version of the adult Mental Health First Aid course (also designed by Mental Health First Aid USA) is appropriate for Law Enforcement, Corrections, & Public Safety individuals over the age of 18 years who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. The curriculum for this course focuses on “the unique experiences and needs of law enforcement…” This is the normal 8-hour MHFA certification class with videos and scenarios found more-commonly in the line of law enforcement duty.

Crisis Intervention Team Training- On November 16-20, 2014, 24 law enforcement professionals from both Mobile and Baldwin counties were trained in Crisis Intervention. Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) strive for law enforcement personnel to assess the mental health status of people who are a part of a situation necessitating a call to the police or 911. This week-long training informed law enforcement officers on multiple mental health diagnoses and potential strategies for helping someone with this type of diagnosis to get the help they need as opposed to going to jail. Because individuals experiencing mental illness often have more contact with the criminal justice system than the general population, training officers to respond effectively increases the likelihood that the interaction will be positive and result in the individual consumer receiving appropriate mental health services.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)- QPR is a suicide prevention training program that stands for ‘Question, Persuade and Refer’. QPR was written by Dr. Paul Quinnett, PhD, a clinical psychologist and trainer with over 35 years experience. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.

QPR Training includes:
• Myths and facts about suicide
• Some warning signs of suicide
• How to apply QPR
• How to offer hope and support

Youth Mental Health First Aid- Youth Mental Health First Aid is a course designed by Mental Health First Aid USA to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The 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 ADHD), and eating disorders.

Please see our Training Opportunities Page for current trainings.