MEOA 2023 Pre-Conference

Description: Youth Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen nonjudgmentally and give reassurance to a youth who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services. Mental Health First Aid was created in Australia in 2000 by Betty Kitchener, an educator and mental health consumer, and Professor Tony Jorm, a mental health researcher. In 2008, the National Council, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health brought Mental Health First Aid to the United States.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of Youth Mental Health First Aid and the role of the Youth Mental Health First Aider.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges that may impact youth.
  • Explain the impact of traumatic experiences and the role of resilience on adolescent development.
  • Apply the appropriate steps of the YMHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to non-crisis situations.
  • Apply the appropriate steps of the YMHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to crisis situations.
  • Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of Youth Mental Health First Aid in a crisis or non-crisis situation.

There will be two virtual pre-conference sessions before the in-person preconference session. The in-person session will take place on October 4, 2023 from 2:00 - 7:00 PM at the Seacrest Beach Hotel. More information will be forthcoming from the vendor providing the training. The pre-conference costs $100 participants who are not attending the MEOA conference. The preconference is free for MEOA conference attendees.

Register for MEOA 2023 preconference

Space is limited to the first 25 registrants

You must complete both pre-conference modules and the in-person conference module to receive a certificate of completion.

Note: If you have already registered for the preconference and would like to pay the preconference fee via PayPal, please click here.