Available Community Training with Local Trainers

Nearly all of the training opportunities listed below are available to community groups at little to no cost. Typically the only cost is the purchase of required training materials, copies, resources, etc. Please direct specific questions regarding cost or training content to the contacts listed for each training.

Adult Mental Health First Aid

Target Audience: Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The course was developed for a general adult audience and is appropriate for both paraprofessionals and laypersons wishing to have an introduction to mental health and substance use concerns.
Description: Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
Length of training: 8 hours
Contact: Rebecca Fairman at director@connectionsmw.org or (920) 437-8256 ext. 117

QPR Training for Suicide Prevention

Target audience:  Everyone, including workplaces, social groups, and neighborhoods.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer: 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
Length of training: 
1.5 hours
Emma Kane at emma.kane@co.brown.wi.us

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Training

Target audience: School district staff, including teachers and social workers who work primarily with children 11-18 years of age (middle and high school).
This training prepares a school, school district, and/or youth service provider to educate their students using the SOS Program and engage trusted adults in their efforts. It walks participants through the program materials and planning process to make sure schools are ready to implement an evidence-based suicide prevention program with fidelity.

Topics include:

Facilitating a discussion with students about depression and suicide
– Universal depression screening for students
– Preparing to follow up with students in need
– Coordinating with school administration and community organizations

Length of training:  4 hours
 Emma Kane at emma.kane@co.brown.wi.us 

Trauma-Informed Care Training

Target audience:  Service professionals, including those in education, law enforcement, government, health and human services, faith organizations, and businesses.
Description:  To train and educate the principles of trauma-informed care and the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma on both children and adults.
Length of training:  8 hours
Contact:  Shromona Bose-Bigelow at Shromona@browncountyunitedway.org  or (920) 593-4769.

Trauma-Informed Parenting Training

Target audience:  Biological, foster, and adoptive parents.
Description:  To train and educate about childhood trauma and how to recognize and respond to trauma triggers to maximize child safety, stability, and well-being. This training helps ensure that caregivers utilize the same language and view child behaviors through a trauma lens to more effectively meet the needs of the child.
Length of training: 1.5 hours per weekly session for 8 weeks 
Contact:  Shromona Bose-Bigelow at Shromona@browncountyunitedway.org or (920) 593-4769.

Wisconsin Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Interface Training

Target audience: Everyone.
To educate about the 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), their long-term consequences for children and adults, the effects on the community, and how they can be addressed and lead to healing.
Length of training: 
Ranges from 20 minute trainings to an 8 hour training
Chris McNeill-Bivins at medicoping@gmail.com or (920) 737-3310.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Target audience: Adults who interact with youth ages 12-18, such as teachers and school staff, coaches, juvenile probation officers, youth program staff, clergy, parents, and health and human service providers.
Description: The Youth Mental Health First Aid course provides adults with key skills and training to be able to help youth who may be developing a mental health issue or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Length of training:  8 hours
Contact:  Teresa Wargo at mebewar@netnet.net or (920) 680-6630.

Other Trainings Held in our Community:

Trauma Sensitive Schools Training

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Target audience:  School district educators and student services staff.
Description: Trauma changes people. Just as a physical assault on the body can cause bodily impairment, psychological trauma can result in a mental injury that impacts things such as a child’s ability to regulate emotions, attend to classroom activities, and/or achieve normal developmental milestones. However, this does not mean traumatized children and adolescents cannot grow up to be healthy and happy adults, despite the often substantial obstacles they face.
There are ways to make our schools more sensitive to children’s needs. The school and the classroom can become a “sanctuary” for these children, a place to experience academic success and social acceptance. Through these changes, schools can support all children in the development of healthy coping strategies and resilience in facing future struggles. Trauma Sensitive Schools Training is dedicated to educating and supporting educators who are learning about the impact of trauma and its prevalence, and are working to implement the practices in their classrooms, school, or district.
Length of training: Length of training varies based on the type of training chosen
Contact: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Trauma Sensitive Education website for additional information:  https://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/mental-health/trauma/contacts

Local On-line Resource
(Class registration fees may be required.)

Behavioral Health Training Partnership (BHTP) at UWGB

Target audience:  County agency representatives, social workers, and human service workers.
Description:  A variety of learning opportunities are available through web-based curriculum, classroom training, and site-based consultation and training on best practices in crisis intervention and other behavioral health services. Trainings are offered yearly.
Contact:  Behavioral Health Training Partnership website: http://www.uwgb.edu/behavioral-health-training-partnership/