We will be offering many educational opportunities for family members in the coming year. Examples may include workshops on recovery and resiliency, boundaries and self-care, suicide prevention, SAMHSA’s version of WRAP, mental health parity, and consumer rights and responsibilities.
The Benefits of Family Peer Support: Let’s Examine the Evidence
1.5 hr Webinar hosted by SAMHSA
March 21, 2018
12–1:30pm Mountain Time
SAMHSA invites you to join a TA Coalition webinar with the National Federation of Families for Childrenʹs Mental Health about the importance of family peer support, including insights on how this practice has emerged over the years from a grassroots volunteer service to an effective and valuable service for parents within any child-serving system. The presenters will define family peer support, provide evidence of the benefit of these services, and demonstrate a variety of roles that family peers play in their roles with family and in the community.
Learn more and register here.
Telling It Like It Is: How Stigma Really Affects People with Mental Illness – Prejudice, Discrimination and Self-Stigma, presented by Natasha Tracy
1 hr Webinar hosted by Empower Idaho
April 17, 2018
12-1pm Mountain Time
This webinar will look at the ways in which stigma reveals itself in the lives of those with mental illness. While “stigma” as a word, is vague, its implications are not. Learn about how “stigma” is personified in life by prejudice and discrimination. Also learn how self-stigma affects those with mental illness and how to overcome it. This webinar is about open communication and expressing the challenges real people face. Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer, speaker and consultant. She has written the acclaimed book, Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression and Bipolar and continues to write her own work on Bipolar Burble, her own blog, Breaking Bipolar on HealthyPlace and elsewhere. Also, she was the proud recipient of the Beatrice Stern Media Award from Didi Hirsch in 2014. She works to bring quality, insightful and trusted information on bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses to the public. Natasha is considered a subject matter expert in bipolar disorder and her thoughts on it have been sought by the media and academics. Find Natasha’s book, Lost Marbles, on Amazon and find her work on Bipolar Burble, on Twitter, on Facebook, and on Google+.
For a flyer click here.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training(ASIST)
March 15-16 & April 7-8, 2018
8:30am-4:30pm Mountain Time
The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is hosting a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST(Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) teaches participants to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—ASIST can be learned and used by anyone. The cost is $60 for nonprofit and community partners (for materials) and $295 for private individuals. For more information contact Sharon Lighting at 208-813-3070 or at email@example.com
Click here to learn more about ASIST.
Family Support Partner Training
A Family Support Partner is an individual who has lived experience with raising a child with a mental health or co-occurring diagnosis. Family Support Partners work with families to help instill hope and build resiliency. They work with families to identify goals and to overcome barriers in completing there goals. Family Support help families to engage in services and support in connecting with natural and professional supports.
For more information and to apply visit Idaho Family Support Training.
NAMI Family to Family Classes
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 11-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.
Boise, Blackfoot, and Idaho Falls classes start the week of March 6 and end the week of May 22 (11 sessions).
Click here to learn more about Boise classes.
Click here to learn more about Blackfoot and Idaho Falls classes.
Parenting Classes offered through the Nurturing Families Program are available weekly on Tuesdays at two locations:
3pm @ Peer Wellness Center (963 S Orchard St, Boise, ID 83705)
6pm @ The Riverside Office Location (7711 W Riverside Drive, Garden City, Idaho 83714)
Diabetes and Mental Health, presented by Amy Walters, PhD
1 hr Webinar hosted by Empower Idaho
Social, emotional, and behavioral factors significantly impact diabetes management. In this webinar Dr. Walters will discuss how psychosocial factors can help or hinder diabetes management and teach participants healthy ways to cope effectively with their diabetes. Amy Walters, PhD is a clinical health psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Health Services for St. Luke’s Humphreys Diabetes Center in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Walters works with patients to address emotional and behavioral factors which negatively impact health and chronic disease management.
Register and view archived webinar here.
Making Self-Care a Priority, presented by Sarah Harris, LCSW
1 hr Webinar hosted by Empower Idaho.
Living a self-directed life is an integral part of our mental health, but it can be difficult when we aren’t properly taking care of ourselves. The goal of this webinar is to provide education on effective self-care to help manage our emotions and relationships. Sarah Harris has a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and works as a licensed professional counselor for Boise Girls Academy.
Register and view archived recording here.
Do you have a specific presenter or workshop in mind? We’d be happy to do the leg work to bring behavioral health education and awareness to your community! Depending on the activity and required resources, we can help coordinate behavioral health trainings, workshops, and webinars for your audience. We welcome ideas and partnerships to bring opportunities to your area! Feel free to email us about activities you may be offering or are interested in!