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July crisis workshop for school personnel sign up open

Registrion is open for the July crisis workshop for school personnel.
Registrion is open for the July crisis workshop for school personnel.
Crisis workshop for school personnel July 15-19 in Streetsboro...A week-long summer workshop for school personnel will focus on how to support and work with students in crisis and who may also have mental health problems. Registration is now open for the Mental Health Awareness and Crisis Management workshop set for July 15-19. It is sponsored by the Portage County Crisis Intervention Team Education Collaboration and the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County. The class will be conducted at the Streetsboro Police Department, 2080 State Route 303, Streetsboro. The 40-hour program is designed for school personnel including teachers,administrators, guidance counselors, psychologists, bus drivers and other school employees. The goal is to increase awareness of mental health problems and learn how to prevent and manage crisis situations. The curriculum also includes the topic of cyber bullying, its effects on students and ways to reduce it. The cost of the training is $100 for the week. Registration deadline is July 8. Brochures are available by calling 330-673-1756, ext. 201, or email laurab@mental-health-recovery.org. Workshop participants can receive two graduate credit hours through Hiram College, Kent State University and Ashland College. The schools handle the charge for the graduate credits. CITEC is based on the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for police officers. Both CIT and CITEC emphasize the understanding of mental health problems, the need for community collaboration to help people with these problems and specific techniques to manage individuals who are experiencing behavioral and emotional crises. The CITEC curriculum offers information about mental health disorders, sexual abuse, PTSD, depression and suicide, developmental disorders including autism, domestic violence, school safely plans and substance abuse. In addition, training focuses on community resources and de-escalation techniques and role plays to practice skills. Organized and funded by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, the program is a cooperative effort by a group of dedicated individuals led by Waterloo teacher Carrie Suvada.

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