Seneca Health Services is pleased to announce we have a

CERTIFIED YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID INSTRUCTOR

Angie Hypes, Regional Crisis and Case Management Coordinator for Seneca Health Services, has recently become a Fully Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Angie completed an intensive, week long training in Charleston provided by National Trainers and gained expert level knowledge on the topic of mental illnesses in youth, ways to address these issues, and now can instruct others on how to assist youth in your community.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is the help offered to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge, mental disorder or a mental health crisis.  The first aid is given until appropriate help is received or until the crisis resolves.

As a Certified Instructor, Angie, will ensure Seneca continues to provide the highest quality services to the youth in our communities. She is also available to consult and teach participants how to recognize the symptoms of mental health problems; how to offer and provide initial help; and how to guide the individual to professional help, if appropriate.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid course can be beneficial for anyone who comes in contact with youth on a regular basis.  Are you a parent, guardian or grandparent? Clergy? Friend or Neighbor? Peer or Professional?  This course will allow you to learn ways you can help those in need and potentially have a large impact and make a difference in their lives.

If you are interested in receiving this 8-hour course, please contact Angie Hypes at 304-872-2090 ext. 125 or ahypes@shsinc.org.

The RAPP project is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is a category III network member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The primary goal of the RAPP project is to bring evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment to the children of Southern West Virginia. RAPP is a collaboration between FMRS Health Systems, Inc.; Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center; and Seneca Health Services, Inc.  Therapists across the three comprehensive agencies are trained in evidence-based treatment models to better serve our region. RAPP is working to change how all child serving agencies approach children and families by facilitating trauma informed care training throughout the region.

For more information about RAPP or to schedule a Trauma Informed Care training please contact the RAPP Project Coordinator, Leah Kidd at 304-256-7100; lkidd@fmrs.org

PCIT is a type of family therapy used to help improve family relations. It is an evidenced-based treatment model with highly specified, step-by-step, live-coached sessions with both the parent/caregiver and the child. It is targeted towards families with children ages 3-7, but can be modified for children as old as 10.  The goals of treatment are improvement in the quality of the parent-child relationship, a decrease in child disruptive behavior problems with an increase in prosocial behaviors, an increase in parenting skills including positive discipline, and a decrease in parenting stress.

TF-CBT is a type of therapy used to help children and adolescents who have suffered a traumatic life experience. It is an evidence-based treatment model targeted to treat children and adolescents ages 3-21. TF-CBT has the strongest research evidence of any treatment model for traumatized children. (NCTSN 2014) Key components of TF-CBT include use of gradual exposure, education about child trauma and trauma reminders, parent skills education, relaxation skills for youth and parent, affective modulation and cognitive coping skills, trauma narrative processing and enhancement of safety skills. A traumatic grief component is also offered. Goals of treatment include a decrease in child behavior problems related to post traumatic stress such as depression, anxiety and anger, while increasing the youth and family’s ability to cope with stress.



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