MHASF’s Training Institute offers accessible, person-centered training designed to educate, motivate and inspire on a variety of mental health-related topics.
Our training reflects MHASF’s belief in the value of personal experience and each individual’s ability to create change in our lives and our communities.
At every training, we cultivate an environment in which participants not only learn but help teach one another through sharing their own wisdom and expertise.
We strive to give each training participant an experience that shifts their perspective on mental health and empowers them to take action.
Here’s what our community partners are saying about us:
Language is one of the most important tools we have for defining the world we live in. By changing the way we talk about something, we can change the way we perceive it. Language Matters takes an integrative, person-centered approach to language, helping each of us to create an environment that promotes recovery and wellness by understanding the language we use and giving us the tools we need to change it for the better.
“This training was amazing! The speakers used their own lived experiences and inquired about issues we were wanting to improve, which made the training incredibly powerful and relevant.”
Supportive Crisis Response
Crisis happens. Any number of events can trigger reactions that are linked with past traumatic experiences, causing people to act in ways that can seem frustrating, or even frightening, to those around them. Supportive Crisis Response teaches effective responses to the crises of community members, staff, or visitors to your organization. Participants will learn compassionate, humane, and effective methods of addressing anger, fear, grief, etc., without the need to involve law enforcement.
“Incredibly helpful and relevant… such an informative session. This training can save lives!”
Navigating boundaries in community-centered work can be challenging, and problems can arise when boundaries are too flexible or not flexible enough. Training participants will learn to identify different types of boundaries and the people who are most affected by them, explore their own process for setting and maintaining boundaries, and practice techniques for setting appropriate boundaries in community relationships.
“[The trainer was] very knowledgeable, facilitates a warm and inclusive environment, and drew out participation on a level I've rarely seen with our team.”
Self-Care and Community Care
Self-Care and Community Care are essential to effective community-based work. Participants will explore self-care strategies for preventing and dealing with compassion fatigue, burnout and vicarious trauma as well as ways to assess and address them. By the end of the training, participants will be able to identify steps to incorporate self-care into their daily routine to sustain themselves – and each other - in their work.
“Self-care and community care need more than lip service, and this training provided a much-needed focus on important topics for all of our staff.”
Clearing Clutter, Changing Lives
We all have a relationship with stuff, and for some of us, too much stuff can negatively affect our quality of life. Clearing Clutter, Changing Lives is designed to help community support professionals see clutter in a new light. Participants will gain useful knowledge about Hoarding Disorder and learn supportive, compassionate, and effective strategies for responding to overwhelming clutter.
“A great introduction into hoarding and clutter behavior: what it is, what it isn't, how to work with those who live with the behaviors, and the importance of compassion throughout all of it.”