MHASF’s Training Institute offers accessible, person-centered training designed to educate, motivate and inspire on a variety of mental health-related topics.
We deliver engaging, interactive trainings and workshops in a wide variety of formats on an array of mental health topics for people of any profession and level of familiarity. Join us for one of our in-house trainings at our downtown San Francisco office, or have us come to you for anywhere from 90 minutes to multiple days or ongoing series. We can even customize workshops and training packages for your team, department, or organization.
We look forward to working with you and training you, your team, and your organization on evidence-based, peer-informed trainings.
NATIONAL CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALIST (NCPS) APPROVED TRAINING & TESTING SITE
Created and developed by peers, the NCPS credential is an advanced credential that recognizes peers who have extensive experience and a large knowledge base that sets them apart.
Becoming a NCPS demonstrates that an individual is at the top of their field. It requires a higher level of skills, knowledge and experience than any other certification. The goal of the NCPS credential is to support peers in demonstrating their expertise, leading to better wages, more opportunities in public and private behavioral health, and career ladders.
Self-Care and Community Care
Supportive Crisis Response
Self-Care and Community Care are essential to effective community-based work. This training explores self-care strategies for preventing and dealing with compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout. Participants will learn about specific aspects of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout, as well as ways to assess and address them; they will also identify concrete steps to incorporate self-care into their daily routine to better sustain themselves - and each other - in their work.
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.
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.
“Self-care and community care needs more than lip service, and this training provided a much-needed focus on important topics for all of our staff.”
“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 gives a good overview of how to be participant-centered and take a step back to try to understand trauma from the lens of a participant. 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.
Trauma is at the heart of most community-based work, and unless trauma is acknowledged, honored, and addressed, it can easily hold us back. By embracing the power of resilience and growth in the communities we work with, we can promote healing through mutual engagement. Training participants will explore the connection between trauma, mental health, and recovery; understand what trauma is and why its effects have such impact; and learn how to practice healing-centered engagement through group discussion of multiple trauma-informed scenarios.
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is a personalized wellness and recovery system born out of and rooted in the principle of self-determination. WRAP® helps people to 1) decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors; 2) increase personal empowerment; 3) improve quality of life; and 4) achieve their own life goals and dreams.
“[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.”
"This is a vital conversation about unpacking some of the implicit biases in some of the language and lens that service providers have become used to using."