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Do you find yourself more worried than usual about our students? Would you like more skills to provide support or assistance to them? Would you like tools to recognize stress, incivility, and other disruptions to learning in your classes and how to mitigate those challenges? Would you like tools to recognize and help you cope with the inevitable stress of teaching during this ongoing pandemic?   If you answered yes, to any, or all these questions, then we are pleased to announce new professional development opportunities for you, Mental Health First Aid Training and Compassion Fatigue Training, that will be offered in the Spring of 2022.  We know your time is limited, and valuable, and have created these professional development opportunities to be accessible with your schedules.

Mental Health First Aid training description:

Adult Mental Health First Aid consists of 6 hours of instructor-led training, in which teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen nonjudgmentally and give reassurance to the individual, student/colleague, who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services at UTSA and/or in the community.  Upon completion of the two-session training, participants will receive a certificate indicating that they are ‘Mental Health First Aiders’.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and goals of Mental Health First Aid and the role of the Mental Health First Aider.
  • Identify the impact of mental health challenges on the well-being of adults in the U.S.
  • Explain that recovery from a mental health challenge is possible.
  • Describe the principles of safety and privacy for both the Mental Health First Aider and the person receiving first aid.
  • Explain the 5 steps of the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE) and be able to apply the appropriate steps.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges that may impact adults.
  • Evaluate the impact of early intervention on mental health challenges.
  • Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of Mental Health First Aid in a crisis or non-crisis situation.

Designed for: 

Full time FTT who are teaching large courses to undergraduates, UGAR in each department, faculty who are committed to undergraduate education, interested in developing the skills necessary to better recognize and support students who may be in distress, or experiencing some level of hardship (personal/professional/financial/emotional/social etc.), student success coordinator of each college, ADTS members, and faculty who are teaching AIS courses.

Enrollment will be limited to 20 participants.

Lunch will be provided.

For more information or to enroll, please contact Levi Rex at Levi.Rex@utsa.edu, the instructor.

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