What is Youth MHFA?
Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
Who Should Attend?
This event is open to any adult who interacts with adolescents on a regular basis, whether that be at home, work, volunteering, church group, etc. and are interested in learning more about how to intervene when a youth is struggling with a mental health related challenge.
NOTE: EACH PARTICIPANT WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A 2-HOUR, SELF-PACED ONLINE COURSE PRIOR TO ATTENDING THE INSTRUCTION ON 5/18. ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED HERE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE SENT ON THE SELF-PACED COURSE.
The training will be offering 6.5 CEUs. Category: Counselor I or II, Preventionist I or II, CARS I or II, CODP I or II, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP I, CRSS I or II, CPRS I or II, MAATP I or II, NCRS II, CFPP II, ATE, CVSS II
Meet the Trainers
Riley Blythe, MSW, Prevention Program Coordinator for the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH), works to develop, implement and evaluate the Association’s prevention, wellness and leadership programs: Operation Snowball (OS) and the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI). She supports OS chapters and CGTI Community Action Teams through trainings, technical assistance, outreach, and fundraising, and work with community members to increase prevention programming throughout Illinois. Prior to joining IABH, Riley worked with individuals in recovery from substance abuse, members of the HIV community, and provided individual and group therapy to at-risk youth in the greater Chicago area. Riley holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Children and Family from Loyola University Chicago.
Natalie Maggiore, first attended Snowball and CGTI in the 2006-2007 school year and has since grown through both programs. She has held a number of positions on the CGTI Leadership Team, including Conference Advisor, Care Team member, Youth Staff Advisor, PALS Advisor and Media Coordinator as well as serving as a workshop presenter. She also served as a member of the Operation Snowball Board of Directors from 2019-2020. Prior to joining IABH, Natalie worked as a Special Education instructor for high school students and a freelance journalist. Natalie holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and continues to pursue expanding mental health education and awareness through that avenue.