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WAFCA-CE Change Starts with You(th): Supporting Teen and Adolescent Mental Health
Chula Vista Resort
1000 Chula Vista Pkwy
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
Thursday, July 18, 2024, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST
Category: WAFCA CE Training

Registration for this event begins in April.

Change Starts with You(th): Supporting Teen and Adolescent Mental Health
Presented by Mary Kate Rowland of NAMI-Wisconsin

Details: July 18, 2024 (9:00am - 4:00pm, including a one-hour lunch break)
*lunch is not provided
**Up to 6 CE credits will be issued to those attending this LIVE, IN-PERSON event. See below for details.

Workshop Description: In the most recent data on Wisconsin high school students, 22% reported self-harm, 25% of females seriously considered attempting suicide, 34% felt sad or hopeless nearly every day, and 52% reported anxiety. These statistics illustrate the importance of focusing on teen and adolescent mental health. You will leave this workshop with valuable and tangible resources to support the teens and adolescents in your life. Participants will learn about NAMI and the free resources available to them. We will cover an overview of mental illness, discussing what mental illness is, the difference between mental health and mental illness, the impact stigma has on teens, and review common mental illness and the age of onset. Along with this, participants will also have the opportunity to participate in an auditory hallucination simulation and understand first hand what auditory hallucinations feel like. Participants will also learn active listening and de-escalation strategies with a chance to practice these skills. This workshop will be engaging, educational, and will provide all participants with a better understanding of how they can support the teens and adolescents in their lives. 

Presenter Information: Mary Kate Rowland is the Youth Program Coordinator at NAMI Wisconsin and is involved in coordinating and supporting NAMI Wisconsin Affiliates in all youth programming, including Let’s Talk about Mental Illness, Mental Health Chat, NAMI Ending the Silence, Raise Your Voice, and NAMI OnCampus.  Prior to being the Youth Program Coordinator, Mary Kate earned her B.A.Ed. in Special Education at the University of Mississippi and taught special education for 5 years. She taught at both the middle and high school level and has extensive experience working with young people. Her passion lies in ensuring young people have access to the supports they need to be happy, healthy, and successful individuals.  

In-person Event Attendance: Registrants experiencing any cold, flu, or COVID-like symptoms should not attend the event. Refunds will be made available to those who cancel at least 1 week prior OR for reasons of illness (with notification provided to WAFCA). Registrants are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated for their own safety.

About our Offerings: WAFCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6778. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WAFCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Visit the WAFCA-CE registration page for more information on fees and policies. 

Contact: [email protected]