COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

The WellLife Network provides training/workshop opportunities to support the development of community connection, inter-agency and internal collaboration, basic and advanced assessment and intervention skills. These workshops are custom designed for community stakeholders, clinical/non-clinical staff, educators, families, students, and other concerned citizens. WellLIfe Network is an approved CEU provider and committed to the continuing education and professional growth of individuals in a wide array of health, education and human services.

Improving Community Awareness

Courses that Make a Difference

Our course offerings focus on key issues facing our communities. Examples include:

Suicide Prevention/Community Awareness

The WellLife Network offers two Suicide Prevention training programs to agencies, universities and other professional organizations. Safe Talk, an internationally recognized suicide-alertness seminar, prepares participants over the age of 15 to become suicide alert. Through our Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), anyone over the age of 16 is trained to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

This training is designed for clinicians, counselors and all other professionals interested in learning a comprehensive assessment model for suicide risk. The training course explores the basic components of a comprehensive risk assessment; identifies the seven categories of risk factors in suicide risk assessment; distinguishes among warning signs, proximal and distal risk factors; identifies the different definitions of suicidal behavior; learning to use protective and risk factors to assign risk level for clinical judgment and individualized profile development and match levels of suicide risk with levels of intervention.

This training is sponsored by Office of Mental Health Suicide Prevention Office (SPO) which is seeking to make New York a model Zero Suicide state and a national model for integrating suicide prevention into behavioral health and health care. Zero Suicide is both a philosophy and practical approach to suicide prevention that begins with organizations committing to reducing the number of suicides through delivery of suicide safer care.

Mental Health First Aid  

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect persons to professional, peer and social supports as well as self-help resources.

Mental Health First Aid allows for early detection and intervention by teaching participants about the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and addictions. The program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like “What can I do?” and “Where can someone find help?” Participants are introduced to local mental health resources, national organizations, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support.

Wellnet Network partners with the Mental Health First Aid USA to bring this course to the community.

Effective Parenting

Parenting today can be challenging, frustrating and very often rewarding.  Whether your children are preschoolers or teenagers, the WellLife Network Parenting Education Program provides opportunities to learn and promote, the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children at varying stages of life.

Our parenting course will help you to learn about building more dynamic family relationships.

This course is designed to help you become a positive and nurturing parent. You will learn stress reduction and problem-solving skills along with positive discipline techniques that build healthy family relationships. Sessions will include discussions on communications, self-esteem, substance abuse, domestic violence and child development. It will also help you to improve communication, reduce conflict, develop cooperation and learn ways to positively discipline school-age children. The challenges of bullying, texting and peer pressure are also discussed to help parents understand the motivations and issues that teens face today.

This course will assist parents in developing the skills to provide positive, effective discipline to raise healthy and more confident children.

Adolescents At-Risk 

Our At-Risk Youth course is offered to families, schools, professional organizations and communities. This course is designed to target the factors that put today's youth at-risk for crime, violence and substance abuse.

As an educator, parent or guardian or friend, you will learn to identify the first signs of destructive behaviors, navigate through the challenges of the teen years, gain a better understanding of the skills needed by teens to ease the transition to adulthood – and help teens to explore more about themselves.

To Schedule Workshops/Courses

For a free consultation or to develop customized workshops/courses for you or your organization, call:

Call Max Banilivy, Ph.D. at 631.920.8039 max.banilivy@WellLifeNetwork.org

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