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Mental Health First Response Workshop

Join us with our guest Speaker Sh. Omar Patel

Introduction to mental health first response Mental health first responders play a unique role in the immediate response and care of individuals/families/groups going through crisis situations. Most crises will present themselves in various ways, including but not limited to: psychological trauma, community trauma, grief and loss, and response to emotionally and physically overwhelming situations. While the needs of people experiencing crises may differ, the goal will always be to understand the concerns in the moment, determine level of care needed, and guide towards the next steps for care. This can mean providing a space for empathic listening and open conversation, direction towards needed supports (shelters, hospitals, law enforcement, etc.), or referral for counseling services. In fact, it is evident that most individuals turn to community leaders, indigenous healers, faith leaders and even primary care before turning to mental health care (see diagram below). Therefore, having first responders serve as an avenue to help direct patients to the most appropriate treatment options would go a long way toward breaking down the barriers for psychological care. Objectives

Develop the ability to identify possible psychopathology and have an understanding of the system of referral

  • Expand awareness of mental health referral sources and procedures to collaborate/assist with expert mental health clinicians

  • Orientation to an Islamically oriented model of mental health care

  • Understand active and empathic listening skills towards fostering a productive relationship between chaplain/imam and congregant.

  • Increase awareness of relational processes that influence self and others

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