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Community Education and Training

SCMH is committed to providing mental and behavioral health education and support to our Butler County communities.  School personnel, health care providers, law enforcement, social service organizations, businesses and other community organizations are encouraged to contact us for any need.    Phone:  558-3158, ext 311 to speak with our Clinical Coordinator, Iris Pauly.  

Some of our offerings:

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)- ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. A 2013 study found that callers to a hotline who spoke with ASIST-trained counselors were 74% less likely to be suicidal after the call, compared to callers who spoke with counselors trained in methods other than ASIST.  Although widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—Recommended for school counselors; teachers; and first responders. 

Mental Health First Aid- Just as CPR and first aid are intended to help an injured person before proper medical treatment can be provided, Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach the public key skills to help someone developing a mental health problem or crisis. The courses are designed for intervening with either adults or youth to help participants learn how to recognize mental disorders; better understand mental health treatments; be more confident in providing help to others; and to be more comfortable around people with mental disorders.  For more information or to schedule a class, contact Carrie Latimer- carrielatimer@scmhcc.org  316-321-6088 ext.109 or Michael McAllister- michaelmcallister@scmhcc.org 316-321-6088, Ext. 113.  

Parenting Classes- SCMH offers several different parenting curriculums based upon needs.  If after reading the descriptions provided, you are unsure of which parenting class is appropriate for your needs, please contact Susan Kiser at susankiser@scmhcc.org or 316-775-5491, ext. 215.    

The Incredible Years®-  These classes focus on teaching parents the importance of the child-care giver emotional bond.  This evidenced based parenting series generally lasts 14 to 20 weeks, depending upon the parents self reported learning needs.   

Love and Logic®- These parenting classes focus on helping children develop personal responsibility, self-control, and good decision making skills.  Parents learn to build on their parenting skills through the use of specific techniques in 5 to 6 sessions. Certificates Available. 

Conscious Discipline®- These parenting classes define discipline not as something you do to children but something you develop within them.  Helps develop skills that break the cycle of "do as I say, not as I do", and to discipline children without permissiveness, aggression, or guilt.

Other Educational Offerings include but are not limited to: Suicide Awareness and Prevention; Divorce Issues; Self Harming behavior; Depression; Trauma, Grief, Psychological Care for the Elderly; Parenting Support Groups and Mood Regulation.