Youth Mental Health First Aid- 8 hours

Mar 15, 2019




CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid for Youth is an 8-hour course which helps you assist a young person (age 12-18) experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Audience Takeaways:

When you take a course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing: Panic attacks Suicidal thoughts or behaviors Nonsuicidal self-injury Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions) Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use Reaction to a traumatic event The course also includes a MHFA Training Manual, 3 year certificate of completion and local and national resources.


Alli Abruzzese works as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the Napa Valley Unified School District. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology, a master’s degree in social work, and a PPS in school social work. This is her fourth year with the NVUSD Wellness Program, where she was hired to help build Wellness Teams and run Wellness Centers at her school sites. She provides crisis response, direct service, and case management to students, and helps advocate for families to be connected to additional resources in the community. She coordinates with community-based organizations to provide mental health and prevention services on campus to students in order to reduce barriers to access. Alli has implemented multiple gating systems to better address student needs and has helped build the MTSS (multi-tiered systems of support) model at her sites to provide Tier 1, 2 and 3 services to students.

Roxana Plancarte is a Bilingual and Bi-cultural School Social Worker for the Wellness Program Initiative in Napa Valley Unified School District. Roxana has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and Master in Social Work degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has experience as a Mental Health Therapist working with youth and adults in Trauma-Informed Community Based Organizations. As a Mental Health Therapist, Roxana is trained in EMDR, Crisis Oriented Recovery Services, Seeking Safety, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. As a School Social Worker, Roxana has helped build a High School and Elementary School Wellness Team and coordinates both Wellness Centers. Following an MTSS/PBIS framework, Roxana coordinates services for students, provides crisis intervention and case management services, and works collaboratively with community-based organizations to increase school-based services that support student wellness.

  • Kristin Nelson, MSW, MPH, PPSC

    School Social Worker

    Napa Valley Unified School District


    BIO: Kristin Nelson is a School Social Worker for the Wellness Program Initiative at Napa Valley Unified School District. Kristin holds a Master in Social Welfare and Master in Public Health degree from UC Berkeley. Using an MTSS/PBIS framework, Kristin has over 10 years of experience providing and coordinating school-based mental health and behavioral supports

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