MHT01 – Mental Health Awareness training

This workshop is always constructed carefully and delivered in a professional and stimulating style. We are aware that mental health awareness is concept that can be interpreted in different ways. For that reason we can provide a general course that addresses all areas of general psychiatry allowing for delegates to explore specific areas that arise during the day. Alternatively, we can design the course to meet your exact specification prior to the event.

Generally, this workshop addresses the following presentations (bespoke workshops are always available):

  • Recognising diagnosis and signposting / supporting individuals with:-
  • Mood Disorders – Major Depression & Bipolar Disorder,
  • Schizophrenia and Psychosis;
  • Anxiety Disorders – Including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia, Specific Phobias, PTSD, Social Phobias;
  • Eating Disorders;
  • Personality Disorder with a key focus on Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder / Borderline Personality Disorder;
  • Self Injurious Behaviour and suicidality;
  • braiinDementias;
  • Substance Misuse;
  • Pharmaceuticals and psychological interventions;
  • Differential Diagnosis, Comorbidity & the NICE Guidelines.

One day or longer workshops available. 15 participants per event

Mental Health Awareness in the workplace training – Recognise, Respond, Refer. Supporting public-facing staff to better-recognise the signs and symptoms of mental disorder, to improve interactional skills, to increase confidence, manage risks and signpost concerns.

Mental illness (psychiatric disorder) is a complex area of study and can be a challenging topic. Yet psychiatric disorder is prevalent in society and most individuals or their families have some experience of mental health problems, either directly or through friendships.

Individuals working in local government, housing, social work / social care, charity settings or other vocational work will commonly meet and support individuals with psychiatric disorder whether they realise it or not. Signs and symptoms of psychiatric disorder may manifest in unusual thought patterns, emotional vulnerabilities and / or behaviours that may challenge staffs’ personal resources. This training supports staff to better-understand the world of psychiatric illness, recognise and contextualise patterns of behaviour and to fine-tune skills to improve outcomes for all. This training does not stigmatise or use any inappropriate language. This is a welcoming and articulate training course that embraces life’s experiences and our common vulnerabilities.

There is a difference between psychological problems / vulnerabilities and diagnosable mental health / psychiatric disorder. Some of the challenging behaviours that commonly present in local government settings would not be recognised as symptoms of mental illness in primary or secondary care. Consequently, this workshop will clarify the differences between psychiatric illness and irrational and challenging behaviours which allows staff to manage challenging behaviours with increased insight and appropriate interventions.

Stigmatising language will be avoided in all cases. This mental health training is designed to improve knowledge, improve confidence (and reduce anxiety), improve interactional skills, understand the importance of escalating concerns and assessing risks where appropriate.

This is an interactive and flexible workshop which is dedicated to typical local government setting and work. It is designed to support individuals working in customer-facing / public-facing roles which includes (but not limited to):

  • Social Work / Social Care;
  • Customer Services;
  • Welfare & Revenues & Benefits;
  • Environmental Health, Enforcement Activities & Public Protection;
  • Emergency Planning;
  • Housing – (Supported, Sheltered, Maintenance Work, Housing Officers & Wardens)
  • Culture & Tourism;
  • Leisure Centre Work;
  • Museums & Galleries;
  • Lone Working Roles;
  • Charities

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this training, delegates will have:

  • An improved understanding of mental disorder and psychiatric illness with a key focus on:- Major Depression, Bipolar Disorders; Anxiety-related Disorders including OCD, Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia; Chronic Psychosis & Schizophrenia; Personality Disorders & Dementia-related Syndromes;
  • A clearer understanding of the experience of mental disorder from the perspective or service users;
  • An improved ability interact appropriately – including validation skills, appropriate non-verbal behaviours and signposting skills;
  • Risk management skills (where appropriate) – This includes managing the risks to both service user and staff where appropriate;
  • A 50-page industry-standard diagnostic workbook and access to further learning materials and peer-reviewed articles;
  • Access to free post-training support.

Training facilitator:

This training is delivered by psychology / Psychiatry qualified consultants that specialise in psychiatric illness, personality disorder and stress-related illness. We provide a wide range of training including cognitive behavioural therapy and work with the NHS, social care organisations and social housing providers every day of the week.

Our consultant’s training social / clinical psychology and psychiatric medicine results in wide-ranging multi-disciplinary knowledge and set of skills which are particularly useful to organisations in the private sector that may have limited access to support for psychopathology.

MHT is happy to provide post-training support free-of-charge for any individual or organisations that have received our training and consultancy.

The workshop typically starts at 9.15am for 9.30 and finishes at 4.15pm

You can download a course overview here:  mental-health-in-the-social-housing-workplace

We offer a dedicated training course for organisations working in the social housing sector. An overview of this training can be downloaded here: Mental Disorder in Social Housing Settings

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