Region 3 Behavioral Health Service Offered Trainings:


*There may be cost associated with some trainings


Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - is a public adult education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. MHFA is offered in the form of an interactive 8 hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Mental Health First Aid is designed for audiences who are at least 18 years of age.  

Contact:   Tiffany Gressley -

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Youth Mental Health First Aid - Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.  Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.  The 8 hour 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.

Contact:   Tiffany Gressley -  

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Psychological First Aid (PFA) - is a 6 hour class that certifies adult first responders/peers to respond to the emotional trauma after a disaster or mass casualty event.  Region 3 staff are part of a team of disaster and mass casualty/fatality planning and response across the region.  Region 3 has a pool of staff designated to be deployed to disasters within the State.  

Contact:  Beth Reynolds-Lewis - 

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Trauma 101 and Recovery Training Trauma informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. Staff need education about how trauma affects consumers seeking services, what trauma informed care is, how to create safe environments for persons served, and ways to avoid re-traumatizing practices. The ideal training time frame is three hours but can be tailored for participants needs.  Trauma 101 training is a pre-requisite to attend the Train the Trainers Workshop for Orientation for Trauma Informed Care.  Region 3 Behavioral Health Services maintains a list of trainers available to present this training.

Contact:  Tiffany Gressley -


Training of Trainers Workshop:  Orientation for Trauma Informed Care - Individuals attending this 7 hour Training of Trainers workshop will be prepared to provide a 1 to 3 hour "Orientation to Trauma Informed Care" for staff within their agency/coalition/community.  These trainers will be offered a curriculum designed to offer basic knowledge, skills, and values of trauma informed care to all staff in their behavioral health agencies.  Participants will also review and practice methods of delivering the training information.  Participants are required to have received a Trauma 101 training prior to attending the TOT.  Participants will receive a manual and flash drive.

Contact:  Tiffany Gressley -


Walking the Walk:  Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma - Compassion fatigue has been called "a disorder that affects those who do their work well" (Figley, 1995). Attendees of this four hour workshop for adults will improve their understanding of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout effects, symptom recognition and tools for self care.

Contact:  Beth Reynolds-Lewis, Certified Compassion Fatigue Trainer, 


Creating Calmer Classrooms: Working with Traumatized Students - Trauma informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symtoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives.  Adult school personnel need education about how trauma affects students, what trauma informed care is, how to create a safe environment for all students, and ways to avoid re-traumatizing practices.  Specific classroom tools/strategieswill be discussed to help staff engage students in the learning process and support emotional self-regulation.

Contact:  Tiffany Gressley -


Effective Strategies for Children with Developmental Trauma - We often underestimate the impact of early life experiences on a child’s development.  Trauma can impact children’s ability to learn, social interactions and self-regulation skills. Toxic stress or trauma can involve events such as physical abuse and/or emotional abuse and neglect, divorce, bullying, domestic violence, car accidents and a death in the family.  Emotional trauma occurs when an external threat overwhelms a person’s internal and external positive coping resources (SAMHSA).

Professionals who work with children, parents and foster parents can benefit from education about how trauma affects children in their care and how to create safe environments.   This training will discuss how trauma impacts children, the Adverse Childhood Survey (ACE’s), how to create a safe environment, self-regulation tools and ways to avoid re-traumatizing practices.  Specific tools and resources will be discussed to help professionals and parents  begin the healing process for children.

Contact:  Tiffany Gressley -


Strategies for Restoring  and Empowering Traumatized Youth - Trauma informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. Staff will receive education about how trauma affects youth, how to create a safe environment for youth in our care, and ways to avoid re-traumatizing practices. Specific tool and strategies will be discussed to help staff engage youth and support emotional self-regulation. Trauma specific interventions and recovery resources will be shared.

Attendees will improve their understanding of:

  • How youth are affected by trauma
  • Strategies to support positive coping and emotional self-regulation for youth and staff
  • Knowledge of recovery and trauma specific treatment interventions and resources

Contact:  Tiffany Gressley -


Behavioral Health Threat Assessment (BETA) Training for Law Enforcement - BETA is a three day law enforcement training regarding risk/threat assessment and mental health/addiction issues facing law enforcement officers bringing together national and local recognized trainers to instruct the class.

Contact:  Beth Reynolds-Lewis -


QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention - QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer - 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.  People training in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.  QPR is a two hour training that is listed in the National Registry for Evidence based Practices and Policies.

Contacts:  Jill Schubauer -  Jessica Schlegelmilch - 

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Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals (AMSR) - In this one day workshop participants of any field will increase their knowledge of eight core competencies for effectively assessing suicide risk, planning treatment, and managing the ongoing care of the at-risk patient, experience a shift in perspective in working with individuals at risk for suicide, build fundamental skills in assessing suicide risk and identify specific changes to make in your practice regarding the assessment and management of individuals at risk for suicide.

Contact:  Jill Schubauer to arrange the training provided by certified clinician - 

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Systems of Care/Wraparound Training - The systems of care model is an organizational philosophy and framework that involves collaboration across agencies, families, and youths for the purpose of improving access and expanding the array of coordinated community based, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports for children and youth with a serious emotional disturbance and their families.

The wraparound process is an intensive, individualized care management process for youths with serious complex needs.

Contact:  Jill Schubauer - 

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Drug-Free Workplace Training - Is a two hour training that educates individuals about drugs in the workplace. This training is offered two times per year in Kearney, Grand Island and/or Hastings.

Contact:  Tiffany Gressley - 


Developmental Assets - The 40 developmental assets represent everyday wisdom about positive experiences and characteristics for young people.  The Search Institute research has found that these assets are powerful influences on adolescent behavior --both protecting young people from many different problem behaviors and promoting positive attitudes and behaviors.  This workshop will introduce the participants to the Search Institute's 40 developmental assets and what we can do to help all youth succeed and thrive.

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