After working with children and youth for many years, Johnny identified that there is a growing need to provide more mental health training to those who work or volunteer with kids or teens in the community. This includes people like youth leaders, day program volunteers, camp leaders, coaches, teachers, ministry leaders, parents, and more. Not many are properly equipped to know what to do when a child or youth shares with them that he or she is struggling with depression, cutting, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, or other mental health problems. This is of serious concern because these people are also often the first ones that kids or teens would feel safe enough to share with them about their struggles.
In light of this need, Johnny has made it a central part of Youthwise’s mission to train and equip communities so that they can better help children and youth who are experiencing mental health challenges. We aim to achieve this by making ourselves an extremely accessible community resource specializing in child and youth mental health and to provide training that is specially tailored to meet your community’s specific needs.
Following are some examples of training we provide, but not limited to:
Depression in children and/or teens
Anxiety in children and/or teens
Mental health crisis response
How to talk so your parents would listen
Healthy dating & relationships
Dealing with stress & anxiety
Dealing with depression
Dealing with self-harm
Finding mental wellness
Help! I’m addicted to…
Struggles with self-Identity
Emotional regulation and distress Tolerance skills training
For Parents and Caregivers:
How to talk so your kids would listen
Dealing with anger, tantrums, and other behavioural challenges
Help! My child is addicted to gaming!
Parenting your anxious child
Parenting a child with depression
Parenting a child who self-harms
Promoting mental wellness in your Family
For Youth Ministry:
Youth Leader Mental Health Training: Level 1 Example of topics covered:
Overview of common mental health challenges seen in youth ministry
What to do when a youth discloses about a mental health challenge
Mental health crisis management
Youth Leader Mental Health Training : Level 2 Example of topics covered:
More in-depth study of common and not-so common mental health challenges in youth ministry
Overview of interventions used to treat various mental health disorders
Teaching effective coping strategies to teens
Advanced skills in active listening
Advanced case studies
More practical tips
Training Formats available:
Each topic and training (e.g. single workshop vs. series of workshops) can be customized to best fit your group’s need.
Rates vary depending on the training and group.
Special rates available for non-profit organizations and churches.
Please contact us for a quote or for more details.