Camp Mental Health Certification (CampMHC) – the first early intervention certification tailored to the camp setting – introduces camp staff and leadership to the risk factors, warning signs, and prevalence of mental illness and mental health challenges in adolescent campers.
Through interactive discussion, role-play activities, and an ABC action plan, the CampMHC 4-hour training empowers camp staff to respond to signs & symptoms of mental illness in non-crisis situations and to connect campers to appropriate professional support in crisis situations.
Participants Are Empowered To:
- Recognize the difference and relationship between mental health and mental illness at camp.
- Promote camper mental health & model proactive self-care strategies for campers.
- Apply a 3 three-step action plan to both crisis & non-crisis mental health situations.
- Connect campers and coworkers to camp-based, self-help, & professional resources.
*Participants do not learn to diagnose or provide therapy or counseling.
- 2-Year Certificate & Badge from LEAD, Inc.
- Local Resource/Lifeline List
- Free Continuing Education for Participants
- Email Templates to Send to Parents of Campers & Course Participants
- Participants do not learn to diagnose or provide therapy or counseling.
How is it Different than Youth Mental Health First Aid? Topics related to mental illness and unique to the camp community, such as medication vacations, homesickness, and social media withdrawal, are also introduced to participants. By the end of the course, each participant leaves with a personal toolkit featuring tangible self-care strategies to promote mental health in their own lives and in the lives of other campers and staff.
Unsure of which certification is right for your camp? Read this document, comparing 4-hour Camp Mental Health and 8-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid.
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