Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Wonderful Training Opportunity for FCCPS Staff and Parents!
Posted on 01/04/2019


All of our sessions are currently full. We now have a waiting list.  Please email Rebecca Sharp at to be added to the waiting list for one of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Sessions.

Thank you so much for your interest!

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The FCCPS Special Education Advisory Committee, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Community Services Board, is proud to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid training to all staff and parents. This program will be facilitated by certified instructors from the Fairfax Community Services Board (CSB).

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 a student/youth/child who is experiencing 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 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 ADHD), and eating disorders.

Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – instead, participants gain concrete tools and answers to crucial questions like "What can I do?" and "Where can someone find help?" and a core five-step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis.

Participants who complete this 8-hour hands-on course will earn a nationally recognized certification in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Additionally, all FCCPS teachers will receive 10 recertification points towards their license renewal.

There are three training opportunities available for the 2018-2019 school year*:

  • Option 1: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, & January 30, 2019, 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Please note that you must complete both 4-hour sessions to earn the certification. No partial credit will be awarded)--Location-George Mason High School
  • Option 2: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 8:30 am- 5:30 pm--Location-George Mason High School
  • Option 3: Friday March 15, 2019, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm--Location-George Mason High School

All training will be held at George Mason High School. The exact room location will be emailed to you before the training date.

Note: All sessions have a 25 person maximum and a 15 person minimum to be held. There is a $25.00 materials fee for parents/community members. However, there are scholarships available if needed. There is no cost for FCCPS staff members.


For additional information regarding the training, please visit this link:

Please contact Rebecca Sharp, Director of Special Education & Student Services via email at with questions or concerns. 

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