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Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team Training: August 27th - August 30th, 2018

This FREE 40 hour CIT certification course is very intense and interactive. It gives an in-depth look at mental illness and its implications for law enforcement. We cover: schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, mood disorders, cognitive disorders, personality and substance disorders, suicide assessment, adolescent & elder issues, PTSD, excited delirium, suicide by cop, and mental health courts. Advocates and people living with mental health issues speak on their experiences, there are site visits to mental health hospitals and service providers in your area and extensive role play exercises with professional actors.

MN CIT Officers' Assoc 40 hour Certification Training goals include providing advanced mental health awareness, communication techniques and de-escalation skill to help law enforcement when dealing with a person in a mental health crisis. For more information, please visit: http://mncit.org/home 


Certified Peer Support Specialist Training

Certified peer specialists are individuals who have a lived experience of mental illness and are trained to be direct service mental health staff. Since 2007, Minnesota has been building capacity for this service.

Certified peer specialists offer support and hope to individuals with a lived experience of mental illness by sharing their story and helping them to discover their strengths. Certified peer specialists assist the people they serve to identify the barriers they encounter for participation in community resources, and provide encouragement for involvement in community based activities that support their goals and interests.
Certified Peer Specialist programs are evidence based practices that integrate professional support and first-hand experience with mental illness within an agency.  A Peer Specialist has the ability and experience to say the power words, “I understand.”  The certification training focuses on the Five Recovery Paths and how to utilize personal recovery experiences to empower others along their journeys.

If interested in applying to become a Certified Peer Support Specialist, apply at http://peerslinktohope.org/ Please click on "training" to complete an application and learn of training events in the area. 





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