The UACF Parent Leadership Institute was established to empower families to coach, mentor, lead, and use their ‘lived experience’ to bring positive transformation to the mental health system. Through natural community support systems that connect families to existing local resources, the Institute builds bridges between family members, providers, and mental health professionals to help children, youth, and their families experiencing mental health issues.
The Institute provides education, training, peer to peer support, and technical assistance to parents/caregivers, faith based organizations, UACF regional chapters, and Parent Partner/Family Advocates employed in the mental health system. Peer developed curriculum is designed to facilitate systems transformation that is grounded in family-centered, youth driven, and culturally competent practices. The Institute also provides relevant news and information on children’s mental health and manages special projects in the areas of early childhood mental health, school-based programs, juvenile justice, and transitional age youth.
Awarded the 2013 “Program of the Year” at the 33rd Annual CMHACY Conference
Ideal for Parent Partner/Family Advocates and parents/caregivers who currently or previously have parented a child receiving services in the mental health system, this three (3) day train-the-trainer course will certify participants to conduct the 14 week EES course in their community.
This three (3) day training is ideal for newly hired Parent Partner/Family Advocates as well as parents/caregivers who are either currently employed or have an interest in employment in the public mental health system.
This curriculum, designed to specifically prepare individuals for entrance into the mental health workforce in a manner that is ethical, successful, cultural and linguistically competent, is built upon family driven and youth guided principles.
Mental Health First Aid is a national education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
UACF offers an extensive selection of Soft Skills training designed to enhance individual interpersonal skills, job performance and career development. Participants receive handouts, worksheets, power point slides, student training manual and a UACF certificate of completion.
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If you or a loved one is in immediate crisis, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
The UACF Hope Line is a message system for parents and caregivers that provides resources and connections to individuals in your community that may be able to assist you in finding appropriate support services for your child’s mental health needs. Feel free to leave a message on the UACF Hope Line and your call will be returned as promptly as possible.