Classes For Providers

Classes for Providers include the following:

Adult Foster Care Mental Health Certification Training

Learn about mental health diagnoses, crisis response and de-escalation techniques, treatment options, recovery, medications and their side effects, co-occurring disorder, community resources and more. This workshop meets the seven hours of annual training as required under the law for corporate adult foster care providers.  Click here for scheduled classes.

CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means)

Reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and medication, can determine whether a person at risk for suicide lives or dies. This free online course focuses on how to reduce access to the methods people use to kill themselves. It covers how to: (1) identify people who could benefit from lethal means counseling, (2) ask about their access to lethal methods, and (3) work with them—and their families—to reduce access.

This course is primarily designed for mental health professionals such as social service professionals and health care providers: case manager, nurse, ARHMS, social worker, CTSS, RN, LPN, MD, and licensed therapist. You will be expected to role play coaching others on Reducing Access to Lethal Means.   Click here for scheduled classes.

Civil Commitment Online Training & Education (online class)

The MN Dept. of Human Services has developed an online training and education on the civil commitment process.

Developing a Family Driven System

This class asks helping professionals to understand the value and need for family engagement. Evaluate family engagement in your community. Gain a comprehensive view of the barriers families face to meaningful engagement, and establish a plan to improve family engagement. This is a one-hour class. Click here for scheduled classes.

Families as Partners

This one-hour class helps professionals understand the family perspective and gain insight into the barriers families face in the system of care and how that impacts family engagement. We ask participants to examine implicit bias and make plans to improve family engagement in their practice. Click here for scheduled classes.

Gray Matters: Understanding Mental Illness in Older Adults

Gray Matters is a series of five educational programs available for people who work with older adults. Targeted audiences could include senior workers in assisted living, long-term care facilities, adult day programs, rehab facilities, senior centers and senior housing. Pastoral care, health clinic staff, parish nurses, case managers, Meals on Wheels volunteers, hospice staff and volunteer befrienders are also potential audiences. Gray Matters: Depression is a good first choice for programming if the audience has just beginning knowledge about older adults and mental illness.  Click here for scheduled classes.

Gray Matters: Understanding Depression in Older Adults

Understand Depression in older adults. Feelings of sadness, loneliness and grief are normal. However, when this sadness is intense, is felt for a long period of time, interferes with our ability to get along with others or to carry out the activities of everyday life…..than it could be depression. Join NAMI Minnesota to talk about risk factors, warning signs, stigma, treatment, recovery and resources for depression in older adults.  Suicide prevention resources will also be discussed. Depression is not a normal part of aging. This is a one and one-half hour program.  Click here for scheduled classes.

Gray Matters: Understanding Anxiety in Older Adults

Learn symptoms and risk factors of anxiety disorders in older adults, the different types of anxiety disorders, treatment and management and resources to support older adults living with anxiety. This is a one and one-half hour program.  Click here for scheduled classes.

Gray Matters: Mental Illnesses Co-Occurring with Dementia  

Learn the basics of mental illness and dementia as well as the risk factors and warning signs of both disorders in older adults. Join NAMI Minnesota and the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota-North Dakota to discuss treatment, management and recovery. You will learn some strategies for working with someone living with both disorders and learn about resources for both conditions. This is a two and one-half hour program.  Click here for scheduled classes.

Gray Matters: Understanding Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults

Learn why abuse of alcohol, drugs and prescription medications, among older adults, is one of the fastest growing health problems in the U.S. Recognize the negative consequences of improper use or overuse of those substances and identify age-related changes that can elevate an older adult’s sensitivity to their effects. Learn about co-occurring disorders and older adult resources. This is a two-hour program.  Click here for scheduled classes.

Gray Matters: Understanding Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Borderline Personality Disorder in Older Adults

Learn the risk factors and warning signs of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder in older adults. Participants will also learn about treatment, management and recovery; learn strategies for working with someone with acute symptoms or emerging symptoms; and learn about suicide prevention resources and other resources for older adults. This is a two- hour program.  Click here for scheduled classes.

Older Adult Mental Health First Aid

Learn basic first aid skills needed to help an older adult who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. Learn about common mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders with a focus on older adults. Understanding and recognizing the signs that someone needs help is the first step in getting that person appropriate care and treatment. Participants will receive a course manual and certificate. This nine hour workshop is for individuals seeking basic information on geriatric mental health issues and how to help someone in crisis. It is not intended for professionals who have a background in mental health. Participants must be present for entire curricula to receive certification. This is an eight-hour national certification program (nine hours with lunch and breaks).  Click here for scheduled classes.

Public Safety Mental Health First Aid

Learn options to respond to a mental health crisis such as how to de-escalate incidents and increase understanding of mental illnesses in order to respond to mental health related calls appropriately without compromising safety. This nine-hour workshop is for police, first responders, corrections officers, and other public safety audiences. Participants must be present for entire curricula to receive certificate.  Click here for scheduled classes.

Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents

Learn about mental illnesses in students, the impact on a student’s success in school and how parents and teachers can work together as allies to support these students. This two-hour class meets the continuing education requirement for teachers.  Click here for scheduled classes.

Self-Care Training for Senior Workers

NAMI Minnesota salutes senior workers who are the daily caregivers for older adults living in care centers, assisted living, their own home and adult foster care settings. COVID-19 has tested your limits and we admire your hard work, compassion, skill and kindness which has come with great personal sacrifice. We offer this short training on self-care for senior workers to help you develop personal strategies for the coming months to help you manage stress as you continue to offer help, hope and healing to those in your care.

Smoking Cessation Workshop for Providers

Learn about smoking cessation interventions, available FDA-approved medications, strategies for integrating cessation services into current practice, and more. This is a one-hour workshop. To schedule, contact:      Click here for scheduled classes.

Smoking Cessation Strategies for Mental Health Providers: Addressing Smoking Stigma, Encouraging Change (online class)

Tobacco is the leading cause of disease, disability and death in the United States. Addressing tobacco use can greatly improve the quality and length of life for individuals living with a mental illness. This interactive online training will provide education about nicotine addiction, special considerations for individuals living with a mental illness, and motivational interviewing techniques, along with other skills to help professionals addressing smoking cessation as part of a wellness plan. Provides 3 CEUs upon completion. Click here to access the training. For more information, resources or support on smoking cessation email

Suicide Survivors’ Club Professional Workshop

 The Suicide Survivors’ Club will be hosting this program to share resources and tools for mental health and grief professionals when working with suicide loss survivors. There are three components to this program: 1. Trauma Transformed Through Art and Narrative presentation—how this project came to be 2. Story Portrait Art/Narrative Activity—activity to do with suicide loss survivors 3. Healing After a Suicide Loss: all Ages Workbook & Activity Guide—tool developed for professionals All participants will receive a SSC book set and guide to use for clients. The book set offers clients validation for the ups and downs of their own experience and guides them to move forward. The tools connect with our sensory input systems, ensuring that suicide loss survivors can connect with and benefit from the activities.


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