Online Registration


Dates: February 12, 2020

Meets: W from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Cost: $21.00

Cancelled: 0

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.


It is an eight hour class that covers signs and symptoms for the most common types of mental illness, and gives attendees a five-step action plan for how to respond. The cost is approximately $21 per textbook, and all participants are required to have one.


Following this program, the participants can be expected to:

  • Understand the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, suicide, self-injury, anxiety, trauma, psychotic disorders and substance abuse.
  • Understand how to apply the five-step action plan known as ALGEE.
  • Gain an understanding the prevalence of mental illness and the need for reduced stigma in our communities.
  • Know how to utilize a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care.
  • Resources available to help those who suffer from mental health challenges and how to access those resources.

    Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, ARNPs, Respiratory Therapists, Social Workers, PTs, OTs, and other interested Healthcare Professionals.

  • What is Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)?
  • Mental Health Problems in the United States
  • Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (Overview)
  • Understanding Depression and Anxiety
  • Applying the MHFA Action Plan for Depression:
    Suicidal Behavior, Depressive Symptoms, Non-suicidal Self-Injury
  • Applying the MHFA Action Plan for Anxiety:
    Panic Attacks, Traumatic Events, Anxiety Symptoms
  • Understanding Psychosis
  • Applying the MHFA Action Plan for Psychosis:
    Acute Psychosis, Disruptive or Aggressive Behavior, Understanding Substance Use Disorders
  • Applying the MHFA Action Plan for Substance Use Disorders



    HaysMedicalCenter is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. The course offering is approved for 7.5 contact hour applicable for RN or LPN re-licensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Approved Provider Number: LT0021-1138.


    The Hays Medical Center Respiratory Care Continuing Education Evaluator on behalf of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts has approved this program for 7.5 CRCE hours. Providership #004.


    Paperwork will be provided to submit to KOTA and KPTA


    Debbie McLaren, Tammie Williams, RN, Shari Hertel, RN, Joyce Mattison, RN,


    Refund of CE fees: Workshop fees will be refunded if notification of cancellation is made 24 hours prior to the workshop.


    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.
  • Notes:

    CE Cert sent 3/4 dm
    Fee: $21.00

    NON-HMC FEE: $21.00

    DescriptionAmountFee Expire DateMandatoryMembershipInv/Coupon CodeMember Expire DaysMember Expire DateTypeHide on WebOrder
    NON-HMC FEE 21 / / No 0 / / Main No 1
    HMC/PVCH ASSOCIATES 21 / / No 0 / / Main No 2
    CAHS 21 / / No 0 / / Main No 3
    NON-HMC FEE 21 / / No
    CAHS 21 / / No

    Fee Breakdown

    Course Fee (Basic)NON-HMC FEE$ 21.00
    Course Fee (Alternate)HMC/PVCH ASSOCIATES$ 21.00
    Course Fee (Alternate)CAHS$ 21.00

    Amy Bird

    Amy Bird is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Kansas State University and Fort Hays State University in 1993 and began her professional career in the mental health field in 1994 working as a Case Manager in the Community Support Services (CSS) Program of High Plains Mental Health Center (HPMHC). In 1998, Amy obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Worker from the University of Kansas. She continued to work in the CSS Program of HPMHC for the next 19 years as therapist, Team Leader/Supervisor and later Program Manager and Assistant Clinical Director for CSS Services. In 2017, Amy transferred to the Outpatient Program of HPMHC as an Integrated Care/Outpatient Therapist. Amy became certified to teach Adult Mental Health First Aid in 2012 and Youth Mental Health First Aid in 2017.

    Jessica Sherfick

    Jessica Sherfick is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Licensed Addictions Counselor. She obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Fort Hays State University in 2013 and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas in 2014. Jessica is employed by High Plains Mental Health Center as the Assistant Clinical Director for Community Support Services. She specializes in behavioral health services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. A strong believer in breaking down the stigma of mental illness, Jessica became certified to teach Adult Mental Health First Aid in 2017 and Youth Mental Health First Aid in 2018.