Religious Leaders Behavioral Health Training Program (Religious Leaders Flyer 2017)

The Religious Leaders Behavioral Health Training Program is a MHSA Innovations Program that has been established to increase access to mental health services amongst communities which are underserved, difficult to reach and most at risk of developing mental health symptoms through the professional behavioral health training of Religious Leaders who are trusted community leaders within faith-based communities. The Religious Leaders will then conduct outreach and train congregants within the community. These leaders use their culturally responsive training of common mental health disorders, chronic and co-occurring mental illnesses, the recovery model and community action planning through the implementation of “S.A.F.E” response and crisis management with increased knowledge and awareness of behavioral health interventions and resources to provide services and basic behavioral health skills training to congregants and lay community members within the faith-based communities.

The training will be conducted and completed over one 8-hour day, and will result in a certification upon completion of the curriculum. The curriculum will be based on the Train-the-Trainer model consisting of behavioral health skills training that includes topics related to basic mental health interventions, practices, and skills. Topics may include but are not limited to: education about mental health disorders, risk factors and warning signs, treatment support strategies, crisis planning and intervention skills, and outreach as well as resources for community mental health services and support.

The Goals of the Religious Leaders Behavioral Health Training Program are:

  • Individuals trained in behavioral health curriculum will demonstrate an awareness and understanding of behavioral health topics.
  • Increased participant’s understanding of mental health.
  • Increased number of community members, specifically in various religious communities, trained in basic mental health practice skill sets.
  • Increased access to mental health services through religious communities.

For more information about this program, please contact us at programs@ocmecca.org