MHARS LORAIN COUNTY
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We provide a variety of FREE presentations to educate community members and groups on mental health and addiction. We provide education on youth or adult mental health, as well as nationally and internationally researched suicide prevention trainings.
For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Clare Rosser, email@example.com.
General Mental Health and Addiction Presentations:
- A general overview of local services, resources, and learning opportunities
Suicide Prevention Education:
These community education options require NO PRIOR knowledge or experience with mental health topics.
You can choose from 3 different programs that vary in length and intensity:
- QPR (1.5 hours)
QPR, which stands for Question Persuade Refer, teaches people to recognize suicide communications and actions, intervene safely and confidently, and connect the person in need to the right help. Short, simple training. Audience requirement for onsite training: less than 30 registrants.
- Mental Health First Aid (8 hours)
Audience requirement for onsite training: Minimum of 20 registrants.
- ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (16 hours)
Earn the same credential that many military officials and health workers receive. It boosts your resume and communication skills, while teaching life-saving techniques. Audience requirement for onsite training: Between 16-40 registrants.
School or Youth Presentations:
- RESPONSE Teacher Training on Suicide Prevention (2.5 hours)
- RESPONSE Parent Training on Suicide Prevention (1.5 hours)
- Youth Mental Health First Aid (8-hour training for people who live or work with children or teens)
- Other trainings upon request
Meet Our Speakers
Lorain County’s Intersystem Program Director, Heather Distin has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field providing individual, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and their parents. Heather is a nationally certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapist and has special interest in advocating for trauma-informed care across systems. Heather has presented on various mental health topics to diverse populations, including educators, juvenile court officials, and mental health clinicians.
Christine Robinson, LISW-S
Christine serves at the MHARS Board as a clinical staff team member focusing on prevention, treatment and recovery supports for substance use. She completed her Masters of Science in Social Administration (MSSA/MSW) from Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She has been independently licensed since 2003. Christine has worked in many clinical capacities. She has experience in individual and group therapy with adults and adolescents for chemical dependency and mental health, private practice, program management, and medication assisted treatment. She currently serves as an adjunct instructor and field liaison for the University of Akron in their graduate social work program. Christine is a trainer for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and a PAX Tools Community Educator. She is a regular community presenter on topics related to addiction and recovery.
Clare Rosser helps organizations in Northeast Ohio connect with people who provide, fund, or need health and social services. She has more than a decade of experience in public relations, social marketing, and communications for mental health and social service organizations. She is a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor, helping people recognize and respond with confidence to suicide communications being shared by friends, family members, or even strangers who are in distress. She serves as the Communications and Community Relations Director of the MHARS Board.
Elizabeth Wolanski is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has worked in the field of child and adolescent community mental health for 19 years. She serves as the Child and Adolescent Services Director of the MHARS Board. Elizabeth has specific training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. As a therapist, she has worked with youth ranging in age from 3 to 18 providing services in intensive home-based, school-based, and outpatient programs. She has facilitated prevention groups and skills-based groups on the following topics: anxiety, depression, feeling management, self-esteem, grief and loss, divorce, social and emotional regulation, problem solving, conflict resolution, and communication skills. She has provided mental health education to clergy, church youth groups, school personnel and the general public. She is a trainer in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and has been a member of the Lorain County Suicide Prevention Coalition for seven years.