Healthy Conversations is an interactive curriculum for Community Health Workers, Peers, Case Managers, and Counselors serving people dealing with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. The guide offers a jumping off point for client-centered dialogue to promote greater client behavioral health, knowledge, and empowerment. Written by mental and public health professionals, primary care doctors, psychiatrists, and community health workers together, the curriculum is designed to help front-line staff at clinics or community organizations feel more confident and skillful at addressing underlying behavioral health issues that diminish clients' wellness, stability, and quality of life.
The guide includes respectful mental health and substance use education, assessment of barriers to care, cultivating strengths, holistic strategies for managing symptoms and triggers, and conversations to build readiness for treatment. Rooted in harm reduction, it aims to build a trusting framework for collaboration between worker and client towards the goals of safer behavior and better self-care by at-risk clients. It strives to be culturally competent for use with diverse populations, including starting with open questions to learn about the client.
Please note that this training lasts over the course of two full days. Additionally participants are expected to attend a booster training on February 6th and 7th. More information on the booster to follow as that date approaches.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:00 AM - 5:00 PMEastern Time
New York City Department of Health42-09 28th StreetGotham CenterLong Island City, New York 11101
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