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Adult and Child Care Review Training/Presentation

Care Review is a time for a person or family to meet with community and agency representatives and discuss their needs and wishes across multiple areas including: mental and physical health, housing, transportation, legal, financial, educational, vocational, social and spiritual needs. The members of the team are invited by the Care Review facilitator, and participants are welcome to bring whomever they want. The Care Review team will assist with brainstorming and creating a plan to access resources in the community. Often, these teams come up with ideas that an individual provider or case manager have not been able to identify or coordinate on their own. The process is very much tailored around the specific needs of the consumer. The Care Review differs from a CFT in that it is not a regularly scheduled meeting and it is best used when a person feels “stuck” in their treatment.

To schedule a class for your group or organization in Johnston County, contact –

Adult Contact: Melissa Payne, BSW at 919.989.5587, melissa.payne@johnstonnc.com

Child Contact: Felecia Ferrell, BA at 919.989.5500, felecia.ferrell@johnstonnc.com

Awareness 101 Trainings (For Adults and Young Adults)

Awareness 101 Trainings help increase awareness, educate, and alleviate stigma on a variety of topics. The trainings are generally 2-hours. Upon request trainings may be customized for a desired length of time. Trainings include, Mental Health Awareness 101, Homelessness Awareness 101, Alcohol/Drug Addiction Recovery Awareness 101, and Resiliency Awareness 101.

To schedule a class for your group or organization in Johnston County, contact –

Roxanne E. Curry, MAFS at 919.989.5514, roxanne.curry@johnstonnc.com

Cat in the Hat Comes to Visit!

Through the month of March, April, and May Cat in the Hat has been busy in Johnston County visiting kids in area schools and libraries. Cat in the Hat has been reading The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss teaching inclusion, fairness and equality. The Sneetches is a story about two different types of Sneetches: plain Sneetches and Sneetches with stars on their bellies. The star-bellied Sneetches think they are better than the plain Sneetches and often exclude them from playing ball and participating in marshmallow roasts.

“This is our second year reading to young kids to bring about emotional awareness,” stated Felecia Ferrell, Johnston County Community Relations System of Care Coordinator. “The kids are excited to see Cat in the Hat, they are really engaged and seem to be absorbing the message,” said Roxanne Curry, Johnston County Community Relations housing Specialist aka Cat in the Hat. She added “Listening to The Sneetches can open up a great opportunity for discussion at home about friendship and uniqueness.”

By the end of May, Ferrell and Curry will have visited and read to more than 1,200 kids ages ranging from 2 to 8. Upon each visit The Sneetches book is donated by Johnston County Mental Health Center. Also, some 300 educators including principals, teachers, center directors, and librarians have been given a folder filled with resource information and training opportunities by Johnston County Mental Health Center.

For mental health, intellectual/developmental or substance use disorder information or assistance call 919-989-5500 or 1-888-815-8934, or contact –

Roxanne E. Curry, MAFS at 919.989.5514, roxanne.curry@johnstonnc.com

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training and Program (For Law Enforcement and other First Responders)

The Johnston County CIT Training and Program is based on the original model developed by the Memphis Police Department. Law enforcement officers and other first responders earn CIT Certification by successfully completing an intensive 40-hour training and evaluation process. Training modules include: Crisis Intervention & Verbal De-escalation, Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness, Simulated “Hearing Voices” Exercise, and Mobile Crisis Teams & Community Resources. Other topics such as Human Trafficking, Bullying, Excited Delirium, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, First Responder Stress, and Legal Issues may be included.

To schedule a class for your group or organization in Johnston County, contact –

Charlene Meyers, BA at 919.989.5575, charlene.meyers@johnstonnc.com

Customized Mental Health Trainings

Johnston County Mental Health offers our assistance in customized mental health trainings to meet your needs. For example: cultural competence, compassion fatigue, and specialized geriatric trainings.

For more information contact –

Roxanne E. Curry, MAFS at 919.989.5514, roxanne.curry@johnstonnc.com

Darkness to Light (For Adults)

Stewards of Children is a two-hour training designed to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse, emphasizing that child safety is every adult’s responsibility. The training teaches the steps to preventing abuse, recognizing warning signs, and reacting responsibly when abuse occurs. Stewards of Children is the only evidence-based training available nationally that is proven to increase knowledge and change child protective behavior. Two training hour credits are available.

To schedule a class for your group or organization in Johnston County, contact –

Felecia Ferrell, BA at 919.989.5500, felecia.ferrell@johnstonnc.com

Learning Feelings and Emotions (For Children Ages 2 to 10)

Understanding emotions is key to helping children become mentally strong. Preschoolers will be taught basic feeling words such as happy, mad, sad and scared. Older children can benefit from learning more complex feeling words such as frustrated, disappointed, and nervous. A discussion is initiated in the form of a book reading and/or short movie viewing and special visit by Joy from The Emotions Pixar Production Inside Out, Mother Goose, and Cat in the Hat from Dr. Seuss. Books, movies, and special guests can give children a window into the emotional world. Through the eyes of a character in a story, children can explore feelings and viewpoints other than their own.

To schedule a class for your group or organization in Johnston County, contact –

Roxanne E. Curry, MAFS at 919.989.5514, roxanne.curry@johnstonnc.com or

Felecia Ferrell, BA at 919.989.5500, felecia.ferrell@johnstonnc.com

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - Adult, Youth, Older Adult/Later Life Issues, and Veterans & Military (For Adults)

Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer immediate help to an individual showing signs of a mental illness or crisis and to connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course – first responders, students and teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals and caring citizens. Mental Health First Aid offers specific training areas, adult, veterans & military, and older adult/later life issues.

To schedule a class for your group or organization in Johnston County, contact –

Roxanne E. Curry, MAFS at 919.989.5514, roxanne.curry@johnstonnc.com

Mental Health Awareness Patch (For Children Ages 5 to 18)

The Mental Health Awareness Patch objectives are to educate about the brain and its influence on thoughts, feelings, and behavior, and through that knowledge, increase awareness and understanding of mental illness. Through education we can change perceptions and reduce the stigma of mental illness. Once earned the patch is provided for free.

To schedule a class for your group or organization in Johnston County, contact –

Roxanne E. Curry, MAFS at 919.989.5514, roxanne.curry@johnstonnc.com

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