Blended Mental Health First Aid Program for the Legal Profession - 3 September 2019

8:30am Tuesday, 3 September 2019
1:30pm Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Mental Health Course
College of Law
Level 1, 555 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Through ALPMA, and thanks to LegalSuper, you can now access Mental Health First Aid Australia’s (MHFA) blended MHFA training course that has been tailored to legal workplaces.  

This course is a combination of an online (eLearning) component and a 5-hour face-to-face training session that teaches managers, supervisors and individuals how to assist a co-worker who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. 

Within the general community there is a high prevalence of mental illness with 1 in 5 people suffering in the workplace however, there is an even higher incidence in the legal workplace with 1 in 3 lawyers, at any one stage, suffering depression, high anxiety and stress. (reference)
Early recognition of signs and symptoms can lead to a return to usual performance quickly and can alleviate the problems worsening. 

Would you know how to assist a co-worker who was experiencing a mental health problem?

It’s important that you do, but it is equally as important that multiple people within your firm know how to assist too. MHFA Training should be encouraged across seniority, departments and genders to ensure diversity of support.

Online Component    Workshop

The eLearning component of the program will cover:

Developing mental health problems:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Eating disorders

Mental health crises:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  •  Aggressive behaviours

The 4 hour workshop component covers:

  • Learn how to recognise signs and symptoms of mental health problems and crises in your employees and co-workers
  • Understand risk factors and appropriate  evidence-based treatments and supports
  • Learn how to respond and offer appropriate support to employees and co-workers using the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan ALGEE

Presented By

Catherine Stokes, Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Catherine is a highly experienced and engaging trainer and facilitator. She has provided training to a wide range of adult audiences, including lawyers, community groups, administrative staff, police officers, paralegals, policy officers, law graduates and government agencies. She is committed to furthering awareness and knowledge of mental health issues and helping people acquire the skills to assist others. Catherine has experience as a lawyer in private practice and in government legal practice, in Perth and in London.

Catherine is currently a Lecturer (part-time). As part of her current role, she facilitates a workshop on mental health and wellness. She is experienced in delivering Mental Health First Aid to others. She is described by participants as an engaging, skilled and approachable presenter. 

Professional Development   

5 points/NZ Hours - Professional Skills

Event Costs    

ALPMA Members: $255 (inc. GST)

ALPMA Associates: $255 (inc. GST)

Non Members: $299 (inc. GST)

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