Mental Health First Aid Course
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ACJS presents Mental Health First Aid Training.

Upon completion, participants receive a National Certification in Mental Health First Aid. Certification is renewable every three years.

*Note: This workshop is now full.

Tuesday, March 24

8:00am - 5:30pm
*Beverages and snacks will be provided; lunch on your own.

In conjunction with the ACJS 57th Annual Meeting
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel
San Antonio, TX

Who Should Attend:


What Participates will Learn:
Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis.

Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support. Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

What the Training Course Covers:
• Common signs and symptoms of mental illness.
• Common signs and symptoms of substance use.
• How to interact with a person in crisis.
• How to connect the person with help.

About the Trainer:

Denise Kindschi Gosselin PhD, author of “Crime and Mental Disorders: The Criminal Justice Response,” is certified as an instructor by Mental Health First Aid USA. Denise is a lifetime member of ACJS and former member of the ACJS Executive Board.

ACJS members pay $60 and all others pay $75 to register. Also, there are five (5) seats which are reserved for students at no cost on a first come, first served basis.
Class size is limited – please register early.


Interested in Sponsoring this event, contact the ACJS Association Manager at to receive a list of sponsorship opportunities and pricing.

For more information about Mental Health First Aid click on the information flyers below.

What is Mental Health First Aid

Why Mental Health First Aid