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‘Better Todays, Better Tomorrows’ training set in Twin Falls

January 2, 2007
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The Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health will offer the “Better Todays, Better Tomorrows” training on the topic of mental health for school-age children for caregivers and gatekeepers in Twin Falls on Jan. 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, 601 S. Pole Line Road.

Free ISU Continuing Education credit is offered to social workers, nurses and licensed counselors. ISU issues certificates of completion for other disciplines. Parents, teachers, leaders of community groups and religious leaders are also encouraged to attend.A new component has been added this year for suicide risk assessment and intervention. Training also will feature expanded information on child trauma and its consequences for children at home, at school and in the community.

This program discusses many of the warning signs psychiatrists and psychologists have identified for depression, anxiety, trauma and other disorders as well as suicide risk factors. Early and appropriate treatment for children can address Idaho’s high suicide rate among young people. Untreated, these illnesses can result in behavioral problems at school, difficulty learning, low self-esteem, poor school attendance and grades, impaired social development, difficulties with law enforcement and even death.

Preregistration is required for the session. Shorter or customized trainings are available in other communities. Call or e-mail to arrange for a special training session. For more information or to preregister, contact Donna Parker, Institute of Rural Health, (208) 373-1799 or e-mail todays@isu.edu.


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