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Professional Development

Professional Development for youth programming professionals

The UW–Madison Office of Precollege & Youth Program Compliance offers courses for youth programming professionals such as teachers, school staff, counselors, youth group leaders, coaches, parents, and other adults who work with young people.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

This course teaches parents, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals how to help adolescents (ages 12-18) who are experiencing mental health or addiction challenges, or are in crisis. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders.

Participants will learn:

  • Mental health challenges that youth often face
  • Typical adolescent development
  • A five-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations

Courses open to the public are full. Please check back for additional offerings in Summer 2019.


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Program staff trainings

UW–Madison precollege and youth programs require all program staff and volunteers to complete specific trainings and certifications to work in youth programs. Program staff login to Program Staff Trainings for course information and registration.

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