TMWC Activity Professional Academy 

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Help Support the Mental Health Needs of Residents

The mental for mental health awareness grows ever stronger in the long-term care community, and Activities play a major role in helping residents maintain quality of life, which directly links to mental health. 


This seminar explores the mental health needs of residents and provides a foundation of knowledge for professionals through the Mental Health First Aid Certification Training. 


Participants will receive 9.5 Continuing Education Credits.

Monday, January 23, 2022 
10:00 AM EST - 5:30 PM EST 

About the Mental Health First Aid Program

Participants will learn ways to identify common signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges, ways to interact with a person in crisis and how to connect a person with help and support services. Participants will gain the tools necessary to respond to those in need using the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan:


  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm.
  • Listen nonjudgmentally.
  • Give reassurance and information.
  • Encourage appropriate professional help.
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies.

Seminar Schedule

  • 10:00 AM EST: Introduction with Nancy Richards, ACC/EDU, CDP

  • 11:00 AM EST: Topic 1: Welcome to Mental Health First Aid

  • 12:00 PM EST: Topic 2: MHFA Self-Paced Introduction Recap

  • 1:00 PM EST: Break

  • 1:30 PM EST: Topic 3: ALGEE: Mental Health First AID Action Plan

  • 2:30 PM EST: Topic 4: MHFA for Early Signs and Symptoms

  • 3:00 PM EST: Topic 5: MHFA for Worsening Signs and Symptoms

  • 4:30 PM EST: Topic 6: MHFA for Crisis Situations and Topic 7: Self-Care

How Will I Participate?

Step 1: Register for the Seminar

Step 2: Receive Access to the MHFA Course Materials 

Step 3: Complete Pre-Work for MHFA in the Course Materials (about 1-2 hours)

Step 4: Attend the Live Seminar

Step 5: Download your MHFA Certification Certificate upon completion 

What are the Course Fees?

Course Fee

$199.00 includes digital access to all course materials.


How Do I Access Course Materials?

Within two weeks of the seminar, students will be given access to the Mental Health First Aid Connect Platform. 


Students can also purchase "hard copies" of the materials directly through the instructor upon request for an additional $32.

About the Instructors

Erin Callinan, MSW

Erin Callinan is a nationally recognized Mental Health Speaker, Author, and Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. She is the Founder of Beneath The Brave where she provides cutting-edge training and consulting to help amplify workplaces, careers, and lives by strengthening mental health. She holds a Master's of Social Work from Arizona State University and brings with her 14 years of non-profit leadership experience in the field of mental health, domestic violence, crisis advocacy, and sexual assault. Erin's passion for rewriting the narrative about mental health began in college as she adapted to “living with” rather than suffering from her mental health diagnosis at 17. In 2013, Erin authored and published her book, “Beautifully Bipolar: An Inspiring Look Into Mental Illness” and began her career in mental health advocacy and motivational speaking.

Nancy Richards, ACC/EDU, CDP

Nancy is the founder of Activity Pathways and the "Powerup to Serve" training curriculum for activities in the mental health setting. Through her experiences, she has learned how to navigate the complex landscape of health care and strives to inform families how to make sense of it all. Each situation demands and receives individual honor and support.  Her coworkers and elders she’s served agree she is kind-hearted, smart and savvy,  enthusiastic, hopeful, energetic, generous, and funny. She is a passionate, creative person who is deeply committed to helping elders live happier, healthier lives

About Our Co-Sponsor, the Coalition of Resident Councils

The Coalition of Resident Councils (THE CORC) is a national collaborative partnership, made up of residents in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Communities, consumers, family members, friends, healthcare professionals and educators who recognize the extensive value of the resident organization, commonly called The Resident Council. 


THE CORC improves the Quality of Life for residents of Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Communities through the creation, support and promotion of enhanced activities, programs, and environments.