Mental Health First Aid Workshop

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports.  This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia. 

DATE:  January 11, 2018

LOCATION:  Quad 264, SJU (check-in)

TIME:  8 a.m.  - 5 p.m.

FEE: No charge, free

FOOD PROVIDED: Breakfast treats/coffee, and lunch in the Saint John’s Refectory (noon -1 p.m.)



PARTICIPATION LIMIT:  60 CSB|SJU faculty and staff members


  • Lisa Powers, MSW, LICSW is an outpatient therapist at the Central MN Mental Health Center.  She has her MSW from Augsburg College and will complete her Doctor of Social Work in early 2018.  Lisa has over 20 years of experience working with children and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings.  She was also an adjunct instructor in the Social Work at Bemidji State University for three years. 
  • Paige McConkey is a licensed Mental Health Practitioner embedded in the St. Cloud police department’s Child Response Initiative unit.  Paige has over 30 years of experience working with at-risk youth and families.  Paige has a Bachelor degree from the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN.

  Sponsored by: CSB|SJU Counseling & Psychological Services, CSB|SJU Center for Global Education,
CSB Vice President for Student Development, and SJU Vice President for Student Development.