Youth Mental Health First Aid

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently conducting in-person YMHFA trainings. Virtual trainings are available and can be arranged by contacting our Training Director. Additionally, please enjoy our video series where our YMHFA trainers teach new skills and expand upon ones we have already learned. Follow our YouTube page to be updated.

CRT offers Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training, a comprehensive 8-hour course designed to help participants recognize the symptoms of common mental illnesses and substance use disorders; strategies to deescalate crisis situations safely; and how to initiate timely referrals to mental health and substance abuse resources available in the community. This training is designed for individuals who have contact with youth ages 12 and over who are at risk of developing mental health disorders. Participating organizations may include child protective agencies, faith-based organizations, gang violence prevention groups, youth mentoring agencies, teen parenting programs, schools and educational institutions, domestic violence shelters, juvenile and family court, and medical providers. 

If you would like a YMHFA training brought to your organization, contact our Training Director, Samantha Orbach, PsyD at


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