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Community Trainings

Pacific County Health and Human Services provides a variety of behavioral health training for the public including Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Children in Between Parenting classes for separating/divorced parents, QPR suicide prevention training, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  Trainings are generally open to the public. Or, to schedule a private training for your organization, please call us at 360-875-9343. 




Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

MHFA is an evidence based training program that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges. The training gives you the skills to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use challenge or experiencing a crisis.

Anyone 18+

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens hot to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. YMHFA is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. 

Anyone 18+ who interacts with youth in any capacity


Naloxone training is designed for both first responders, as well as anyone who may encounter an individual who is experiencing overdose. The training provides greater insight into what opioids are and how they work within the body, the good-samaritan-law, and how to properly respond to an overdose/ deliver naloxone.

Anyone 18+



How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal. How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide. The common causes of suicidal behavior and the warning signs of suicide. How to get help for someone in crisis.

Teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA)

This training discusses common signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges, common signs and symptoms of a mental health crisis, particularly suicide, the impact of school violence and bullying on mental health, how to open the conversation about mental illness and substance use with friends, and how to seek the help of a responsible and trusted adult. 

Teens in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's)

ACEs training examines childhood trauma and how those who have experienced childhood trauma (including domestic violence, parents who use substances, and abuse) can be more likely to experience negative health outcomes, future violence, and substance-use disorder. The training allows participants to take the ACEs survey themselves, and also focuses on how we can use our knowledge of ACEs to approach family, coworkers, patients, and clients in a trauma-informed way to provide better health outcomes.

Anyone 18+

Children in Between (CIB)

Children in Between is a co-parenting program for separating or divorced parents. The course is required for anyone legally separating/ divorcing in Pacific County, but is also available for any parents who would like to learn better strategies for co-parenting. The course focuses on navigating and trouble-shooting common issues arising from co-parenting. and effective communication skills that create healthy outcomes for children and families.

Parenting/ Co-Parenting Individuals (court ordered)

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