Events

Parenting with Purpose (Spanish and English)

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Peoria Planning & Community Development, 9875 N. 85th Ave., Peoria

You can join Family Bridges for a parenting workshop that will be offered in Spanish and English. You can discover how you can raise successful children by:

  • Inspiring them to be positive and confident
  • Setting effective boundaries and limits
  • Motivating them to achieve academic success
  • Wining over their hearts

Family Bridges will share insights on how you can help your children develop:

  • Strong character
  • Relationship smarts
  • A sense of community-engagement
  • Personal, long-term vision
  • A desire to achieve academic goals

You can get more information or reserve your spot at the event by contacting Eddie Morales at eduardo@familybridgesusa.org. You can also view the event flyers in Spanish and English.

 

Enroll America's Get Covered Academy (Two-day event)

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: MCSO Training Center, 2627 S. 35th Ave., Phoenix

AUGUST 25
AUGUST 26

You can be part of this two-day academy, which will provide participants with current best practices in planning outreach. This is for community organizations that educate, inform, and/or assist consumers with applications for AHCCCS, KidsCare, Marketplace and SNAP. County, tribal and city representatives who want to learn how to improve assisting justice populations with access to coverage are also encouraged to attend Day Two. There's no cost to participate. You can learn more about the event at Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers' website.

Trauma-informed care training

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., A-100, Phoenix

You're invited to attend a series of trainings designed to give foster, adoptive and kinship caregivers the tools they need to support and nurture the children and youth in their care. Topics include an overview of trauma-informed care, children birth-to-5, and strategies and techniques. When you sign up, let us know if you need Spanish or American Sign Language interpretation. No child watch will be provided. To sign up for a class near you: www.dcstraining.eventbrite.com. Questions? Email dcs@mercymaricopa.org.

 

 

Trauma-informed care training

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Touchstone, 15648 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix

You're invited to attend a series of trainings designed to give foster, adoptive and kinship caregivers the tools they need to support and nurture the children and youth in their care. Topics include an overview of trauma-informed care, children birth-to-5, and strategies and techniques. When you sign up, let us know if you need Spanish or American Sign Language interpretation. No child watch will be provided. To sign up for a class near you: www.dcstraining.eventbrite.com. Questions? Email dcs@mercymaricopa.org

 

Trauma-informed care training

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: A New Leaf, 2254 W. Main St., Mesa

You're invited to attend a series of trainings designed to give foster, adoptive and kinship caregivers the tools they need to support and nurture the children and youth in their care. Topics include an overview of trauma-informed care, children birth-to-5, and strategies and techniques. When you sign up, let us know if you need Spanish or American Sign Language interpretation. No child watch will be provided. To sign up for a class near you: www.dcstraining.eventbrite.com. Questions? Email dcs@mercymaricopa.org.

 

 

Child and Family Advisory Partnership (CFAP) Community Forum

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Ste. A-100, Phoenix

Join us and get connected to the support you need to raise a child with emotional, physical and/or behavioral health needs. Get your service questions and concerns answers. Share your ideas and suggestions on how to improve the children's system of care. Learn about what's happening in the behavioral health community. Talk directly with service providers. Enjoy dinner and meet other families. Spanish interpretation and child watch provided. No cost to attend. Dinner and networking, 5:30 to 6 p.m., meeting starts at 6 p.m. Call 602-288-0155 to pre-register.

NAMI Education Meeting

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Scottsdale Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef, Scottsdale

Join the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to increase your awareness of programs and supportive services now available. You are welcome to bring finger foods to share (optional). No RSVP required and there's no charge to attend. For more information, visit NAMI Arizona or NAMI Valley of the Sun or NAMI’s national site. For more information, call 480-481-0559.

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Grandparents and Relatives As Caregivers Empowered (GRACE) Support Group

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Ste. A-100, Phoenix

Are you raising or helping to raise a child who is part of your extended family? Join others just like you. You can share experiences, make lifelong connections, and find the network of support you have been looking for. For more information, call the Parent Assistance Center at 602-288-0155 or email pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

CAN DO Support Group

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Ste. A-100, Phoenix

Join the discussion about public education to increase understanding, awareness and acceptance of mental health issues in the community and working to reduce stigma and discrimination. All community members are welcome. Confirm the meeting date/time by emailing info@azmhac.org. 

Adult System of Care (ASOC) Community Forum

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: RI International, 2701 N. 16th St., Ste. 119, Phoenix

Get the latest news about Mercy Maricopa programs and services. No cost to attend. Spanish-language interpretation is available. Light refreshments served. Valley Metro bus route 16.

Mental Health Awareness Coalition Meeting

Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Arizona Behavioral Health Corp., 1406 N. 2nd St., Phoenix

Join the discussion about public education to increase understanding, awareness and acceptance of mental health issues in the community and working to reduce stigma and discrimination. All community members are welcome. Confirm the meeting date/time by emailing info@azmhac.org. 

safeTALK: Suicide alertness for everyone

Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Aetna Building, 1st floor, Gila and Javelina Training Rooms, 4750 S. 44th Pl., Phoenix

safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. It's a great learning tool for formal caregivers, students, teachers, first responders, public and private employees and professional athletes. The program will help you:

  • Identify people who may have thoughts of suicide
  • Ask them directly about the possibility of suicide
  • Connect them to lifesaving resource

There is no cost to attend the workshop. It's valued at $25 per person, but Mercy Maricopa is covering the cost of registration because it's dedicated to supporting suicide-safer communities. You can register for the safeTALK program at www.mmicsafetalk.eventbrite.com. Providers must register through Relias.

Keep Your Kids Safe: Town Hall on Social Media, Alcohol & Drugs

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Corona del Sol High School, 1001 E. Knox Rd., Tempe

Parents, business owners, educators and health care professionals can join the Tempe Community Council for an informative town hall on protecting children from dangers of social media, alcohol and other drugs. They're also giving away door prizes. Parking is free. For more information, you can contact Dara Gibson at dara_gibson@tempe.gov or 480-858-2307. You can view details on town hall speakers and topics at www.stopalcoholabuse.gov

 

 

Arizona Peer and Family Coalition

Time: 12:00 pm – :
Location: Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Ste. A-100, Phoenix

Join the coalition, dedicated to extending peer and family leadership into all aspects of Arizona’s behavioral health care. You can participate by phone. Just call 1 (626) 425-3121 and use access code 402-067-421. Note that long distance charges may apply.

You can participate in AZPFC meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. You can visit the Arizona Peer and Family Member Coalition's website.

For more information, contact Vicky Johnson, President, at 480-236-2552 or president@azpeerandfamily.org.

Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: JFCS, 2033 N. 7th St., Phoenix

You can join survivors, professionals and supporters to discuss the issues surrounding suicide. The goal is that through public discourse, education, and awareness, everyone can help reduce the frequency of suicide in our communities. The most important step in prevention is the recognition of the many signs of suicide. With compassion and courage, we can give a loved one hope in time of despair. You can attend in person or by conference call. You can call 480-784-1514, ext. 2750 to confirm meeting date/time or for more information. You can also visit www.azspc.org/.

safeTALK: Suicide alertness for everyone

Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Crisis Response Network, 1275 W. Washington, Ste. 108, Tempe

safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. It's a great learning tool for formal caregivers, students, teachers, first responders, public and private employees and professional athletes. The program will help you:

  • Identify people who may have thoughts of suicide
  • Ask them directly about the possibility of suicide
  • Connect them to lifesaving resource

There is no cost to attend the workshop. It's valued at $25 per person, but Mercy Maricopa is covering the cost of registration because it's dedicated to supporting suicide-safer communities. You can register for the safeTALK program at  www.mmicsafetalk.eventbrite.com. Providers must register through Relias.

Mental Health Planning Involving Law Enforcement

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 8050 E. Mountain View Rd., Annex Room 101, Scottsdale

You can learn how to recognize signs and symptoms leading up to a family member’s mental health crisis and how to best plan and manage an episode when law enforcement becomes involved. Police crisis intervention specialist and crisis intervention training officer will discuss the following:

  • Identifying potential signs and symptoms
  • How to respond to diffuse an escalating event
  • When to call for assistance
  • Who to call for assistance
  • What to say when calling for help
  • What to do when help arrives.
  • What is CIT
  • Writing a mental health crisis plan for the family

safeTALK: Suicide alertness for everyone

Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Aetna Building, 1st Floor, Gila and Javelina Training Rooms, 4750 S. 44th Pl., Phoenix

safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. It's a great learning tool for formal caregivers, students, teachers, first responders, public and private employees and professional athletes. The program will help you:

  • Identify people who may have thoughts of suicide
  • Ask them directly about the possibility of suicide
  • Connect them to lifesaving resource

There is no cost to attend the workshop. It's valued at $25 per person, but Mercy Maricopa is covering the cost of registration because it's dedicated to supporting suicide-safer communities. You can register for the safeTALK program at  www.mmicsafetalk.eventbrite.com. Providers must register through Relias.

Native Health's Laughter is the Best Medicine

Time: 5:00 pm – :
Location: Embassy Suites, 4415 E. Paradise Village Pkwy South, Phoenix

Join Native Health for its signature fundraising event and help grow the community's Emergency Assistance Program (EAP). The Third Annual Laughter is the Best Medicine: A Night Out with Native Health will feature comedic entertainer Yaqui-Zapotec native comic Larry Omaha. During the event, Native Health will honor community members and organizations who have shown outstanding service to the community. You can buy tickets at Native Health's website.

Latino Disability Summit and Resource Fair

Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Ability 360 Center, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix

Chicanos Por La Causa is presenting a day of culturally relevant information, inspiration and resources to families affected by a disability. There will be a morning summit with workshops, which will include topics such as the impact of the Latino vote, living a healthy lifestyle, how to be an effective advocate, special needs planning, support systems for the caregiver, mental health and civil rights. There’s no charge to attend the workshops, but you have to pre-register since space is limited. In the afternoon, there will be a resource fair open to the public. There will be agencies that provide services in mental health, workforce development, immigration services, caregiving, food boxes, pet spay/neuter, educational readiness and many other services. There's no cost and no registration required to attend the resource fair.

You can learn more about the event and register for the morning workshops on Ability 360’s website. You can also call Mari at 602-515-2451 for more information.
 
 

Rocking it to Adulthood Youth Conference

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Phoenix College Preparatory Academy, 3310 N. 10th Avenue, Phoenix

If you're 13 to 21 years old, you can be part of this conference designed to give youth the opportunity to start building their future. There will be lunch, workshops and activities, including art, music, dance classes, applying for a job, getting into college, budgeting, etc. There will also be exhibitors from colleges, high schools, and scholarship programs, youth groups and other organizations serving youth. Sign up by visiting Rocking it to Adulthood's website or Facebook page.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (2-day workshop*)

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Marc Community Resources, 924 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa

SEPTEMBER 22
SEPTEMBER 23
The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident, and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive, and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers (any person over 15 in a position of trust) learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide and provide safety-for-now. Additional information, including CEU resources, is available http://www.livingworks.net. Registration is required. Community members can register at www.mmicasist.eventbrite.org. Mercy Maricopa providers can register through Relias. 

*NOTE

  • Participation in the full two days is required; any partial absences will result in participant having to retake course from the beginning.
  • Persons who have experienced recent suicide behavior or loss may find it helpful to wait until healing has occurred before taking this course. Sometimes personal experience gets in the way of learning to help others.
  • We aim to create a safe learning environment for all. Help is available 24/7 by calling 602-222-9444.

safeTALK: Suicide alertness for everyone

Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Crisis Response Network, 1275 W. Washington, Ste. 108, Tempe

safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. It's a great learning tool for formal caregivers, students, teachers, first responders, public and private employees and professional athletes. The program will help you:

  • Identify people who may have thoughts of suicide
  • Ask them directly about the possibility of suicide
  • Connect them to lifesaving resource

There is no cost to attend the workshop. It's valued at $25 per person, but Mercy Maricopa is covering the cost of registration because it's dedicated to supporting suicide-safer communities. You can register for the safeTALK program at  www.mmicsafetalk.eventbrite.com. Providers must register through Relias.

Re-entry expo and job fair

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: GateWay Community College Central City Campus, 1245 E. Buckeye Rd., Phoenix

You can meet with employers, attend workshops and get information on support services and information. You should bring copies of your resume, your I.D. and dress to impress. Click here to view the job fair flyer and get more details.

The Sixteenth Training Institute on Infant Toddler Mental Health (Two-day event)

Time: 7:00 am – 4:45 pm
Location: Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 East Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix

OCTOBER 6: 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
OCTOBER 7: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A conference for professionals working with young children, birth to 5 years old, and their families. Topics will offer valuable information for those working in clinical practice, early intervention, family support, consultants, early care and education, pediatric medicine, child abuse prevention and intervention, public policy, child welfare and law enforcement. The training institute will combine both locally and nationally recognized talents in the infant mental health field.

Dr. Kristin Bernard is the opening keynote speaker. Dr. Bernard is assistant professor in the Psychology Department at Stony Brook University. As the director of the Developmental Stress and Prevention Lab, she conducts translational research, integrating ideas and methods across fields of developmental psychology, neurobiology, and prevention science. Dr. Keith Crnic is also a keynote speaker. He is the Foundation Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. Trained as a child clinical psychologist from a strong developmental perspective, his work has addressed parent-infant and toddler relationships and their influence on child and family wellbeing. 

To register or get more details, visit the Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition's website.

Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition's HOPE Pre-Conference Training

Time: 8:00 am – :
Location: Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix

As part of the Arizona Suicide Prevention 9th Annual HOPE Conference, organizers are offering three additional training opportunities as part of the pre-conference.  

  • LivingWorks Regional Trainer Conference 
  • Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Program
  • The Ever Changing Challenge of Understanding and Treating Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

You can get details or sign up for these training sessions on the Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition's website.

HOPE Conference: A statewide conference on suicide prevention (Two-day event)

Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix

OCTOBER 18
OCTOBER 19

The 9th Annual Hope conference is an opportunity to inspire new dialogues, create new partnerships and mobilize resources in our fight to reduce suicides in Arizona. Be a part of building hope for those at risk in our schools, workplaces, and communities. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included. The conference will feature various speakers and topics, including:

  • New Developments in Understanding, Managing, and Treating suicidal Behavior, Barry Walsh, Ph.D.
  • A Trauma-Informed Approach to Suicide Prevention and Intervention, William Beverly, Ph.D.
  • Understanding Suicide-Related Grief, Stuart D. Smith, MA, LPC
  • Be a Shining Light of Hope: Everyone Plays a Role in Suicide Prevention, Sally Spencer-Thomas, PSY.D.

Arizona Health Equity Conference

Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd., Ste. 100, Phoenix

Sign up for conference to better understand current health equity research, outreach, and policies taking place in Arizona. You can also connect with partners who are working in the field of health equity or interested in reducing health disparities. There will be local and nationally recognized speakers and breakout sessions on research, prevention, clinical and policy tracks. To register for the conference or get information about sponsorship opportunities, click on the Arizona Department of Health Services website.
 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (2-day workshop*)

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: JFCS Michael Zent Health Care Center, 3001 N. 33rd Ave., Phoenix

OCTOBER 27
OCTOBER 28
The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident, and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive, and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers (any person over 15 in a position of trust) learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide and provide safety-for-now. Additional information, including CEU resources, is available http://www.livingworks.net. Registration is required. Community members can register at www.mmicasist.eventbrite.org. Mercy Maricopa providers can register through Relias. 

*NOTE

  • Participation in the full two days is required; any partial absences will result in participant having to retake course from the beginning.
  • Persons who have experienced recent suicide behavior or loss may find it helpful to wait until healing has occurred before taking this course. Sometimes personal experience gets in the way of learning to help others.
  • We aim to create a safe learning environment for all. Help is available 24/7 by calling 602-222-9444.


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