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Mental Health First Aid Training – Adult (In-person)

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Get certified as a Mental Health First Aider

Workshop Summary

Did you know that former First Lady Michelle Obama is a Certified Mental Health First Aider?

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR, or at the very least, call 9-1-1. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack or if we were concerned that a friend or co-worker might be showing signs of alcoholism.

Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder.

By the end of the workshop, you will be certified as a Mental Health First Aider!!!

Topics Covered

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Use disorders

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.


For additional information: CE@myiHEAL.com or (410) 864-0211 ext. 4

Workshop Details

Audience: All community members are welcome

Workshop Level: Beginner

Workshop Type: In-person

Prerequisites: None

About the Facilitators

Minister Michelle Smalls was born and raised in Albany, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Morgan State University, a masters degree in Human Services Counseling and Life Coaching from Liberty University, and a Master of Science degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling from Walden University.

The mother of three young adults, Minister Smalls is a licensed gradaute professional counselor (LGPC) in the State of Maryland as well as a Certified Life Coach (Orange County Life Coaching Institute). She is also a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid for Adults and Youth.

With 24+ years of experience serving individuals living with mental health challenges and substance use disorders, she is currently employed at People Encouraging People as a Mental Health Clinician/Case Manager/Homeless Outreach Worker.

Dr. La Keita D. Carter, a licensed psychologist in Maryland, specializes in trauma, sexual wellness and relationships, addictions, women’s issues, and cultural barriers to treatment. A native Baltimorean, Dr. Carter completed her bachelor’s degree at Temple University (magna cum laude) as well as master’s and doctoral degrees at Loyola University Maryland. Aside from being a licensed psychologist, she is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and licensed clinical alcohol & drug counselor (LCADC) in Maryland.

Dr. Carter is the owner and CEO of the Institute for HEALing, LLC (iHEAL), an award-winning, nationally-accredited wellness agency based in Owings Mills, MD that specializes in the treatment of mental health disorders in children, teens, and adults. In addition to her practice, she teaches psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Affectionately known as “Dr. C” by her patients and graduate students, she has authored three psychology textbooks and regularly writes articles related to sexual health, wellness, and relationships in her Psychology Today column, Inside Intimacy.

Read her full bio here: https://www.lakeitadcarter.com/about-dr-carter

Workshop Co-sponsorship

This activity is being co-sponsored by Empowerment Temple AME Church and the Institute for HEALing, LLC (iHEAL).


April 13
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


4217 Primrose Ave
4217 Primrose Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215 United States