Professional Development for Schools & Youth Serving Organizations

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An all-inclusive, year-long, train the trainer program; 2 individuals from a campus are trained to become Emotional Backpack Facilitators. Facilitators teach the modules to their home campus, equipping staff to better support the mental health needs of students and families.

Some helpful information regarding the program:

  • Facilitators will be trained on all five modules by Center Professional Development staff
  • Modules are 1.5 hours in length and include a variety of activities and videos to reflect different learning styles
  • Facilitators will receive access to all training materials following the completion of the train the trainer sessions
  • Each facilitator will receive a continuing education credit certificate (upon request)
  • Materials are updated on an annual basis to ensure they are reflective of current mental and behavioral health information



Children’s Mental Health 

1.5-hour module that defines mental health, discusses signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder, and how to hold empathetic conversations.

Trauma Informed Environments

1.5-hour module that examines how trauma affects brain development, grief and loss, and how to create a trauma-informed environment.


Youth Suicide Prevention

1.5-hour module about the myths and facts of suicide and how to intervene with youth struggling with suicidal ideation.


Trauma Informed Practitioners

1.5-hour module created as a follow-up to Trauma Informed Environments. This module equips individuals with the skills needed to communicate and respond in a trauma-informed manner and how to support youth who have been exposed to trauma or chronic stress.


Self-care for Educators

1.5-hour module that covers employee burn out, how to set achievable SMART goals, and how to develop a self-care plan.

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