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Professional Development

LCTCS has partnered with Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) who recently secured funding to expand Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training in Louisiana. This FREE virtual training for the LCTCS community is designed to increase capacity of individuals and partners to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness and to safely de-escalate a crisis, to increase the number of MHFA training opportunities to individuals working in community and technical colleges, and to increase access to mental health and substance use disorder resources, support systems, and referrals in Louisiana. 

Training Opportunities

March Dates

March 20 & 21: Two day training, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm each day (register here)

April Dates

April 17 & 18: Two day training, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm each day (register here)

may Dates

May 15 & 16: Two day training, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm each day (register here)

May 22 & 23: Two day training, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm each day (register here)

June Dates

June 11 & 12: Two day training, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm each day (register here)


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can participate in the training? 
A: Any community college employee or student
Q: How many community college employees can participate? 
A: Unlimited
Q: How long is the training? 
A: 10 hours - 2 hours of online pre-work and,  (2) 4 hour virtual workshops or (1) 8 hour virtual workshop
Q: When are the adult trainings scheduled?
o    March 20 & 21 (OPEN NOW)
o    April 17 & 18 (OPEN NOW)
o    May 15, 16, 22 & 23 (OPEN NOW)
o    June 11 & 12 (OPEN NOW)
o    July 17 & 18 (will open March 25)
o    August 21 & 22 (will open March 25)
o    September 18 & 19 (will open March 25)
o    October 16 & 17 (will open June 24)
o    November 13 & 14 (will open June 24)
o    December 11 & 12 (will open June 24)
Q: Is registration required? 
A: Yes, please register in advance of the scheduled training sessions.  A link is provided on the flyer.
Q: If someone receives the training and does not properly respond, is LCTCS or the college liable for the non-action? 
o    First Aiders who have completed the program are by no means required to act on their knowledge – but have simply been provided with information on how they may be able to do so. Application of course information does not supersede organization policies regarding mandatory reporting.
o    Good Samaritan laws cover help provided by First Aiders out in the community. 
o    LPHI also provides guidance in the training about self-care before anything. If a First Aider does not feel comfortable assessing a situation, they are by no means encouraged to continue pushing themselves to do so. Self-care is the first step.
Q: Who should I contact if I have questions regarding the specifics of the training? 
A: For questions about registration, training opportunities, or training requirements, please email our team at: [email protected]


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