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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

October Dates

October 24 & 25: Two day training, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm each day

November Dates

November 3: One day training, 9:00 am - 4:30pm

November 9 & 10: Two day training, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm each day

december Dates

December 8: One day training, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm 

December 12 & 13: Two day training, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm each day


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 trainings scheduled?
o    October 24 & 25
o    November 3, 9 & 10
o    December 8, 12 & 13
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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