Training Opportunities

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to identify and support adolescents (12-18 years old) who are at risk or displaying warning signs of mental health/substance use problems or experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid training is beneficial for adults working with youth in a variety of settings including school, hospitals/medical clinics, social services, youth groups. The curriculum used is through USA Mental Health First Aid

Training Dates

All training sessions are located at 3010 Grand Avenue, 3rd Floor Board Room, Waukegan, Illinois from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

  • April 20, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 100 S. Greenleaf Street, Gurnee, IL 60031 (co-hosted by Warren Township Youth & Family Services)
  • May 3, 2018
  • June 21, 2018 [CLASS FULL]
  • July 13, 2018, 1st Floor Grand Room [CLASS FULL]
  • More training dates to be announced!

Note: all sessions include a 30 minute lunch break on your own.

Intended Audience

Adults (18 years or older) who regularly interact with adolescents (12-18 years old) parents, teachers, coaches, medical personnel, youth group leaders, etc. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify risk factors and warning signs of mental health and addiction problems.
  2. Review typical adolescent development and common health/addiction problems
  3. Review 5 step action plan designed to help an adolescent experiencing mental health crisis or mental health/addiction problems.
  4. Identify professional, peer, and self-help resources available.

About the Presenters

Karen Wright, LCPC, is a therapist specializing in trauma at the Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health Services program at the Lake County Health Department. Since 2008, she has dedicated herself to helping children struggling with mental health problems. Karen has conducted crisis assessments, individual/family/group therapy, and case management services. She has also developed and facilitated trauma-informed parenting groups to educate and support parents/caregivers with children impacted by trauma. Her passion continues to grow as she has recently been certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer. She enjoys educating the community on mental health issues and continues to work diligently to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness. 

Amy Greskiw, LCPC, is a therapist specializing in trauma at the Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health Services Program at the Lake County Health Department. For the past 15 years, Amy has been providing individual, group, and family therapy, case management, and crisis assessments to youth and families. She also leads therapy groups at an annual camp for young people who have lost loved ones to homicide. Amy has recently been certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer, and has developed a passion for reducing stigma about mental illness, and teaching others how to help youth struggling with mental health issues.  

Registration Information

Advanced registration is required, as these classes fill up quickly. Please inquire about class availability before sending registration and payment. If you have questions, or would like additional information, please contact Angie Stefani at (847) 377-8961 or by emailing


  • $20 per participant
  • FREE for Lake County employees

Registration Form