Course Description

Strategies for assessing and managing clinical crises are changing due to greater acuity of mental health needs, a rapidly increasing demand for mental health services, accessibility issues, limited availability of services, and chronic social isolation due to the pandemic.  This training explores a model for empowering individuals to mobilize internal resources in order to discern a mental health crisis from a difficult emotional experience and offers a variety of self-administered grounding and coping tools that can be used within clinical settings as well as between sessions and appointments.  Sessions are structured to offer very practical and experiential guidance around the introduction of the tools, how to teach individuals how to use the tools, how the tools can be adapted and personalized and how the deployment of the tools can be collaborative and empowering.

Approved for Continuing Education

*Please note: In order to be eligible for CE credit, you must register with your full name (as it appears on your professional license) and your license state and number.

Approved for 2 contact/clock hours of continuing education credit by the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois in collaboration with the University of Illinois Department of Family Medicine for the following professions:

  • Acupuncturist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Counselor-Professional/Clinical
  • Dentist/Dental Hygienist
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Marriage and Family Counselor
  • Nurse (APN, RN, LPN)
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Occupational Therapist/COTA
  • Physical Therapist/PTA
  • Psychologist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Social Worker


Guest Instructor

Jenn Brandel

Jenn Brandel is a licensed clinical social worker in Boston with over twenty years of experience working as a psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and consultant. Her work centers around the use of mindfulness and humor to promote compassionate practices, healing and connection. She has been recognized as a leader in her field - making numerous media appearances and speaking at conferences and professional venues throughout New England. She is the author of "My Crisis Plan: What I Need to Get Through the Darkness" and "When Rabbits Spill Their Tea: Metaphors to Guide Us Through Difficult Times."

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