Training for youth programming professionals

2019 course offerings

The UW–Madison Office of Precollege/Youth Programming and Compliance is offering two courses for youth programming professionals such as teachers, school staff, counselors, youth group leaders, coaches, parents, and other adults who work with young people.


Youth Mental Health First Aid

Begins January 2019

This course will teach parents, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge, or is in crisis. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders.


Participants will learn:

  • Common mental health challenges for youth
  • Typical adolescent development
  • A five-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations

Spring 2019 Dates

Tuesday, March 26
Monday, April 29
Tuesday, April 30
Monday, June 10

Training: 8am – Noon, 1pm-5pm
Lunch break: Noon-1pm (lunch on your own)


Register for Youth Mental Health First Aid


The Architecture of Effective Compliance within Youth Programming in Higher Education Deep Dive

Fall 2019

This course will explore compliance architecture of effective practices and procedures that protect minors in open-campus settings at institutions of higher education. Participants will learn how to:

  • Assess the current state of youth programming and compliance
  • Create effective compliance frameworks for youth programming
  • Evaluate current and future compliance plans

Dates for this training are yet to be determined.

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