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TRAIN THE TRAINER

Since 2013, Breaking the Silence / New Mexico has offered ten trainings to professionals and nonprofessionals interested in utilizing the BTS/NM curriculum in the classroom. We have also mentored a number of high school youth to present BTS/NM lessons to their peers.

Our objective is to train facilitators to present Breaking the Silence / New Mexico (BTS/NM)— two scripted 45-minute lessons on mental illness and suicide— to upper elementary, middle and high school students. The training prepares professionals and non-professionals to teach the introductory lessons, which provide the language necessary for teens to talk about the often taboo topic of mental illness.

The lesson is broken down into manageable segments. Included in the training are the manual and materials for presenting in the classroom. To join the team of dedicated BTS/NM presenters who are educating New Mexico youth about mental illness and suicide in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Española, Pojoaque, and Zuni Pueblo, contact Barbara, Program Director @ info.breakingthesilence@gmail.com.

UPCOMING TRAININGS

Mental health is essential to learning as well as to the social and emotional development of youth.

To learn more… and/or to register for a training:,
please contact Sandy @ training.breakingthesilence.nm@gmail.com with your name and phone number and she will call you.

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 / Albuquerque
  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 / Taos

Join us for a Breaking the Silence / New Mexico training if you’re interested in busting stigma around mental illness and suicide in middle & high school classrooms

Objective:  To train facilitators to present Breaking the Silence / New Mexico (BTS / NM), two scripted 45-minute lessons on mental illness, to middle and high school students. Note: The training will prepare professionals and non- professionals to teach both lessons.

You will receive the manual, training, and support along the way in order to join the team of dedicated BTS/NM presenters who are educating New Mexico youth about mental illness in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Española, Pojoaque, and Taos.

Goal:  To provide the language necessary for middle and high school youth to talk about the often taboo topic of mental illness in order to replace stereotypes with facts and stigma with compassion.

Cost:  $25 fee is non-refundable and includes training, materials and lunch. Please make checks to: Compassionate Touch Network, 1000 Cordova Place, #436, Santa Fe, NM 87505. 

CEUs Available: 5 ½ CEUs from the National Association of Social Workers-New Mexico for Social Workers and LPCCs. Additional cost for CEUs is $50.

COMMUNITY FORUMS

The Community Forum is designed as a necessary complement to our school-based program and grew by demand from school based health providers, school administrators and staff, parents, and community leaders. Our one to one and one-half hour forums are designed to fit the needs of each unique group that we are working with and,

  • Use the power of personal story to challenge myths reinforcing stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide,
  • Assist people to gain insight into support that individuals with an illness and their families need,
  • Educate people to view mental illnesses like any chronic illness,
  • Build the case for increasing student access to mental health education and professionals; and,
  • Establish mental illness, suicide, and anti-stigma education as critical to health education.