Community Workshops

With the exception of the Youth Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health First Aid course (8 Hours), all listed workshops are one to two hours in duration.
One-hour workshops typically provide basic information and concepts. Longer workshops provide opportunities for presenters to cover more information, expand on concepts, and may include more interactions, discussions, and/or activities.
Workshop content may also be customized to the specific needs of the audience.

Counseling 101

This workshop will answer the following questions: What is counseling? What is the goal of counseling? What happens in a counseling session? How does counseling help families and individuals? What are true and what are false ideas people have about counseling? How can we reduce the stigma associated with mental health and counseling?

Recommended Audience: youth and adults.

Bullying: What Parents & Youth Need to Know

This workshop will equip parents and youth with knowledge about the complex issue of bullying. Information will include recognizing bullying, responding effectively, preventing bullying, and working with schools for a positive outcome.

Recommended Audience: youth 12 and up, adults.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds an understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

Recommended Audience: Adults 18 and up, some exceptions will be made for under 18.

Parenting Young Children

This workshop discusses positive parenting which focuses on prevention and positive interventions. Parents will gain knowledge about effective parenting styles, the difference between punishment vs. discipline, how to effectively manage challenging behaviors, and how to foster qualities such as respect, responsibility, and resilience.

Recommended audience: Parents of young children.

Parenting Teens

This workshop will discuss what to expect during the teen years, differentiate between typical teen behaviors vs. problematic behaviors, identify typical issues in raising teens today and explore both proactive and reactive research-based practical parenting strategies.

Recommended Audience: Parents of young children and teens.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

YMHFA is an 8-hour course designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who are experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. YMHFA is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Recommended Audience: Adults 18 and up, some exceptions will be made for under 18.

How to Become a Muslim Foster Family in 3 Steps

Our community is in dire need of Muslim foster parents. This workshop will provide information about the process and will walk individuals, either single or married, through the three (3) steps of becoming licensed foster parents.

Recommended Audience: Adults.

Raising Teens in a New Country

(In Farsi/Dari, Pashto, & Arabic)
Raising teens can be very difficult. It can be especially challenging for families who are also adjusting to being in a new country. With knowledge and awareness, parents will be well equipped to help and guide their teens to become successful and responsible adults. This presentation covers topics that often come up in families raising teenagers in the U.S. and include: cultural identity, discipline, friends, bullying, school and community involvement, internet use, substance prevention, safety, education, life skills, and more.

Available Soon

– Raising Children in a New country (in Farsi/Dari, Pashto & Arabic)
– Family Violence Prevention and Services

To request a Workshop:

We recommend that you request a workshop for at least one month in advance.

All workshops are provided for free. A short notice workshop might incur a fee.
Please send an email to info@mas-ssf.org with the following information or fill out the contact form and one of our staff will contact you.

Workshop title
Preferred date and time
Location

After we confirm our availability of the date, we will send over a workshop contract and finalize the details.