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Continuing Professional Development – Staff Training & Development Opportunities

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Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (Public Health Scotland)   various dates Nov 23                          

Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid, (SMHFA) is a national certificated course. It is a 12-hour course delivered over two days. 

The SMHFA training course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in mental wellbeing. Participants don’t need any qualifications, previous knowledge or experience to complete the course.

The course is facilitated by a qualified SMHFA instructor and quality is continuously monitored by Public Health Scotland. 

A range of mental health issues are discussed in this interesting and interactive course through group discussion, videos and case studies.

Participants will learn how to provide initial help to someone experiencing a mental health problem. It looks at dealing with a crisis situation, use of effective interventions and the treatments available.

Five good reasons to attend a SMHFA course:

  • Participants will be able to respond appropriately in a mental health crisis.
  • Participants will be able to recognise the signs that someone may need help.
  • Provide initial help and signpost people to the appropriate professional help.
  • Help save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills.
  • Promote wellbeing and recovery.


A course manual and certificate will be awarded on completion               of the 12-hour course.  

Please contact Fiona Macrae at RAMH if you are interested

Trauma Informed Practice training Various dates Nov 23- March 24

Small Change Big Impact Workshop 

Trauma is everyone’s business and every member of the Scottish Workforce has a role to play in understanding and responding to people affected by trauma. This does not mean that everyone needs to be a trauma expert – we know that different expertise and skills are required to support people’s recovery – but it does mean that all workers, in the context of their own role and work remit, have a unique and essential trauma informed role to play in responding to people who are affected by trauma. Being ‘trauma informed’ means being able to recognise the prevalence of trauma and the impact it can have on individuals with a view to ensuring that we create a supportive environment that prioritises safety, trust and empathy. We hope that by holding facilitated conversations staff will adopt the mantra “see the person differently and you will see a different person” and recognise that it is the small changes that have the biggest impact! 

The 2.5-hour workshop will support Employability practitioners to increase there understanding of what being “trauma informed” means in line with the National Trauma Training Programme  Every participant will receive a workbook they can complete during session and take away for as a future resource.

Please contact Fiona Macrae at RAMH if you are interested

Gambling Awareness Workshops , Tuesday 21st Nov 2 – 4pm or Thursday 23rd Nov 10 – 12

Understanding Gambling Harms and the Links to Gaming: 2 hour webinar

Following a harm reduction approach, we will discuss how to talk about gambling with the individuals and groups that you work with, and we’ll share free educational resources with links to specialist support.

Participants will:

– Gain knowledge of current issues surrounding gambling related to children, young people and families

– Gain an increased awareness and understanding of gambling harms

-Identify the links with childhood trauma and attachment

– Develop an understanding about gambling-like features within video games and how these can possibly lead to gambling harms

– Be more prepared to lead conversations and facilitate activities or discussion around gambling and gaming with children, young people or families

– Be able to identify and recognise the signs of gambling harms, and know how and where to signpost for additional support

Contact Melissa McGrogan to book –