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The need for mental health awareness grows ever stronger in the long-term care community, and Activities play a major role in helping residents maintain quality of life, which directly links to mental health. 


TMWC Activity Professional Academy has connected with experts in the field to deliver a seminar that explores the mental health needs of residents AND provides a foundation of knowledge for professionals through the Mental Health First Aid Certification Training. Participants will receive 9 Continuing Education Credits for Activity Professionals.

Seminar Schedule

The Activities and Mental Health Seminar is divided into three blocks over a 1-day virtual conference using Zoom. 

Block 1: Mental Health & Therapeutic Activities (1 hour)

Block 2: Mental Health First Aid Training Part 1 (3 hours)

Block 3: Mental Health First Aid Training Part 2 (3 hours)

There is a 30-minute break between block 2 and 3. 

Students are also required to complete the independent curriculum required (2 hours) for the Mental Health First Aid program. This material will be sent to students prior to the first block.

Next Class TBA
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About the Instructors

Erin Callinan is a nationally recognized Mental Health Speaker, Author, and Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. She is the Founder of Beneath The Brave where she provides cutting-edge training and consulting to help amplify workplaces, careers, and lives by strengthening mental health. She holds a Master's of Social Work from Arizona State University and brings with her 14 years of non-profit leadership experience in the field of mental health, domestic violence, crisis advocacy, and sexual assault. Erin's passion for rewriting the narrative about mental health began in college as she adapted to “living with” rather than suffering from her mental health diagnosis at 17. In 2013, Erin authored and published her book, “Beautifully Bipolar: An Inspiring Look Into Mental Illness” and began her career in mental health advocacy and motivational speaking.

Nancy Richards, founder of Activity Pathways is a PA native who lives in a small walkable town with plenty of wonder to explore. As a seasoned Activity Professional is endlessly enthusiastic about purpose, exploration and play, elements of human wellness using engaging activity experiences. Pursuing this vocation, she dreamed of since Middle School, hovers at the intersection of mental health and recreation, is on a mission to make them part of the national conversation and continues to serve adults in an acute, co-occurring (mental health and substance use disorders) program in suburban Philadelphia. A graduate of Wesley College and Gwynedd Mercy University, with an emphasis in Gerontology, designs products, workshops, and speaks nationally. In 2021 released her second sensory engagement workbook, That Makes Sense! Sensory Ideas to Refresh Life. Inspired by Dr. Stuart Brown’s quote “Play shapes the brain, fostering empathy and is at the core of creativity and innovation.”

NOTE: this class must have 8 participants minimum to run. Maximum of 20 students.

Portions of the proceeds will benefit the National Association of Activity Professionals Cultural Competency Scholarship & the Coalition of Resident Councils.

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