The UACF Parent Leadership Institute was established to empower
families to coach, mentor, lead, and use their ‘lived experience’
to bring positive transformation to the mental health system.
Through natural community support systems that connect families
to existing local resources, the Institute builds bridges between
family members, providers, and mental health professionals to
help children, youth, and their families experiencing mental
The Institute provides education, training, peer to peer support,
and technical assistance to parents/caregivers, faith based
organizations, UACF regional chapters, and Parent Partner/Family
Advocates employed in the mental health system. Peer developed
curriculum is designed to facilitate systems transformation that
is grounded in family-centered, youth driven, and culturally
competent practices. The Institute also provides relevant news
and information on children’s mental health and manages special
projects in the areas of early childhood mental health,
school-based programs, juvenile justice, and transitional age
Awarded the 2013 “Program of the Year” at the 33rd
Annual CMHACY Conference
Ideal for Parent Partner/Family Advocates and parents/caregivers
who currently or previously have parented a child receiving
services in the mental health system, this three (3) day
train-the-trainer course will certify participants to conduct the
14 week EES course in their community.
This three (3) day training is ideal for newly hired Parent
Partner/Family Advocates as well as parents/caregivers who are
either currently employed or have an interest in employment in
the public mental health system.
This curriculum, designed to specifically prepare individuals for
entrance into the mental health workforce in a manner that is
ethical, successful, cultural and linguistically competent, is
built upon family driven and youth guided principles.
Mental Health First Aid is a national education program that
helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of
mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First
Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national
authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral
Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,
and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
UACF offers an extensive selection of Soft Skills training
designed to enhance individual interpersonal skills, job
performance and career development. Participants receive
handouts, worksheets, power point slides, student training manual
and a UACF certificate of completion.
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If you or a loved one is in immediate crisis, please call 911
or visit the nearest emergency room.
The UACF Hope Line is a message system for parents and caregivers
that provides resources and connections to individuals in your
community that may be able to assist you in finding appropriate
support services for your child’s mental health needs. Feel free
to leave a message on the UACF Hope Line and your call will be
returned as promptly as possible.