Mental Health Re-entry

Course Available
2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Become a Leader with Mental Health First Response Awareness - A Fully Online Program

Words often fail to describe the emotional turmoil and long term trauma experienced long after the initial crisis has ended. What happens when everyone else has "moved on" or forgotten? Is there a proper time period in which to grieve? How can schools memorialize a loss without engaging in painful reminders? What about more practical concerns such as the need to make up for lost time and extended periods of absence, the loss of physical records and even the need to follow-up with students who may be graduating or moving to a new school? These are just a few of the issues to be addressed in re-entry.

Students frequently encounter barriers when returning to school following a behavioral health crisis or other event. Research has found a lack of consistency in program protocols that address school re-entry plans. Concerns over copy-cat and contagion events exacerbate the problem and may impede proper community communication. Last but not least, the lack of support, structured planning, and limited communication between providers, family, and school may increase secondary and/or tertiary risk factors for academic, social and emotional outcomes among students.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12 educators, as well as other school professionals, such as school nurses, psychologists, counselors and administrators. Parents and school volunteers can also benefit from this program.

Required Materials: Text, by Carolyn Lunsford Mears, available at your local bookstore or online at

Technical Requirements


EDU-X791J, Introduction to Mental Health First Response is recommended, but not required, to be completed prior to taking this course.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDU-X795J – 029 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Mental Health Re-entry

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Monica Hubert

Once you have enrolled in your course, to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify strategies to reduce the risk of secondary and tertiary mental health problems after a crisis event
  • Describe factors related to contagion and copycat events
  • Identify risk symptoms of survivors’ guilt, trauma membrane, and other related issues
  • Implement post-event best practices for communication
  • Evaluate re-entry and transition planning, reporting, and response measures


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