CHRIS 180 launches, expanding mental health training program in metro Atlanta

The CHRIS Counseling Center - DeKalb is located at 3103 Clairmont Road NE, Suite B in Atlanta. (Courtesy of CHRIS 180)

CHRIS 180, a nonprofit providing trauma-informed behavioral health services and wraparound support, is expanding its in-person and virtual training program across seven Southeastern states, including Georgia.

The various courses are designed to help parents, teachers, social service professionals, and licensed therapists better recognize and address a range of mental health and social issues, according to a press release.

“Our goal with these courses is to provide caregivers with the tools needed to provide the best care to their patients and clients,” said Anne Connell, chief clinical officer at CHRIS 180. “By offering top-notch training, we can support those in a mental health crisis and provide the best foundation to those in the role of caregiver.”

The offerings cover trauma, self-care, sexuality, program management, supervision, and trauma-informed leadership. The challenges facing children and adults evolve constantly, and these courses offer the “leading practices” in their fields.

Many of the courses count towards continuing education for participants who need education hours. Other courses provide an education on topics essential to mental health caregivers or program managers.

The courses include:

— Increasing Safety and Trust

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— Assessments

–Therapy Trainings

— Ethics

— Creating LGBTQ+ inclusive workplaces and understanding realities of the LGBTQ+ community

— Other management classes include grant management, grant writing and preventing burnout.

More information on the sessions, including details on registration, can be found here.

CHRIS 180 was founded in 1981 and works with children, adults, families and communities. The organization has worked with over 200,000 clients to build resilience and heal from trauma, while becoming a leader in child welfare and a thought leader in supporting underserved and traumatized communities across Metro Atlanta, the press release says.

CHRIS is an acronym that stands for our core values: Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity, Safety. 180 represents change, as our organization is changing directions and changing lives.

The CHRIS Counseling Center – DeKalb is located at 3103 Clairmont Road NE, Suite B in Atlanta, near Brookhaven.