Building Resilience in Essex Families

Training Calendar and Registration

Instructions: Use code WORKBOOK2023 to download free audiobook and worksheets

Request a Resiliency in Action Training for your organization, school, or community group!

Resiliency in Action Training is available for Essex County NY groups! You will be matched with a member of the Essex County Resiliency Trainer Network. Trainings are customizable and cover the internal and external protective factors that help people bounce back from adversity, as well as practical resiliency building tools for all ages and audiences.

All instructors are certified through extensive training with Dr. Nan Henderson through the Resiliency in Action program.

Trauma Responsive and Resilience Informed Care Training:

Provides foundational knowledge on the effects of toxic stress, trauma, and adversity on health and well-being. In addition, this training content includes an exploration of the interconnectedness of racism and trauma. This OMH-approved training serves as a standard approach and increases the capacity of individuals and organizations to promote trauma-responsive, equity-based practices that are sustainable and support holistic health across Essex County and and state-wide. Free for organizations unable to fund through their own professional development budgets. 6 hours total (can be delivered in three 2-hour sessions).

Learn more about upcoming trainings here.

Caregiver Support: Nurturing Parenting Together

Free and open to the pubic

Scheduled Nurturing Parenting Classes 2023
Download ACAP Parenting Education Brochure

Read the SUN Community News article about these classes: Help available for stressed parents 

Parents and caregivers who want to learn more or to register can contact Emma Jean Okusky at 518-420-6808 or at

Suicide Prevention: QPR Training

If you or someone you know are struggling or at risk, please call or text 988 immediately.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

  • Free for individuals serving Essex County residents and community members.
  • Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
  • Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.
  • QPR can be learned in a Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.
  • Course is taught in a clear, concise format using the latest in educational technology and practices. 

Key points covered in training:

  • How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
  • The common causes of suicidal behavior
  • The warning signs of suicide
  • How to get help for someone in crisis

>>>PLEASE READ EVERY STEP: Instructions for trainees to access this 1 hour self-paced QPR certification course are below. Fee is pre-paid by BRIEF. 

  1. After reading steps below, navigate to:
  2. Enter the organization code ECMH
  3. Select Create Account
  4. Complete and submit student registration form
  5. QPR will display and email the newly created Username and Password.
  6. Student can log in to begin training at
  7. Upon completion students can print certificate to document

Inquire about Essex County-focused in-person or live online QPR Training: or contact BRIEF

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