Classes, trainings, and talks

ADHD Parent Education and Training Workshop Series

The Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections (CAYAC) service is offering a three-part ADHD parent education workshop for parents with children ages 6-13. This workshop series is intended to provide education, guidance, and concrete strategies for parenting a child with ADHD. Each session is one hour long and attending all sessions is recommended. Every family attending will receive a copy of a parenting book ("Mindful Parenting for ADHD" by Mark Bertin, M.D.). Lunch will be provided at the training.

Workshop Dates:

  • Wednesday November 7th 12:00-1:00pm
  • Wednesday November 14th 12:00-1:00pm
  • Wednesday November 28th 12:00-1:00pm


CAYAC Office
1302 S. Shields St. A1-2
Fort Collins


$20 per family (total for the three-part series)

Spots are limited, so please RSVP to the CAYAC program care coordinator, Ana Pasini (, reserve your spot. At that time please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions. If you have questions about the ADHD workshop, please contact the CAYAC program at 970-530-2842. You can also e-mail Ana Pasini with questions you have. Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the time of the first workshop
ADHD workshop topics include:

  1. Overview of the brain science behind ADHD and how to use that information to inform parenting style
  2. Learn how to assess for and build on your child’s strengths in light of their challenges as a child with ADHD
  3. Learn parent strategies for addressing unwanted behavior or acting out at home
  4. Learn how to support your child living up to their fullest potential
  5. Learn how to address social and interpersonal difficulties your child may be having due to ADHD
  6. Learn how to support your child in achieving academically
  7. Learn how to work with the school to ensure your child is getting the supports (if any) they need


Suicide prevention training

Connections offers free suicide prevention training. The hour-long training is held twice monthly on Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon at the Health District offices, 120 Bristlecone Drive, Fort Collins.

Called QPR Training, this suicide prevention training teaches participants how to question people about suicide, persuade them to accept professional help, and refer them to community resources. Key subjects covered include:

  • 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

Trainings are held at the Health District, 120 Bristlecone Drive, Fort Collins.

Evening trainings are held on Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Upcoming trainings:

  • December 4

Daytime trainings are held on Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m.
Upcoming trainings:

  • November 14

There is no cost, but registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Emily Leetham at or 970-494-4370. Light snacks will be provided.


Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour, evidenced-based course that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems; builds understanding of their impact and provides an overview of appropriate supports. Participants learn how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care.

Those who practice mental health first aid do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers people concrete tools and answers key questions such as “What do I do?” and “Where can someone find help?”

The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people, such as parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other community providers.

The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, and disruptive disorders (including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder).

These trainings are free, but space is limited. Snacks are included. All trainings are held at the Health District, 120 Bristlecone Drive, Fort Collins, unless otherwise noted. or more information or to reserve a spot, contact Emily Leetham at 970-530-2883 or

Upcoming trainings:

  • There are no trainings currently scheduled. Check back for future training dates.


Parent Education Speaker Series

The Health District is offering a series of free, evening talks for parents on mental health and substance use topics. Dinner is included. The talks are 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Health District, 120 Bristlecone Drive, Fort Collins, unless otherwise noted. They are organized by the Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections (CAYAC) service at the Health District’s Connections program.

Topics include:

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
"How to Talk to a Loved One about Eating and Body Issues"

Presenter: Rebekah Knight-Baughman, Ph.D., Licensed psychologist

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018
"What is Going On in Their Brain?"

Neurodevelopmental changes and societal perspectives affecting teenagers today
Presenter Megan Brice, MS, LPCC, NCC

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
"You Deserve a Break"

Self care: taking care of yourself when you are taking care of others
Presenter: Stephanie Torres, Bilingual Victim Services Coordinator for SAVA (Sexual Assault Victim Advocate)

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
"Play Therapy 101"

A parent's guide to play therapy and how it can help
Presenter: Heather Truschel, MC LPC, RPT
NOTE: Location for this talk will be the CAYAC office, 1302 S. Shields St., A1-3, Fort Collins

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
"Teens and Substance Use"

Education and resources for parents regarding substance use and lower risk factors
Presenter: Mark Grebener, LCSW, LAC, CHT

Participants can attend single sessions or the whole series. There is no charge, but reservations are required.

For more information or to reserve a space, contact Ana Pasini, 970-530-2842, or