Classes, trainings, and talks


CAYAC Speaker Series:
ADHD in Children


Troubled teenThe Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections (CAYAC) team is offering a four-part education workshop series on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for parents with children ages 6-13.

The workshop is intended to provide education, guidance, and concrete strategies for parenting a child with ADHD. Each session is one-hour. Attending all sessions is recommended.

Workshops will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, noon to 1 p.m., at the CAYAC offices, 1302 S. Shields St., Suites A1-2, Fort Collins.

Cost is $40 for the entire series. Scholarships are available.

Every family attending will receive a copy of the parenting strategies book "Mindful Parenting for ADHD," by Mark Bertin. Lunch will be provided.

Participants attending the workshop will learn:

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

Spots are limited. Registration is required. Contact the CAYAC program care coordinator, Ana Pasini, to reserve your spot at or 970-530-2842. Please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions. For questions about the ADHA workshop, contact the CAYAC program at 970-530-2842, or email Ana Pasini.


Connections Speaker Series

Connections is offering a six-week series of mental health and substance use talks for adults on Wednesdays beginning Feb. 6. All talks are free. Participants can attend single talks or the entire series. All talks are 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Health District, 120 Bristlecone Drive, Fort Collins.

  • Feb.13 – Older Adult Mental Health
  • Feb. 20 – Medication Assisted Treatment for Substance Use
  • Feb. 27 – Men’s Mental Health
  • March 6 – Eating Disorders
  • March 13 - Anxiety
  • March 27 - Marijuana Policy and Enforcement in Colorado (rescheduled from Feb. 6)

Free dinner is provided. Registration is required. Contact Emily at or 970-530-2883.


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.

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 offices, 120 Bristlecone Drive, Fort Collins.

Upcoming trainings:

  • Monday, Feb, 25, Noon - 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 26, Noon - 1 p.m.

There is no cost, but registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Emily Leetham at or 970-530-2883. Light snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.


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.

Mental health first aid logo

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:

  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Youth-focused)