Summer Workshops

OrACRAO hosts workshops every August to provide an affordable opportunity for professional development and networking for the membership. 
Workshop topics range from practical issues relevant to front line staff to higher-level issues of concern to managers and administrators.

 OrACRAO Summer Workshop

Thursday, August 15th
Linn-Benton Community College
Albany Campus
North Santiam Hall
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

$60 (Regular Registration) includes catered lunch
(minimum 20 registrants needed for workshop to proceed - maximum capacity 36)

Workshop cancelled due to not enough individuals registered.  
Participants who have registered and paid will be refunded as soon as possible.
The OrACRAO Exec committee will work to reschedule this important workshop.

Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education

Why Mental Health First Aid?

It’s easy to tell when someone is having a heart attack, is choking or can’t breathe. But what does depression look like? Or anxiety? Would you know how to respond when someone says they are thinking about suicide?

Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training — which focuses on the unique experiences and needs of college students — gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

 About the Trainer

Hilary Harrison, Health Education Coordinator – Mental Health 
Samaritan Health Services

"I am a foster and adoptive parent of three children who have significant trauma and mental health concerns. This experience has led me to work in children’s mental health advocacy and become the Executive Director of CASA of Linn County. As one of the area’s first Mental Health First Aid trainers, my passion is educating our community to decrease stigma and increase people’s ability to help others."

What You Will Learn

The eight-hour course provides you with the tools to identify signs of a mental health problem or crisis and get help for someone who is showing these signs. 


·       A discussion of campus culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health.

·       A discussion of the specific stress and risk factors faced by those in higher education.

·       Applying the action plan in a number of scenarios designed specifically for faculty, administration and students.

·       A review of the mental health resources available on campus and through partnerships in the community.

The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:

·       Assess for risk of suicide or harm

·       Listen non-judgmentally

·       Give reassurance and information

·       Encourage appropriate professional help

·       Encourage self-help and other support strategies