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Taking in new information and learning different skills keeps people healthy over their lifetime. We continuously identify and offer new programs, trainings, and classes to meet the needs of our community—most at no or low cost to participants. We believe that an informed and empowered community is a healthier community!

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Family Programs

Programa Fortaleciendo Familias

para los padres y los jóvenes de 10-14 años

Cuándo: Este programa comienza el 18 de enero de 2024 y se reúne todos los jueves de 5:30 a 8:00 p.m. hasta el 29 de febrero de 2024

Donde: Burlington-Edison High School | 301 N Burlington Boulevard

Audiencia: Familias que hablan español en el condado de Skagit, WA con niños de 10 a 14 años.

Costo: Esta es una clase gratis

Contacto:
Email: Aide Guevara at Aide.Guevara@UnitedGeneral.org
Phone: 360-854-7172

El programa comenzará con una comida familiar que se llevará a cabo en la biblioteca de Burlington-Edison High School. Los facilitadores dirigirán a los adultos, jóvenes y niños adicionales que no participan en el programa pero que requieren cuidado infantil a los lugares correctos dentro de la escuela.

¡Todas las familias tienen fortalezas y el Programa Fortalecimiento Familias para Padres y Jóvenes 10-14 les ayuda a brillar! Este programa familiar de 7 semanas está basado en evidencia cientifica para personas con niños de 10 a 14 años. Este programa es reconocido tanto a nivel nacional como internacional. Los padres y los jóvenes asisten juntos a clases semanales aprendiendo más formas de navegar con éxito los primeros años de la adolescencia. Los padres y jóvenes construyen fortalezas, aumentan sus habilidades de comunicación, mejoran el manejo del estrés y encuentran formas de conectarse. Los padres y jóvenes tienen clases separadas durante la primera hora, la segunda hora es una sesión de práctica familiar. La cena y el cuidado de niños se proporcionan en este programa GRATUITO. Nos divertimos y aprendemos unos de otros en este divertido programa familiar.

Horario:
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Comida familiar
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Sesión para adultos, Sesión para jóvenes (separada)
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Sesión familiar conjunta

WIC Breastfeeding Class

Classes in English:

  • Thursday, Jan 18 @ 1 pm
  • Thursday, Feb 15 @ 4pm
  • Thursday, March 21st @ 1pm
  • Thursday, April 18th @ 1pm
  • Thursday, May 16th @ 1pm

Classes in Spanish:

  • Jueves, Enero 18 @ 4 pm
  • Jueves, Febrero 15 @ 2:15pm
  • Jueves, Marzo 21 @ 4pm
  • Jueves, Abril 18 @ 4pm
  • Jueves, Mayo 16 @ 4pm

WHERE: Online

AUDIENCE: Open to all pregnant people in Skagit County

COST: Free

You don’t have to be a “breastfeeding expert” to become a new parent, so we’ll help offer some information to get feeding off to a good start.
Learn about:

  • common concerns in the early days and how to overcome them
  • breastfeeding positions and tips for best latch
  • colostrum and how we make milk
  • hunger signals and other baby behaviors
  • how WIC staff can help

Breastfeeding is new to you and your baby and we are here for you to help you meet your breastfeeding goals.

Questions?

Contact United General WIC

Call: 360-854-0435
Email: WIC@UnitedGeneral.org

Strengthening Families Program

for parents/caregivers and youth 10-14

WHEN:
Tuesdays, Feb. 13 – Mar. 26 | 5:30 – 8 pm at Cascade Middle School | 905 McGarigle Rd., Sedro-Woolley
(there will be no class on March 19th)

or

Wednesdays, Feb. 7 – Mar. 20 | 5:30 – 8 pm at Anacortes Middle School | 2202 M Ave, Anacortes

AUDIENCE: Parents/Caregivers and their 10-14 year old(s). All families in Skagit are welcome!

COST: Free

If you have questions, please contact Erin Williams at Erin.Williams@UnitedGeneral.org or 360-854-7164

Dinner is included each week, and childcare for younger siblings is provided.

Weekly prizes!

All families have strengths! Over seven weeks the evidence-based Strengthening Families Program 10-14 helps bring them out by:

  • improving communication
  • encouraging healthy habits for youth
  • providing tools for parenting teens
  • making memories & having fun together

After a shared meal, parents and youth meet separately for one hour with certified program facilitators about that week’s topic. Then families meet together for an hour to practice what they learned and take part in fun activities!

Click here to see the weekly schedule

A Program for Parents of Children (ages 3-6)

WHEN: Tuesdays 9:30 am – 11:30 am, starting February 27 through May 28

WHERE: The Concrete Boys and Girls Club Portable (Behind Elementary School Gym)

AUDIENCE: Parents and caregivers of children ages 3-6

COST: Free

CONTACT: Stephanie Morgareidge Stephanie.Morgareidge@UnitedGeneral.org
360-854-7159

FACILITATED BY:

Stephanie Morgareidge

Atosha Rhoades

The Incredible Years® Programs are designed to enhance parenting skills and confidence while encouraging parental engagement. These evidence-based programs aim to improve children’s academic, social, and emotional abilities while decreasing behavioral issues. The programs are categorized based on age and customized to suit the child’s developmental stage.

The Incredible Years Toddler Parenting Program is an 14 week series for parents of children 3-6 years old. In this series, parents learn how to:

  • Help their child feel loved and secure
  • Encourage their child’s language, social, and emotional development
  • Establish clear and predictable routines
  • Handle separations and reunions
  • Use positive discipline to manage misbehavior
  • Build community with other parents facing similar challenges and wins in parenting

For more information on Incredible Years®, visit IncredibleYears.com

Bringing Baby Home

A Parenting and Relationship Program

This is a four-session workshop designed for both expecting and new parents.

Designed for both expecting and new parents, the Bringing Baby Home Program will give you skills and information to recognize and cope successfully with the normal stressors of becoming a family.

This program teaches couples how to:
• Increase friendship in their relationship
• Deal effectively with conflict
• Involve both partners in infant care and parenting
• Improve the quality of parent-child interaction
• Recognize the emotional needs of their child and each other

Learn more about Bringing Baby Home by visiting their website

Please complete this interest form for upcoming programs

Mental Health Promotion Classes

Mental Health First Aid

WHEN: Each attendee must complete 2 hours of online independent study prior to the class.

  • Friday, March 29 from 9 am – 4 pm | Mount Vernon Police Department
  • Tuesday, April 9 from 9 am – 4 pm | Skagit Valley College multipurpose room

AUDIENCE: Community members 18+

COST: $35 (lunch included)

Refund Policy:
Payment for Mental Health First Aid classes is non-refundable. If you cannot attend the in-person class on your scheduled date, please contact us as soon as possible. You may be able to reschedule to a future class or transfer your spot to another person. 

*If you would like to attend the course and cost is a barrier, please email me to discuss scholarship opportunities.

Mental Health First Aid teaches adults how to assist someone in the community, a friend, or a family member who is experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

When you take a course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:

  • Depression or anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Nonsuicidal self-injury
  • Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)
  • Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
  • Reaction to a traumatic event

The hybrid course format allows you to learn the basics online at your own pace, and then attend a live online or in-person session with a certified facilitator to apply and practice your skills through role plays, scenarios, and activities. The in-depth nature of this course allows you to feel prepared and confident when applying these skills in a real-life situation.

Questions?

Contact Fyn Rose
Email: Fyn.Rose@UnitedGeneral.org

Youth Mental Health First Aid

WHEN: In addition to the live classes listed below, each attendee must complete 2 hours of online independent study prior to the class.

  • Monday, February 26th, 2024 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

WHERE:
Howard Miller Steelhead Park
Clubhouse
52804 Rockport Park Road
Rockport, WA 98283

AUDIENCE: Anyone in Skagit County 18+

COST: $15

Participants who complete the course will receive accreditation as a Youth Mental Health First Aider

Refund Policy:
Payment for Youth Mental Health First Aid classes is non-refundable. If you cannot attend the in-person class on your scheduled date, please contact us as soon as possible. You may be able to reschedule to a future class or transfer your spot to another person. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches adults how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges in young people ages 13-18.

During the course you will learn:

  • The mechanics and how to apply the five-step ALGEE action plan for a compassionate response
  • Ways to interact with youth in crisis and non-crisis situations
  • Resources for emergencies and ongoing mental health support
  • Tools and techniques for self-care

As a participant, you will:

  • Complete 2 hours of self-study online
  • Attend an in-person instructor-led training
  • Participate during interactive lessons and practice important skills
  • Take a short quiz and earn certification as a Youth Mental Health First Aider
Woman comforting teenage girl

Questions?

Contact: Erin Williams

*If you would like to attend the course and cost is a barrier, please email me to discuss scholarship opportunities.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention

WHEN: 

  • Monday, March 4th | 10:30AM – 12PM
  • Thursday, April 4th | 2:30PM – 4PM
  • Tuesday, April 23rd | 10AM – 11:30AM

WHERE: Online

AUDIENCE: Anyone age 16+

COST: Free

Three steps anyone can take to save a life from suicide.

In Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), participants develop the skills to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Similar to CPR, QPR is an evidence-based suicide prevention program that provides lifesaving knowledge and steps to help someone in crisis. In QPR you learn:

  • Common myths and facts about suicide
  • Warning signs for suicide
  • How to ask someone directly if they are thinking about suicide
  • What you can do to support someone and get them the help they need

Questions?

Contact Fyn Rose


Email: Fyn.Rose@UnitedGeneral.org

Phone: 360-854-7150

Professional Education Classes & Events

Customized Mental Health First Aid training for your organization

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based trainings designed to teach skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to adults who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and connect them to the appropriate care. These courses are appropriate for anyone over the age of 18.

This training is available in an in-person 8 hour course, or a virtual/blended 4.5-5.5 hour course. Please complete the MHFA interest form and we will contact you to make arrangements and answer any questions you have

Questions? Contact Beth at Elizabeth.Ruth@UnitedGeneral.org or 360.854.7155

Customized QPR suicide prevention training for your organization

Suicide is everybody’s business. Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) teaches any adult (16+) how to support someone in crisis and get them to the help they need.  This free training talks about suicide myths and facts, warning signs for suicide, and how you can apply hope to save a life.

We can provide training virtually or in-person for your organization, with customized scenarios and Q & A sessions. Please complete our QPR Interest form and we will contact you to make arrangements and answer any questions you may have.

Questions? Contact Beth at Elizabeth.Ruth@UnitedGeneral.org or 360.854.7155

CPR, AED & First Aid Training
for your organization

Does your organization need to renew its CPR, AED & First Aid training?

We can provide training at your facilities or at our training center, with flexible times to work around your schedule! Please complete the interest form to get started.

Questions?

Contact Aide Guevara

Phone: 360-854-7172
Email: Aide.Guevara@UnitedGeneral.org

Health & Safety Classes

Overdose Response

WHEN:

  • Friday, February 9 @ 9:30 am

  • Monday, February 19 @ 12 pm

WHERE: Online

AUDIENCE: Anyone in Skagit County age 16+

COST: FREE

Anyone who uses opioids, including prescriptions, can be at risk for an overdose. Learn the steps for recognizing and responding to an overdose, including how to deliver Narcan® (aka naloxone) the medication that reverses an opioid overdose. Our online class provides you with the knowledge and confidence to respond effectively in an overdose crisis and save a life. Information about how to get naloxone at no cost will also be provided. This 45-minute training covers:

  • Opioids 101 – including fentanyl
  • Risk factors for overdose
  • Recognizing an opioid overdose
  • Good Samaritan Law
  • Steps for responding to an overdose
  • How to give Narcan
  • Self-care for responders

Although no training is required to carry or give naloxone, our online class provides you with the knowledge and confidence to respond effectively in an overdose crisis and save a life.

Questions?

Contact Elizabeth (Beth) Ruth
Email: Elizabeth.Ruth@UnitedGeneral.org

This training is provided at no cost thanks to funding from Northwest HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area)

Introduction to CPR Training

WHEN:

  • Saturday, April 6 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Friday, June 7 | 9 am – 11:30 am

WHERE: Cedarwood Center | 2100 Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley

AUDIENCE: Community members age 12+ interested in learning, or updating their CPR, AED & First Aid training.

COST: $30

Save Lives with CPR

Want to learn basic first aid and CPR but don’t need the certification card? This class is for you; come learn how to perform adult and infant CPR and first aid. This class is perfect for new parents bringing home baby, adults with young children or seniors at home, or anyone considering taking a certified CPR class but wanting to gain confidence with their skills in a low pressure setting. This class is open to anyone ages 12 and older. While you won’t receive certification at the end of this course, you will receive a high-level introduction and hands on experience to build confidence in your ability to respond to an emergency.

Questions?

Contact Stephanie Morgareidge
Email: Stephanie.Morgareidge@UnitedGeneral.org

Refund Policy:
Payment for CPR classes is non-refundable. If you cannot attend the in-person class on your scheduled date, please contact Stephanie at Stephanie.Morgareidge@UnitedGeneral.org as soon as possible. You may be able to reschedule to a future class or transfer your spot to another person.

American Red Cross CPR Training

WHEN:

  • Friday, February 16 | 2 – 6 pm – Registration closed
  • Friday, March 1 | 9 am – 1 pm 
  • Friday, April 19 | 9 am – 1 pm
  • Saturday, June 1 | 9 am – 1 pm

WHERE: Cedarwood Center | 2100 Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley

AUDIENCE: Community members age 12+ interested in learning, or updating their CPR, AED & First Aid training.

COST: $100 (a discounted price of $80 is available for households receiving benefits such as Basic Food, WIC, Apple Health).

Save Lives with CPR

With a half-million cardiac arrests each year, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can help save a life if a person’s breathing or heart stops. It’s not just for healthcare workers and emergency responders. In fact, CPR can double or triple the chance of survival when bystanders take action. The American Red Cross helps train you safely, effectively and confidently, so you’re prepared for the minutes that matter the most.

– American Red Cross

United General District 304 offers Adult & Infant CPR, AED, and First Aid classes to individuals, groups, and organizations in our community. Classes are led by our own American Red Cross-certified trainers.

Each class provides participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and other first-aid emergencies. After successfully completing a class, a certificate that satisfies most OSHA-mandated job requirements, workplace, and other regulatory requirements will be issued (certification lasts for two years).

Note: class size is limited to 12 people, and a minimum of four participants are required to hold a class.

Questions?

Contact Stephanie Morgareidge
Email: Stephanie.Morgareidge@UnitedGeneral.org

Refund Policy:
Payment for CPR classes is non-refundable. If you cannot attend the in-person class on your scheduled date, please contact Stephanie at Stephanie.Morgareidge@UnitedGeneral.org as soon as possible. You may be able to reschedule to a future class or transfer your spot to another person. For blended learning classes, a transfer is possible only if you have NOT yet logged into the Red Cross online training platform. The required online portion of the class must be completed before the in-person class by the same person.

American Red Cross Certified

Babysitter’s Training Class

WHEN: 

  • Saturday, April 6th | 9 am – 4 pm
  • Friday, June 28th | 9 am – 4 pm

WHERE:  United General District 304, located at 2031A Hospital Drive, Sedro-Woolley

AUDIENCE: This program is designed for, but not limited to, youth ages 11-15.

COST: $80 (a discounted price of $60 is available for households receiving benefits such as Basic Food, WIC, Apple Health).

CONTACT: Stephanie at Stephanie.Morgareidge@UnitedGeneral.org

Trainer: Stephanie Morgareidge

Stephanie is a certified
American Red Cross trainer. She is also a mom and a Girl Scout troop leader!

This engaging American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course will provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic child care and basic first aid.

Participants will receive a Babysitting Red Cross Certificate of Completion.

With lecture and class activities, these courses are engaging, informative and fun!  This in-person class takes place over 7 hours (including lunch and breaks), and covers 6 lessons:

LESSON 1: You’re the Boss: A Guide to Leadership
LESSON 2: The Business of Babysitting
LESSON 3: Safe and Sound on the Job
LESSON 4: Understanding Kids from 0 to 10
LESSON 5: From Feeding to Bedtime: Caring for Kids
LESSON 6: It’s an Emergency…Now What?

Earn your Girl Scout Cadette Babysitter Badge!

This course meets the requirements for earning the Girl Scout Babysitter badge. Complete the course as an individual, or arrange a group training for your entire Scout troop!