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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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Parenting Classes

Strengthening Families Program

There are two upcoming Strengthening Families Programs to choose from. 

Concrete

WHEN: This program meets once a week for seven weeks

Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8 pm
Jan 24 – Mar 7, 2023

WHERE: Concrete Elementary School
7838 S Superior Ave, Concrete
AUDIENCE: Families with youth aged 13-15
COST: Free
CONTACT: Marlena White
Marlena.White@UnitedGeneral.org

Sedro-Woolley

WHEN: This program meets once a week for seven weeks

Wednesdays from 6 – 8:30 pm
Feb 15 – Mar 29, 2023

WHERE: Cascade Middle School
905 McGarigle Rd., Sedro-Woolley
AUDIENCE: Families with youth aged 10-14
COST: Free
CONTACT: Alicia Guildner
Alicia.Guildner@UnitedGeneral.org

This Strengthening Families Program is focused on families with children aged 10-15 to build family strengths, enhance family communication, teach teens how to resist peer pressure, and provide effective tools for parenting teens. Youth and Parent sessions will be held separately but at the same time, followed by a family session in which parents and youth come together to share and build on what they learned.

Dinners provided!

Childcare for younger siblings can be provided if needed

Youth Sessions

  • Week 1: Having Goals and Dreams          
  • Week 2: Appreciating Parents
  • Week 3: Dealing with Stress
  • Week 4: Following Rules
  • Week 5: Dealing with Peer Pressure
  • Week 6: Peer Pressure & Good Friends
  • Week 7: Reaching Out to Others

 

Caregiver Sessions

  • Week 1: Practicing Love and Limits
  • Week 2: Making House Rules
  • Week 3: Encouraging Good Behavior
  • Week 4: Using Consequences
  • Week 5: Building Bridges
  • Week 6: Protecting against Substance Use
  • Week 7: Accessing Community Resources

 

Family Activities

  • Supporting our youth’s goals and dreams
  • Appreciating family members
  • Family values
  • Using family meetings
  • Building family communication
  • Reaching out for support

Programa Fortaleciendo Familias

para los padres y los jóvenes de 10-14 años

Cuándo: Cada Jueves empezando, 26 de enero – 9 de marzo
6:00-8:30 pm

Donde: Burlington-Edison High School
301 N Burlington Boulevard

Audiencia: Todas las familias con jóvenes de 10 a 14 años

Costo: Esta es una clase gratis

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

¡¡SIN COSTO!! Incluye cena, cuidado de niños para hermanos menores, y una rifa.

¡Todas las familias pueden beneficiarse de aprender más maneras de como navegar los primeros años de la adolescencia con éxito! El programa de Fortalalaciendo Familias (SFP) ayuda tanto a los padres como a los jóvenes de 10-14 años con habilidades de comunicación, manejo del estrés y encontrar maneras de conectarse.

The Incredible Years

For parents and caregivers of 1-4 year olds

WHEN: This program meets twice a week for seven weeks over Zoom 

  • Thursdays and Mondays from 6 – 7:30 pm beginning January 12, 2023.

WHERE: Online

AUDIENCE: Parents and caregivers of children ages 1-4

COST: Free

CONTACT: Beth Ruth
Elizabeth.Ruth@UnitedGeneral.org

Parenting is a tough job and the Incredible Years works over 13 sessions to develop the knowledge and skills for you to bring out the best in your child and family!

In the Parents and Toddlers Basic Series, you learn how to:

  • Help your toddler(s) feel loved and secure
  • Encourage a toddler’s language, social, and emotional development
  • Establish clear and predictable routines
  • Handle separations and reunions
  • Use positive discipline to manage misbehavior

The parenting series format supports peer networks and shared learning. Trained Incredible Years facilitators use video clips of real-life situations to support the series and encourage group discussions and problem-solving practices.

All families will receive a free copy of the Incredible Years Parenting Book and families who attend all sessions will be entered in a prize drawing!

This parenting series is made possible through funding from the Washington State Health Care Authority and is coordinated by United General District 304.

Mental Health Promotion Classes

Mental Health First Aid

WHEN:

  • Friday, Jan 27th | 8:30 am – 2:30 pm plus 2 hours online independent study

WHERE: Online – over Zoom

AUDIENCE: Community members 18+

COST: $35*

Space is limited and
registration closes Jan. 24th

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. 

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 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: Elizabeth Ruth

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

Youth Mental Health First Aid

WHEN:

  • Wednesday, Feb 1 | 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, plus 2 hours online independent study

WHERE: Cedarwood Center
2100 Hospital Dr, Sedro-Woolley, WA

AUDIENCE: Community members 18+

COST: $35*

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

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. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. 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, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

The hybrid course format allows you to learn the basics online and then attend a 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.

Woman comforting teenage girl

Questions?

Contact: Gabe Evenson

*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, January 23 | 11:30 am – 1 pm
  • Wednesday, February 8 | 10 am – 11:30 am

WHERE: Online

AUDIENCE: Anyone aged 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: Beth

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! See this flyer for costs and more information, then complete the interest form.

Questions?

Contact: Aide Guevara

Health & Safety Classes

Overdose Response

WHEN:

  • Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 11:30 am
  • Wednesday, Feb 8 @ 10 am
  • Friday, Feb 24 @ 2 pm
  • Thursday, Mar 9 @ 12 pm
  • Tuesday, Mar 21 @ 5 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
  • 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

Questions?

Contact: Elizabeth Ruth

WIC Breastfeeding Class

Classes in English:

  • November 17 @ 1 pm
  • December 15 @ 1 pm
  • January 19 @ 1 pm
  • February 16 @ 1 pm
  • March 16 @ 1pm

Classes in Spanish:

  • Noviembre 17 @ 2:15 pm
  • Diciembre 15 @ 2:15 pm
  • Enero 19 @ 2:15 pm
  • Febrero 16 @ 2:15 pm
  • Marzo 16 @ 2:15 pm

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:

  • how WIC staff can help
  • 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

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

Questions?

Contact: Sydney Costello

Adult & Infant CPR, AED, and First Aid Classes

Classes in English

  • Saturday, Feb 18 | 9 am- 1 pm | Traditional in-person class
  • Saturday, Feb 24 | 2-4 pm OR 4:30-6:30 pm | blended learning (with online and in-person components)
  • Saturday, Mar 18 | 9 am – 1 pm |  Traditional in-person class
  • Friday, Mar 31 | 9-11:30 am OR 12-2:30 pm | blended learning (with online and in-person components)

Clases en Español

  • Viernes, febrero 10 | 12-4:30 pm
  • Sábado, marzo 25 | 9 am – 1:30 pm

WHERE: The hospital campus in Sedro-Woolley

AUDIENCE: Community members age 16+ interested in learning, or updating their CPR, AED & First Aid training.

COST:
Blended learning classes: $80 (a discounted price of $55 is available for households receiving benefits such as Basic Food, WIC, Apple Health).

Traditional full-length class (no online learning): $100 (a discounted price of $80 is available for households receiving benefits such as Basic Food, WIC, Apple Health).

Save Lives with CPR

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).

Our courses are offered in two formats: Traditional (in-person) or Blended (hybrid online/in-person). The “blended learning” course consists of an online portion completed at your own pace prior to the in-person two-hour hands-on practice. The traditional in-person class is four and a half hours long and does not include an online component.

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

Questions?

Contact: Gabe Evenson

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