Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Over 50% of individuals with learning disabilities are diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Studies found that students with learning disabilities expressed more loneliness, more victimization, and were less social than their non-learning disabled peers – and this was before the pandemic.

A new report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education has labeled the pandemic a “wrecking ball” for education. The report includes a focus on the significant negative impact the pandemic has had not only on academic achievement but also on the mental health of children and adolescents.

At LDA of Michigan, our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families through advocacy, education, training, service and support of research. This year we are proud to be able to offer Youth Mental First Aid Training as part of our Annual Conference.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18.


  • Common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges in this age group, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges.
  • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis.
  • How to connect the youth with help.
  • Expanded content on trauma, substance use, self-care and the impact of social media and bullying.


$25 materials fee plus conference registration (*lunch is not provided)

One-Day Conference Registration

  • $175 for LDA Members
  • $250 for Non-Members
  • $45 for FT Students

Two-Day Conference Registration

  • $250 for LDA Members
  • $325 for Non-Members
  • $45 for FT Students

This training is limited to 30 participants so be sure to register TODAY!

Download Mental Health First Aid Training Flyer_2022LDAMI here.

Interested in being a sponsor for this session? Click here for Sponsorship Information!

Conference Registration also includes access to Wednesday morning’s Keynote Session (and breakfast!).  

Moving from Self-Care to We-Care

Creating school communities where all feel safe and connected is a communal effort and is vital for combatting the wave of stressors and burnout prevalent in education today. Rebekah Schipper, Executive Director of Opportunity Thrive, will share insights and strategies for moving from self-care to we-care so we can all learn to thrive in education today.




Meet Your MHFA Trainer: Rachel Krueger

Rachel Krueger is the mother of three children, one of which has Learning Disabilities. She is a former preschool teacher and has training in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Pediatric Occupational Therapy.

In addition to being a Certified MHFA Instructor, Rachel Krueger, of Hallmark Wellness, is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a Board Certified Special Education Advocate and works with the Learning Disabilities Association of America as their Director of Affiliate Relations. Rachel has worked with children who have bipolar issues, are on the Autism Spectrum, and have Oppositional Defiance Disorders and is passionate about educating parents about learning disabilities and how to have their child diagnosed at an earlier age.






Learning to Thrive in Education Today – LDA MI Annual Conference

LDA of Michigan presents Learning to Thrive in Education Today, an in-person conference providing educators, professionals, and parents with research-based resources, training, and the connections they need to advance the well-being of students and adults with learning disabilities (as well as themselves).

Tuesday, October 25

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Breakfast
  • Keynote: Science + Knowledge = Crushing the Core
  • Networking
  • Break-Out Sessions
  • Lunch
  • More Break-Out Sessions!
  • More Networking Opportunities
  • LDA MI Annual Meeting

Wednesday, October 26

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Breakfast
  • Keynote: Moving from Self-Care to We-Care
  • Networking
  • Break-Out Sessions

PLUS Wednesday Afternoon Special Sessions (included with conference registration!)

More information about the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

More information about our Healthy Children Project and Lead Prevention

Call for Presentations

Be a part of the LDA of Michigan 2022 Conference. Submit a proposal for consideration by the program committee no later
than 9/20/22 (conference registration fees are waived for presenters for the day they speak).

Who should present? 

  • Educators (K-12, post-secondary; special education, general education)
  • Persons with learning disabilities
  • Family Members
  • Advocates
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Administrators
  • Health Care Providers
  • Service Providers
  • Policy Makers
  • Rehabilitation/Job Commission Personnel
  • Transition Coordinators
  • Technology Coordinators

Download presenter information here: call_for_presenters_learningtothriveineducationtoday conference_2022

Sponsorship Opportunities

As we enter the 2022-2023 school year, educators and students are still trying to regain equilibrium with post-pandemic learning. It is more important than ever to come together for education and training that not only faces our current challenges head-on but also supports our educators as professionals – and as human beings. Teachers must have opportunities to reestablish their own resilience so they can support the well-being of our students, particularly those with disabilities.

The word thrive means to prosper or to flourish. By supporting the LDA of Michigan Conference, you are helping bring quality professional development to Michigan which will help improve outcomes for children. You are helping educators – and students – in Michigan learn to thrive in education today.

Download sponsorship information here: sponsorship_learningtothriveineducationtoday conference_2022

Exhibitor Opportunities

• Three complimentary conference badges with full access to sessions
• Company listed in the conference guide
• Company listed on the LDA MI webpage
• Participation in the Global Passport Program

Download exhibitor information here: exhibitor_learningtothriveineducationtoday conference_2022

Conference Registration 

  • Register for both days or only one!
  • LDA MI members save on registration!
  • Not a member? Become a member today (select Membership Dues during registration) and save right away by registering at the member rate!

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Coaching the “Performance Disabled”: Supporting kids with weak executive functions

Dr. Cheryl Chase will be presenting a 2-Day Workshop on June 16 – 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. This workshop will dealing with children with weak executive functioning using clear, easy to understand terms. It will also draw the connection between executive functioning and academics, highlighting the ways in which executive dysfunction can negatively impact a student’s learning and performance.

Professionals in the fields of education and mental health will benefit from attending. CEUs are available through the Ohio Psychological Association. One graduate credit is available through John Carroll University, for an additional fee.

From Dr. Chase’s website:

“Executive functions” is a term used to describe a broad set of cognitive skills that, when working properly, allow students to manage impulses, work in a deliberate and thoughtful manner, and organize their time and materials. When development of these skills is delayed, as is often the case in those with learning disorders, ADHD, behavioral disturbances, or emotional disorders, academic performance suffers, but for reasons not fully understood.

This workshop will define the term “executive functioning” using clear, easy to understand terms. It will also draw the connection between executive functioning and academics, highlighting the ways in which executive dysfunction can negatively impact learning and performance.