Health Counseling Services

7851 Metro Parkway, Suite 250
Bloomington, MN 55425

Upcoming Course Dates (Register by clicking on the desired date below):

Full, in-person courses: 

Thursday, March 10, 2022 8:30am-5pm (IN-PERSON)


Blended courses, 2-hour online course followed by a 5 hour in-person course: 

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  • If you are ill (including, but not limited to cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, elevated temperature greater than 100 degrees or feeling feverish) please call us to reschedule your in-person class.

Fully virtual courses, 2-hour online course followed by a scheduled 5 hour class on Zoom:

Thursday, February 17, 2022 8:30am-1:30pm (Central) (VIRTUAL COURSE- 2-HOUR ONLINE AND 5 HOUR SCHEDULED ZOOM CLASS)

Thursday, April 7, 2022 8:30am-1:30pm (Central) (VIRTUAL COURSE- 2-HOUR ONLINE AND 5 HOUR SCHEDULED ZOOM CLASS)

  • Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Mental Health First Aid is included on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

This course is open to the general public.  Anyone working – or living – in the community will benefit from this activity-based training.  Mental Health First Aid teaches participants how to handle mental health crises, which can happen anywhere, at any time.  There are no prerequisites, and no previous experience is necessary.  Join us for this enlightening course that is becoming more and more relevant in our changing world.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone 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. This interactive training course utilizes a variety of different activities and modes of learning, including:

  • Role playing
  • Scenarios
  • Discussion
  • Video
  • Simulation

Course Information

Course materials, refreshments and lunch (for full, in-person class)are included in the course fee
Pre-registration is required, register early! Class size is limited
Video/audio taping of courses is prohibited

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before the course.  The course fee will be charged if cancellation is made in less than 24 hours.  Registration is transferable to another person.

  • For blended learning courses, $30 is non-refundable for cancellations not rescheduled by the same student. This is due to online course codes assigned specifically to the student.

About the instructor

Karen Lilla, RN, MSN, is the Director of Education at Health Counseling Services. She is a registered nurse, with over a decade of experience in the community health field.  She has taught a variety of courses at HCS to adult learners, including CPR/First Aid and Medication Administration.  An enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor, Karen delivers course material in an engaging and approachable way, allowing students to gain confidence in both their knowledge and skills.

Continuing Education

This course provides 7.5 clock hours (in-person) OR 6.5 clock hours (virtual or blended courses)

If you are interested in having a course presented at your facility, CLICK HERE to contact Karen Lilla.

For courses presented at your facility this curriculum can be specialized for those working with older adults or in higher education settings.