Training Institute

The Training Institute offers actionable solutions for supporting and achieving workplace development and excellence through in-house and customized trainings, technical assistance, and consulting services. Our trainings have been designed and tested for community based organizations, governmental agencies, and private sector businesses.

In-House Trainings

The Training Institute provides a wide variety of trainings, workshops, and seminars in-house with open registration for professionals, students, peers, and community members. Browse our current offerings below, where you can view dates, times, locations, and register for trainings.


Mental Health and Wellness

Language Matters - Next Training: TBD

Language is one of the most important tools we have for defining the world we live in. By changing the words we use to talk about something, we can change the way it’s perceived. This is especially true of the language we use to discuss mental health challenges. Each of us can help to create an environment that promotes recovery and wellness by examining the language we use and actively seeking to change it for the better.

Developed for a diverse audience including peers, medical providers, family members, and non-profit workers, Language Matters is a lively, thought-provoking training that has drawn rave reviews at the 2014 Tools for Change Conference, the 2015 Alternatives Conference, multiple Institute on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering conferences, and the 2015 WRAP Around the World Conference, as well as community presentations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Next Training: TBD | 9:00am-12:00pm

Location to be announced.

Individual Rate – $250/person
3-5 Group Registrants – $225/person
6-10 Group Registrants – $212.50/person
11+ Group Registrants – $200/person

For more information about this training, please click here.

Managing Stress - Next Training: May 23, 2017

How to effectively address compassion fatigue/caregiver burnout/vicarious trauma?

In this interactive workshop participants will explore self-care strategies for preventing and dealing with compassion fatigue, burnout and vicarious trauma. They will learn about the difference between avoidable, unavoidable and joyful stress related to their professional work. They will explore specific aspects of compassion satisfaction, compassion burnout and vicarious trauma and ways to assess and address them. By the end of the workshop participants will have identified actionable steps to incorporate self-care in their daily routine.

Next Training: May 23, 2017 | 01:00pm-05:00pm

Location to be announced.

Individual Rate – $250/person
3-5 Group Registrants – $225/person
6-10 Group Registrants – $212.50/person
11+ Group Registrants – $200/person

For more information about this training, please click here.

Supportive Crisis Response - Next Training: May 11 to May 12, 2017

Learn effective supportive responses to the mental health crises of clients, staff or visitors to your organization. These are modes of response which hold the potential to assuage people’s anger, fears, grief etc. without the need to involve law enforcement and incarceration. Participants are taught compassionate and humane methods of reducing the crisis reactions of people who may or may not have mental health challenges. There are any one of a number of circumstances which can trigger reactions that can link with past traumatic experiences causing people to act in ways that are frustrating and, at times, frightening to those in their proximity. The training includes didactic and interactive learning, with demonstrations, discussion, role play and a focus on common situations and specific examples tendered by attendees in advance.

Next Training: May 11 to May 12, 2017 | 10:00am-4:00pm

Mental Health Association of San Francisco
870 Market St, Suite 785
San Francisco CA, 94102

Individual Rate – $600/person
3-5 Group Registrants – $540/person
6-10 Group Registrants – $510/person
11+ Group Registrants – $480/person

For more information about this training, please click here.

Team Building and Mental Health - Next Training: May 31, 2017

Explore the mental health and business benefits of attaining a cooperative and supportive workplace. This workshop will explore, from a mental health perspective, key components of successful teambuilding. These include assertive communication, willing collaboration, and collective commitment, elements that in the long term lead to enhanced efficiency and improved morale. Participants will be involved in learning and practicing teambuilding skills to utilize in the workplace on a continual basis.

Next Training: May 31, 2017 | 1:00pm-5:00pm

Mental Health Association of San Francisco
870 Market St, Suite 785
San Francisco CA, 94102

Individual Rate – $250/person
3-5 Group Registrants – $225/person
6-10 Group Registrants – $212.50/person
11+ Group Registrants – $200/person

For more information about this training, please click here.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Seminar I - Next Training: May 5, 12, 19, 2017

Learn an evidence-based system used worldwide by people who are dealing with health issues including mental health challenges. WRAP® is self-directed and adaptable to any situation or challenge. WRAP® may be created by individuals or groups, such as teams, boards or management groups.

Next Training: May 5, May 12, and May 19 | 10:00am-4:00pm

Mental Health Association of San Francisco
870 Market Street, Suite 781
San Francisco, CA 94102

Flat rate – $375/person

For more information about this training, please click here.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Seminar II - Next Training: TBD

This training is appropriate for anyone who would like to be certified to facilitate WRAP groups. Training participants are expected to have developed and used their own WRAP, have a solid working knowledge of WRAP and be ready to share their experiential knowledge of how WRAP can work.

You must complete Seminar I before taking Seminar II.

Next Training: TBD

Mental Health Association of San Francisco
870 Market Street, Suite 781
San Francisco, CA 94102

Flat rate – $1300/person

For more information about this training, please click here.


Collecting Behaviors (aka Hoarding and Cluttering)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Hoarding Disorder - Next Training: TBD

Hoarding is the acquisition and failure to discard a large number of possessions that appear to be useless or of limited value in attempt to postpone or decrease distress or anxiety. Hoarding disorder, and is a significant problem for 4-5% of the population. For people with hoarding disorder open to treatment, cognitive-behavior therapy is the psychological treatment of choice for people with this debilitating condition. Understanding and Treating Hoarding Disorder presents the essential features of hoarding disorder, and the cognitive-behavioral model of hoarding behavior. Clinicians will learn strategies to evaluate and develop treatment plans for people with hoarding disorder, and the typical cognitive and behavioral strategies used to treat the condition. Because even those with hoarding disorder who are open to treatment have variable insight, the workshop will emphasize strategies to enhance willingness to adhere with the goals and tasks of the therapy. The workshop will include didactic and experiential learning, as well as video of important components of cognitive-behavior therapy for hoarding disorder.

Previous experience or training in standard DBT is not required.

Next Training: TBD

Mental Health Association of San Francisco
870 Market St, Suite 785
San Francisco CA, 94102

Individual Rate – $300/person
3-5 Group Registrants – $270/person
6-10 Group Registrants – $255/person
11+ Group Registrants – $240/person

For more information about this training, please click here.

Advanced Harm Reduction - Next Training: TBD

Attendees will about severe hoarding, particularly as it affects older adults, and treatment options for those who may be open to help. The workshop then presents harm reduction as an alternative to treatment for severe hoarding. Harm reduction assumes that it is not necessary to stop all acquiring or to clear homes completely in order to reduce the risk of harm and improve the health, safety, and comfort of adults who hoard. The workshop presents the essential features of the harm reduction process applied to the problem of severe hoarding. The workshop presents strategies for engaging the client in the harm reduction process, building and managing the harm reduction team, assessing harm potential, and developing and managing a harm reduction plan.

Next Training: TBD

Location to be announced.

Individual Rate – $300/person
3-5 Group Registrants – $270/person
6-10 Group Registrants – $255/person
11+ Group Registrants – $240/person

For more information about this training, please click here.

Engaging People Who Hoard: Motivational Interviewing Strategies and Techniques - Next Training: May 25, 2017

One of the most frustrating and demoralizing features of hoarding disorder to clinicians is the steadfast refusal of those with the condition to accept help. Whether the help is in the form of cognitive-behavior therapy, self-help groups, or harm reduction for the problem, clinicians inevitably face reluctance and refusal; anger and push back. At the same time, people who hoard face significant health and safety risks and one out of three with hoarding disorder face imminent eviction from their residences. Engaging People Who Hoard: Motivational Interviewing Strategies and Techniques is a daylong workshop that presents the key principles and strategies of motivational interviewing and its application to people with hoarding behavior. The workshop will include didactic and video instruction, as well as many opportunities to practice motivational interviewing through small-group exercises and role-plays.

Next Training: May 25, 2017 | 9:00am-4:00pm

Location to be announced.

Individual Rate – $300/person
3-5 Group Registrants – $270/person
6-10 Group Registrants – $255/person
11+ Group Registrants – $240/person

For more information about this training, please click here.

Tackling the Paper Giant - Next Training: June 19, 2017

While people have problems with all kinds of clutter, the number one culprit is paper. Paper sneaks in as catalogs, junk mail, advertising flyers, and even ads in the bills. It is a seeming constant flow of clutter. This one-day course examines why we keep paper and then presents specific techniques that can help us reduce and manage the paper in our lives.

Next Training: June 19, 2017 | 9:30am-5:00pm

Mental Health Association of San Francisco
870 Market Street, Suite 785
San Francisco, CA 94102

Individual Rate – $250/person
3-5 Group Registrants – $225/person
6-10 Group Registrants – $212.50/person
11+ Group Registrants – $200/person

For more information about this training, please click here.

Intensive De-cluttering Techniques for Non-clinical Service Providers: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy Techniques when Working Individually with Clients - Next Training: June 28-30 2017


Various groups in the United States have used the book, Buried in Treasures, successfully working with groups. This three-day course teaches participants the techniques taught in Buried in Treasures and applies them to work done one-on-one, service provider to client. The course first lays a foundation for understanding hoarding behaviors. Tools and techniques are then presented that can be included in other work done with the client such as work on depression, or as a primary focus if the main goal is to work on hoarding behaviors. Learning will be reinforced through exercises and case studies. There will also be an opportunity for participants to discuss cases that are currently active.

Next Training: June 28 t0 June 30, 2017 | 9:30am-5:00pm

Mental Health Association of San Francisco
870 Market St, Suite 785
San Francisco CA, 94102

Individual Rate – $900/person
3-5 Group Registrants – $810/person
6-10 Group Registrants – $765/person
11+ Group Registrants – $720/person

For more information about this training, please click here.


Contract Training, Technical Assistance, and Consulting Services

Our team will work with you to learn (or help you identify) your unique learning and development needs and customize our services to meet them.

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  • Browse below for examples of our consulting services, tailored to your organization’s needs.

Supportive Crisis Response


Learn effective supportive responses to the mental health crises of clients, staff or visitors to your organization. These are modes of response which hold the potential to assuage people’s anger, fears, grief etc. without the need to involve law enforcement and incarceration. Participants are taught compassionate and humane methods of reducing the crisis reactions of people who may or may not have mental health challenges. There are any one of a number of circumstances which can trigger reactions that can link with past traumatic experiences causing people to act in ways that are frustrating and, at times, frightening to those in their proximity. The training includes didactic and interactive learning, with demonstrations, discussion, role play and a focus on common situations and specific examples tendered by attendees in advance.

For more information about this training, please click here.

Team Building and Mental Health


Explore the mental health and business benefits of attaining a cooperative and supportive workplace. This workshop will explore, from a mental health perspective, key components of successful teambuilding. These include assertive communication, willing collaboration, and collective commitment, elements that in the long term lead to enhanced efficiency and improved morale. Participants will be involved in learning and practicing teambuilding skills to utilize in the workplace on a continual basis.

For more information about this training, please click here.

Managing Stress in the Workplace

This workshop will examine different types of stress in the workplace and their impact on personal well-being and overall productivity. Strategies will be presented for managing more effectively unavoidable stress and avoiding avoidable stress. Through interactive exercises and role plays participants will learn how to convert common negative reactions into positive outlooks and ways to focus their energies for creating a healthier workplace. Content is tailored to specific professional field and workplace needs.

For more information about this training, please click here.

Language Matters


Learn the language of recovery and see why so many terms and phrases carry a stigma that is counterproductive to wellness. This is a workshop that is relevant to clinicians, consumers, family members and various service providers.

For more information about this training, please click here.

Mental Health in the Workplace


This workshop will explore the mental health and business benefits of attaining cooperative and supportive workplace. Through interactive exercises participants will learn about the continuum of mental health and ways to identify, connect and understand the ways they can support their mental health and wellness and the wellness of their co-workers. Content is tailored to specific professional field.


Our Trainers

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Previous Clients

  • City of San Francisco
  • San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services
  • Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco
  • Jail Health Reentry Services
  • Mercy Housing
  • Eviction Defense Collaborative
  • Marin Housing Authority
  • Asana
  • Marin General Hospital
  • Dentons
  • Palo Alto Bar Association
  • EF International Language Center
  • Saint Anthony’s
  • Mentoring and Peer Support (MAPS) Jail Health Reentry Services San Francisco
  • Solano County Mental Health
  • Contra Costa County Behavioral Health
  • Lytton Gardens Assisted Living
  • Singularity University

Contact

If you have any questions please contact the Mental Health Association of San Francisco at trainings@mentalhealthsf.org or 415-421-2926 x324.

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