Buckeye Residential Solutions serves adults with developmental disabilities and co-occurring conditions, including mental health conditions. No two clients are the same, but mental health training gives our employees effective strategies that enable them to best serve all our clients and feel confident in their caregiving abilities.
In addition to on-site, client specific training and MUI, OSHA, HIPAA, CPR, First Aid and Medication Administration training, Buckeye residential specialists participate in comprehensive mental health training workshops led by Cleveland Clinic psychologists. This training not only enables our team to be well-informed about common mental health conditions, but also gives them the tools they need to interact with our clients, handle different areas of need, and address any potential mental health concerns.
Recognizing Signs of Mental Distress
Active listening is an important first step in making sure our caretakers are receptive of and appropriately respond to the needs of our clients. This holds true for all of the physical and mental health needs of our clients, but often mental health conditions are more silent than physical needs.
Mental health training helps our caretakers recognize the different signs of mental distress, depression and more – and educates them on what to do if a client is under distress. This includes assessing risk, knowing how to support an individual in crisis and identifying what type of outside professional intervention or resources may be needed.
Finding Ways to Support Clients
Mental health training workshops also inform our caregivers about the different ways they can support their clients with and without existing mental health conditions day to day, not only when they are in distress.
Our residential specialists learn strategies to more clearly communicate – to ensure that their interactions are helpful and not stressful for the client. Better overall communication helps our caregivers become more perceptive of the needs of our clients, including mental health needs. Our caregivers also learn about activities and coping methods that can help clients to ease anxiety or depression and promote overall mental health.
Sometimes the smallest actions can make the most meaningful impact on an individual. Being a reliable, compassionate and receptive caregiver for our clients helps them to feel supported and contributes to their mental health, while also gives their loved ones peace of mind.
Feel Confident About Your Caregiving Skills
We make sure our professionals learn effective strategies for working with adults with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions. Interested in gaining mental health training and participating in other workshops that help grow your caregiving skills? A career as a residential specialist at Buckeye Residential Solutions could be a great fit for you.