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The mission of our training and education programs as a fundamental benchmark is to help with the promotion and development of human rights and social justice in our local and global communities. The goal for our programs is to promote and contribute to the wellness and resiliency of individuals in the context of safe and healthy environments. IMCES is committed to providing training and education along with direct health, mental health, legal and supportive services in our local community. Our programs are structured to reach many layers of our community including the general public to help increase awareness and knowledge about health and mental health, and rights and responsibilities. We aim to reach students in the mental health professions to provide them with clinically, ethically, and culturally sound skills and sensitivity training, and to reach professionals in order to provide ongoing Continuing Education (CE) workshops to help update and enhance their knowledge and skills working with the ever changing target population.

IMCES provides Continuing Education (CE) workshops for professionals in mental health, health care, education, and legal fields such as:
 

  • Psychologists

  • Social Workers & Counselors

  • Marriage & Family Therapists

  • Doctors & Nurses

  • Judges & Attorneys

  • Teachers & Administrators

IMCES offers skills training and development as a means to enrich the lives of members within our community:
 

  • Life & Social Skills

  • Mediation Counseling

  • Drug & Alcohol Education

  • Parenting Skills Development

  • Domestic Violence Prevention

  • Training for Perpetrators

  • Anger Management & Violence Prevention Training

  • Social Responsibility Training

  • Employment Skills Development

  • Healthy Relationship Development

  • Wellness Skill Development

  • Yoga and Movement Group

IMCES provides the following Evidence Based Practice (EBP) training:
 

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)

  • Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP)

  • Seeking Safety

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Substance Abuse

Periodic PSAs through media:

 

  • Public education seminars for ethnic and cultural groups.

  • Partnerships with community agencies to reduce disparity and stigma
    and facilitate access to health and wellness services.

  • Community Outreach and Engagement
     

Web based interactive learning offered in different languages:
Armenian, Farsi, Spanish, English 

 

Topics:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

Education and Prevention Activities

  • PTSD

  • Sleep Disorders

Achieving a balance between mind and body is the foremost factor in defining our quality of life. Research supports that our emotional health affects our physical health. This includes how we handle the stresses of life events, financial resources, and relationships.

Sleep Disorders

More information can be found here

 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

More information can be found here

 

Eating Disorders

are a group of disorders in which the individual is consumed and preoccupied with regulation of their weight. There are three types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa (starvation), bulimia (purging), and binge-eating (over-eating). All are attempts at regulating body weight through food consumption. Females are three times as likely to experience anorexia and bulimia during their life. Females are also 75% more likely to have a binge eating disorder. There is also a strong correlation between coexisting eating disorders in conjunction with binge-eating (for instance, a person who suffers from anorexia could also simultaneously suffer from binge-eating). More information can be found here.

Mental health disorders are more common than the public may realize. According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), within a lifetime prevalence, 46.4% of Americans will encounter a mental health disorder. Furthermore, approximately 1 out of every 4 adults is diagnosed with a disorder per year, and 1 out of every 17 individuals suffers from severe mental illness.

 

The California Department of Mental Health reports that approximately one in five young people (between 14% and 20%) have a current mental health disorder. About half of adult disorders had onset by the age of 14 and approximately three-fourths by the age of 24.

It is found that the first symptoms occur two to four years prior to the onset of a diagnosable disorder. Major Depression, clinically known as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. between the ages of 15-44. Major depression affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population (age 18 and older) in a given year.

 

Dysthymic Disorder is mild, chronic depression that lasts for at least two years for adults and at least one year for children. Symptoms typically come and go over a period of years, and their intensity can change over time. The median age of onset is 31.Bipolar Disorder causes intermittent shifts from symptoms of depression to mania (excessive highs of euphoria and/or energy). These symptoms can shift daily, monthly, even yearly, and in some cases simultaneously. NIMH reports that 5.7 million adult Americans (2.6% of the population) suffer from bipolar disorder. The median age of onset is age 25.Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder characterized by brain disorders which cause people to interpret reality abnormally, often with hallucinations, delusions, disordered thinking, and disturbed behavior. 

 

Schizophrenia is a disorder that requires lifelong treatment. The onset for males is typically in the late teens or early twenties; the onset for females is typically late twenties or early thirties. NIMH estimates that 2.4 million American adults, or about 1.1% of the population, age 18 and older, in a given year suffer from the disorder. Anxiety Disorders include Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) [see below], Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and Phobias (social phobia, agoraphobia, and specific phobia). Over 18% of adult Americans (approximately 40 million) suffer from an anxiety disorder within a given year. Approximately 1 in every 4 children/adolescents suffers from an anxiety disorder, within a lifetime prevalence.

 

These disorders often occur simultaneously with other anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, or substance abuse. Three-fourths of people with anxiety disorders have an onset of their first episode by the age of 21. (Source: NIMH) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder which is triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic past event. PTSD causes the individual to have difficulty coping to the extent that it interferes with their daily life. The disorder usually occurs after violent personal attacks (such as rape, mugging, or domestic violence), war, terrorism, natural disasters, or accidents. NIMH reports that approximately 7.7 million adults in the US (3.5%) suffer from PTSD within a given year.