Category Archives: Training Opportunities

Mental Health First Aid Training, 2 Days: Oct. 8-9 Register now in NOVA Academy



The Office of Student Mental Health and Behavior and the Professional Development Unit (HR) have invited the Fairfax County Community Services Board once again to facilitate the Mental Health First Aid workshop.


Location: Fairfax, 3922 Pender, Suite 150

Date: Wednesday, October 8th and Thursday, October 9th.

Time:  9:30 am-till 3:00 pm.

Note: Participants need to commit to both days and be present for the duration of the sessions to receive their certification.

Maximum number of participants: 20

Registration closes on Tuesday, September 30th at midnight, so sign up now!


Course Title:

NOVA – HR: Mental Health First Aid 


Course Description:

You are more likely to encounter someone experiencing a mental health crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid is an interactive 8-hour course that teaches you about common warning signs and risk factors for mental health problems and provides a five-step action plan and resources for helping someone in crisis. Mental Health First Aid provides an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and gives an overview of common treatments. Those who take the 8 hour course certify as Mental Health First Aiders and learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.


Please register through NOVA Academy for this class at  Search for keyword “nova health.”  You may contact if you have any additional questions.


Thank you,


Human Resources

Northern Virginia Community College

3926 Pender Drive, Suite 150

Fairfax, VA 22030-0974


NOVA Police to Offer Bomb Threat Awareness Training

BT FlyerMarch Dates –

register by emailing


Bomb Threats Topics Include:   The destructiveness of bombs   Penalties for false bomb threats   Prevention techniques   Response options   Additional resources Dates/Locations: (rooms TBD)   March 3, Annandale Campus from noon-1pm   March 4, MEC Campus noon-1pm… March 5, Alexandria Campus from noon-1pm   March 7, Woodbridge Campus from noon-1pm   March 11, Loudoun Campus from noon-1pm   March 12, Manassas Campus from noon-1pm Please RSVP to Officer Ong ( if you plan to attend this presentation.

Recognizing and Responding to Distressed Students in Your Classroom – MaryAnn Raybuck and Nan Peck

Mark your calendars for this workshop on March 28th from 10-2 at the AN campus!
Recognizing and Responding to Distressed Students in Your Classroom – MaryAnn Raybuck and Nan Peck presenting
Have you noticed a student who appears to be preoccupied and unable to stay focused and engaged in class? Recognizing and responding to students with mental health issues is a real concern for many teaching faculty.
Join us for a complimentary seminar on Friday, March 28, from 10-2 to explore your concerns about responding to students with mental health issues.
NOVA’s Student Mental Health and Behavior Case Manager MaryAnn Raybuck and Associate Professor of Communication Studies Nan Peck will facilitate the discussion.
Join us at NOVA’s Annandale Campus, Room CN 117,
This seminar is sponsored by NOVA’s Student Services and VCCS’s Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence. Space is limited to 50 participants. To register, go to

ASIST Training Opportunity Coming Soon! Save the Date!

SAVE THE DATE: ASIST training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) will be on January 8 & 9th at the Arlington Urgent Care Center Building, 601 S Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, VA 22204. It is conveniently located right off of Route 50. Registration information will be posted soon.

Active Shooter Trainings This Week – Lead by NOVA Police Officer, Tony Ong

September is CAMPUS SAFETY Month!

Help keep our campus safe! If You See Something, Say Something!  Report it using NOVACares!

Active Shooter Trainings this week throughout NOVA.  Make plans to attend the best one for your schedule.  Just email Officer Tony Ong at to reserve your spot.
From NOVA’s Police Department:
Good morning,
As a friendly reminder, the NOVA Police will be hosting a Fall Active Shooter Response Training campus wide. Please refer to the dates and locations below and e-mail me if you are interested in attending.
  • All training will be held from 12 pm-1 pm.
Topics include:
• What is an Active Shooter?
• Statistics/case studies
• Tips on how to protect yourself and others
 Resources Dates/Times: 
• Annandale– September 16, CE Building, Seminar Room C&D
• Alexandria– September 17, AA158
• Woodbridge– September 18, WS 109
• Manassas– September 19, MP 217
• Loudoun– September 20, LC 209
Regards, Tony
OFC. Tony Ong
Community Resource/Crime Prevention Officer
Police Department
Northern Virginia Community College
3001 N. Beauregard Street Alexandria, Virginia 22311
Office: (703) 933-1850 Cell: (703) 229-2527

Opportunity for training on the new VAWA Laws in January, 2014

Training on the legal changes associated with the new violence against women laws. Local dates/locations are January 15th for Stevenson, MD (Baltimore area); January 16th for Richmond, VA; or Jan 17th for McLean,VA. Click on the link below and select nationwide locations to find the one closest to you. Registration is open now.