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Date(s) - Nov 6, 2017 - Nov 10, 2017
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Becoming a Mental Health First Aid instructor is an exciting opportunity and we are thrilled that you are interested. Being a successful Mental Health First Aid instructor is highly rewarding. However, this role also requires a serious commitment of time, energy and creativity.

A Mental Health First Aid instructor is required to serve as a presenter, facilitator and, most importantly, an ambassador of the Mental Health First Aid USA program. There are several key components that make an instructor successful. First and foremost, it is required that an instructor candidate:

  • Has general knowledge of mental health and substance use issues (i.e. is a mental health/substance use professional, has worked with individuals experiencing mental health disorders or is in recovery from mental illness or substance use disorders).
  • Has experience teaching groups of adults.
  • Understands best practices in adult learning.
  • Has experience facilitating groups.

The Mental Health First Aid instructor training takes place over five days and is taught by two authorized Mental Health First Aid National Trainers. Each training can accommodate a maximum of 30 instructor candidates.

National Trainers guide candidates through the three-day training with an emphasis on coaching and preparing
candidates to be ambassadors of Mental Health First Aid. Courses typically run from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, with dedicated time on days three and four for independent preparation for presentations delivered on day five. On the fifth day of the training, each instructor candidate will present and teach an assigned portion of the eight-hour course to the group. The National Trainers will conduct an individual evaluation of each candidate, and each candidate will provide a peer review for their colleagues.

When an individual becomes a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor, s/he is committing to teach the full eight hour course with fidelity to the core program model and key messages. Instructors are responsible for almost all components of their training, including:

  • Recruiting participants and partnering with Montana SOARS to secure locations for training.
  • Preparing course materials.
  • Providing participant evaluations to Mental Health First Aid USA.

In order to maintain instructor certification, instructors are required to:
• Teach their first course within six months of becoming certified.
• Teach at least three courses per year.
• Pass Quality Evaluation visits and assessments.
• Maintain satisfactory participant evaluation scores.
• Engage in instructor/course refresher activities as instructed.

Register for this training to receive an application to apply for a slot in the training.


Bookings are closed for this event. For questions about upcoming events, please call 406-869-1328.