Meet Our MHFA/YMHFA Trainers

 

Betsy Moynihan

Molly Collins & Betsy Moynihan

Molly Collins & Betsy Moynihan

  • Betsy received her Associate Nursing Degree from St Clair County Community College in 1978 and her BBA from Boise State University in 1984
  • Betsy has worked in the Emergency Departments for over 11 years total at St. Alphonsus RMC and Mercy Medical Center as staff RN, Charge Nurse and as Manager
  • She is going into her 13th year as a School Nurse for the Boise School District, primarily at Title 1 elementary schools
  • Betsy was a co-facilitator for parent groups for the ‘Survival Classes for Students at Risk’ through the Boise School District
  • Current member of NAMI Boise. Completed the Family-to- Family Education Program Sponsored by NAMI Boise in December 2013. Co-facilitates for Boise NAMI Family and Friends Support Group
  • Attended Instructor LEAP Training with Dr. Xavier Amador, founder of LEAP Institute in New York, November 2014
  • Certified Instructor of Adult Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Behavioral Health, March 2016, sponsored by The Speedy Foundation
  • Betsy became involved in mental health education after losing her son to suicide in 2011

Molly Collins

  • Molly received her Bachelor in Science In Psychology from Oregon State University, (go Beavs!) in 2012
  • She attended an Instructor LEAP Training with Dr. Xavier Amador, founder of LEAP Institute in New York, November 2014
  • Certified Instructor of Adult Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Behavioral Health, March 2016, sponsored by The Speedy Foundation
  • Current member of NAMI Boise and SE Portland
  • Molly became involved in mental health education after losing her brother to suicide in 2011
Shannon Decker and her Chicago YMHFA training group at graduation

Shannon Decker and her Chicago YMHFA training group at graduation

Shannon Decker

  • Shannon received her BA in Liberal Arts and teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University in 2005 and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho in 2014
  • Shannon has ten years of private and public teaching and administrative experience in Idaho, Nevada and California. She has taught: kindergarten, second grade, high school English, special education, alternative education, and worked as a K-12 administrator
  • Shannon ran an extra curricular program called K-Kids, through the Kiwanis Club and Meridian School District for students grades 4 & 5 from 2007-2010 which focused on service-learning 
  • "Know the Signs" trainer and member of the Truckee Tahoe Youth Suicide Prevention Coalition from 2013-2015
  • Certified Instructor of Youth Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Behavioral Health, July 2016, sponsored by The Speedy Foundation
  • Active in the Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition, Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition, & Summit County Suicide Prevention Coalition
  • Shannon became involved in mental health education after losing her cousin to suicide in 2011
Mike Ruzek & Jana Johnson @ MHFA training Christina Shiebler photographer

Mike Ruzek & Jana Johnson @ MHFA training

Christina Shiebler photographer

Jana Johnson, Mike Ruzek, & Christina Shiebler

  • Certified Instructors of Adult Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Behavioral Health in 2013, sponsored by The Speedy Foundation
  • Jana, Mike and Christina brought the MHFA curriculum to the attention of The Speedy Foundation and are considered the grandfathers of TSF's connection to this powerful piece of education, THANK YOU!
  • This group become involved in mental health education after losing their friend and teammate to suicide in 2011

If you are interested in becoming a certified MHFA or YMHFA trainer, we'd like to help! Fundraisers and direct donations can be accepted through our non-profit and then granted back to cover the cost to become a certified trainer. 

What You Learn

Instructor certification training introduces the 8-hour course, overviews adult learning styles and teaching strategies, and provides in-depth instruction on implementing and managing the program in diverse communities.

The 5-day training teaches you how to:

  • Teach the Mental Health First Aid course, including the 5-step action plan, evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies, and prevalence data.
  • Present the program with fidelity to the tested, core model.
  • Apply the program to a range of adult learning styles.
  • Tailor presentations to diverse audiences and learning environments.

Instructor certification is awarded specifically for both the adult and youth courses. If you want to teach both types of courses, you must first certify as an instructor through a 5-day training (for one course type), and then go through a 2.5-day training for the other course type you want to teach.

Training Format

National Trainers guide candidates through the five-day training with an emphasis on coaching and preparing candidates to be ambassadors of Mental Health First Aid. Courses typically run from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day, with dedicated time on day three for independent preparation for presentations delivered on days four and five. On the fourth and 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.

Training Cost

Tuition for the 5-day instructor course is $2,000 per person ($1,850 for National Council members), and is inclusive of the 5 days of instruction, breakfast and lunch, materials needed to teach the 8-hour course, and ongoing technical assistance once certified, unless otherwise noted. Tuition for the two-and-a-half day course is $950 per person ($850 for National Council members), unless otherwise noted.

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