Train the Trainer - YMHFA - 2017

TSF was honored to host Idaho’s first Train the Trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum in Boise in July, 2017. See info here.

The Speedy Foundation, in partnership with Optum Idaho, is excited to host another Train the Trainer for the Adult MHFA program in April, 2019. See info here.

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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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