Programme structure

Instructor Training takes place over seven days and is usually spread out over six weeks. This allows you to become familiar with the material and reflect on your learning. 

You'll have access to a mentor throughout who will be happy to help if you need any guidance along the way. 

You will need to do about 20 hours of your own study outside of the seven days, including time spent on preparing delivery materials for days 4-5 and 6-7.

Explore the considerations of delivering the relevant MHFA Two Day course (Adult/Youth/Armed Forces).

You will already have attended an MHFA Two Day course as one of the conditions of applying for Instructor Training, but now our highly experienced National Trainers will guide you through the content and models from an instructor perspective.

This is an opportunity to share your experiences as a delegate and build your knowledge and ideas for how you can deliver the course yourself.

Hear from a variety of speakers from a mental health related background. These sessions could include discussions with people who have experienced mental health issues, a carer of someone with mental ill health, or someone from a medical background.

Topics will cover a range of factors contributing to mental ill health, different recovery models and treatments.

Hearing these personal stories and experiences will help to bring the programme to life beyond the facts and figures and give you a reference point when delivering training.

Our plenary speakers are skilled trainers and their sessions will help to inform your delivery and facilitation tasks on days 4-5.

You will deliver a session on a relevant topic and gain peer to peer feedback, followed by a one to one feedback session with your mentor. This is a great opportunity to further broaden your understanding of the topics covered on the course.

There will also be a group workshop session around facilitation skills.

You will deliver a section of the MHFA course. Your mentor will assess your delivery and give you one to one feedback. 

Within one year of completing the Instructor Training programme, you must co-deliver two MHFA England courses with another instructor and receive good feedback to become approved.

One of your trainers will be your mentor for a year, assessing the feedback from your co-deliveries and offering you training guidance and tips.

Once approved, you can deliver courses solo.

As an approved instructor

To remain an MHFA England instructor, you will need to do the following each year:

  • Deliver two MHFA England courses, or as many as possible

  • Ensure everyone who attends your courses receives a manual and workbook that can be purchased from MHFA England

  • Renew your annual membership at a fee of £80 (as of April 2018)
    Your first annual membership fee will be due on the first 1st April after the date you are signed off as an approved instructor.
    Only one membership fee is due no matter how many MHFA England products you are qualified to deliver.

  • Attend an upskill session
    MHFA England offers upskill sessions to expand your portfolio of courses (e.g. Adult MHFA, Youth MHFA, Armed Forces MHFA). Or you can attend an external event relating to mental health or training skills. 
    Your MHFA Instructor Training programme counts as your upskill until you are approved. After you have completed your two codeliveries and been signed off as an approved instructor, you will then be able to register for our upskill events via your dashboard.

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