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.
Experience the relevant Mental Health First Aider course (Adult/Youth/Armed Forces) as delivered by our highly experienced National Trainers.
If you have already attended a Two Day Mental Health First Aider course, this is an opportunity to refresh your knowledge and ensure you have experienced the most up to date version of the course.
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 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.
To remain an MHFA instructor, you will need to do the following each year:
Deliver two 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. The current membership fee is £75 as of April 2018
Attend a continuing professional development (CPD) event. MHFA England offers CPD events 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