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First Things First

Read on to find out what you need to know before deciding to become an MHFA instructor.

First Things First

Who should become an MHFA instructor?

Anyone with the right combination of practical, academic, and/or lived experience with mental health.  Ultimately, an MHFA instructor must combine knowledge of mental health problems and supports with the ability to effectively engage a group of adult learners. 

 

Essential Criteria to Become an Instructor

To become an instructor in any MHFA course, the following are the core criteria we are looking for:

  • Experience in the field of mental health and mental illness. This experience is generally gained from a minimum of 2 years front-line experience providing mental health services, or a combination of personal, educational, and professional experience
  • Good knowledge of mental disorders and their treatment
  • Experience delivering training effectively to adult learners
  • Experience networking with community partners
  • Knowledge of the range of mental health services
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Positive attitudes towards people with mental health problems
  • Enthusiasm to reduce stigma/discrimination associated with mental illness

MHFA course participants have little to no experience or knowledge of mental health issues.  Our instructors are the experts in the room.  Therefore we are seeking individuals who can speak knowledgeably and confidently about the topics discussed during the course.

 

Why become an instructor?

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Support your community

Ensure the people you know best can respond effectively to a mental health problem or crisis.

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Encourage Learning

Provide your organization the opportunity to reach out and expand its network while delivering meaningful training

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Build your skills

Continue to grow your skills and experience with mental health in this challenging and rewarding role

The Instructor Journey

Choose the version of MHFA that’s right for you
Complete the application process
If accepted, complete the instructor training course
If successful, maintain annual certification requirements

Throughout the journey, we are here to support our instructors with the tools, resources, and advice you need to be successful.

What our instructors are saying

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It is very helpful to watch how different instructors teach and learn new techniques. The information was all relevant and was presented in a way that was easy to understand.

Basic Instructor

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Becoming an MHFA BASIC Instructor:

  • A thorough application process
  • 5-day Instructor Training
  • Minimum 3 courses instructed every 12 months

Adults who Interact with Youth Instructor

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Becoming an MHFA Adults who Interact with Youth Instructor:

  • A thorough application process
  • 5-day Instructor Training
  • Minimum 3 courses instructed every 12 months

First Nations Co-facilitator

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Becoming an MHFA First Nations Co-facilitator:

  • A thorough application process
  • 5-day Co-facilitator Training
  • Minimum 2 courses instructed and 1 online review completed every year 12 months

 

Inuit Instructor

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Becoming an MHFA Inuit Instructor:

  • A thorough application process
  • 5-day Instructor Training
  • Minimum 2 courses instructed and 1 online review completed every 12 months

Northern Peoples Instructor

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Becoming an MHFA Northern Peoples Instructor:

  • A thorough application process
  • 6-day Instructor Training
  • Minimum 2 courses instructed and 1 online review completed every 12 months

Seniors Instructor

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Becoming an MHFA Seniors Instructor:

  • A thorough application process
  • 5-day Instructor Training
  • Minimum 3 courses instructed every 12 months

 

Veteran Community Instructor

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Becoming an MHFA Veteran Community Instructor:

  • A thorough application process
  • 5-day Instructor Training
  • Minimum 3 courses instructed every 12 months