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MHFA New instructor training - Hamilton

This five-day training course is for people who want to become an accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Aotearoa instructor. This in-person course is run by Te Pou, the sole licence holder of MHFA Aotearoa. Facilitated by two MHFA master instructors, the course will teach participants how to run MHFA workshops and teach the MHFA Aotearoa 4th edition programme with fidelity to the core programme model and key messages.

Participants will be required to pass an assessment by the master instructors before they can become an accredited instructor. Once participants have successfully completed the course and passed the assessment, they will receive an MHFA 4th edition instructors kit of teaching materials to guide them through workshop facilitation.

The cost to attend the new instructor training course is NZ$3,150 plus GST per person.

I want to become an MHFA instructor. How do I apply for the course?

Step one: Meet the eligibility criteria

All MHFA instructors must show they have the skills and experience to successfully run MHFA workshops. Applicants will need to show they have:

  • good knowledge about mental health challenges and treatments
  • good teaching and communication skills
  • good interpersonal skills
  • empathy and compassion to people with mental health challenges
  • personal and/or professional experience with people with mental health challenges
  • good background knowledge of mental health services in Aotearoa
  • the passion and enthusiasm to deliver MHFA workshops
  • a good business plan or organisational support.

Step two: Review the instructor agreement

Upon completion of the new instructor course, all instructors must sign an MHFA instructor agreement. Before you apply to become an MHFA instructor, please review the sample instructor agreement and confirm that you are happy to agree to the requirements.

Review the MHFA Aotearoa instructor agreement

Step three: Complete and submit an Expression of Interest form

Te Pou is committed to ensuring MHFA Aotearoa accredited instructors have the appropriate skills and experience to successfully deliver MHFA workshops, along with ensuring there are accredited instructors available across the country. Applicants suitability for the role will be assessed according to the responses given in their Expression of Interest.

Complete an Expression of Interest form

Step four: MHFA team will be in touch

Once your Expression of Interest has been received and reviewed, along with your acceptance of the instructor agreement, the MHFA team will be in touch about your application.

Step five: Payment of course fee

If your application is accepted, you will need to pay the new instructor training course fee which will be sent as an invoice the week of the training.

What should I expect at the training course?

Day 1 and Day 2 (Monday and Tuesday: 8:30am to 4pm)

  • Trainee instructors will participate in the new MHFA 4th edition workshop. This allows participants the opportunity to observe facilitation skills, how to teach activities, how to engage and monitor a room, and maintain safety.

Day 3 (Wednesday: 8:30am to 4pm)

  • Facilitation skills and workshop content will be reviewed.
  • Each trainee instructor will be given a section of the MHFA to review and teach over the next two days.

Day 4 and Day 5 (Thursday and Friday: 8:30am to 4pm)

  • Trainee instructors will present the section of the MHFA workshop they were allocated and will be assessed by the master instructors.
  • We will be trying to get through as much of the MHFA workshop as possible. This enables training instructors to be really familiar with the content of the course.