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Healthy Minds Network Host:

Mental Health First Aid Instructor Certification Course
October 17-27, 2016

LOCATION:Montgomery, Alabama

The Healthy Minds Network (HMN) will host the Mental Health First Aid Instructor Certification course, which is managed, operated, and disseminated by the National Council on Behavioral Health, on October 17-27, 2016 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training that takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by teaching participants how to identify, understand, and respond to a variety of mental health situations. The training gives participants the skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who has a mental health or substance use problem or is experiencing a crisis.

The primary role of instructors is to teach the Mental Health First Aid course. When they offer the course, instructors teach the full 8-hour course with fidelity to the core program model and key messages. Each instructor has a set of materials to help guide them through course facilitation.


Imagine for a moment, you are with a friend who severely cut his leg. What would you do? Most of us know the basic protocol for how to stop bleeding. When you attend to the immediate need of your friend until professional help arrives, you have administered First Aid.

What would you do if that same friend had a panic attack, became disoriented, or delusional? What if it was clear something was wrong but you could not detect a physical problem? There are basic steps that can be taken to detect and tend to the immediate needs of a person having a mental health issue until they can receive professional help. This is called Mental Health First Aid.


In order to teach Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), one must be certified by Mental Health First Aid USA to teach either the adult or youth MHFA course. Instructor certification is awarded specifically for both the adult and youth courses. Individuals wishing to teach both types of courses must first certify as an instructor through a 5-day training (October 17-21, 2016) for adult in order to be eligible to go through a 3.5-day training (October 24-27, 2016) for youth. Individuals, not organizations, receive instructor certification.

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 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.


Through the generosity of an organization located in Montgomery County the certifications will be offered at deeply discounted rates for all attendees.

  • Individuals who live anywhere in the state of Alabama can receive BOTH adult and youth certification for $1000! That is more than 67% off the national rate!
  • Individuals who live in the River Region (Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, or Macon counties), can apply to receive BOTH the adult and youth certification for $500!
  • Individuals who live in Montgomery County have no charge to attend one or both of the certification trainings.


September 9, 2016

Enrollment is limited; applications must be received by Friday, September 9, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. After completing of the application, use the button at the bottom of the document to submit the form via email. Application submission does not guarantee a place in the certification course. Applicants will be notified via email in late September on the status of their application.


Contact: Alana Barranco

EMAIL: |  PHONE: 334-244-3048
All applications should be submitted to:



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