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Mental Health First Aid: Instructor Training 

Highline College, with support from the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, is pleased to announce instructor training for Mental Health First Aid for adults. Included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices, studies show that training in Mental Health First Aid builds confidence in helping an individual experiencing a mental health challenge, reduces negative or distancing attitudes towards individuals with mental illnesses, and increases mental health literacy – being able to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

***This training is offered for Healthcare providers and Community College employees.


Course Details

Cost: $500 (after acceptance into the course, scholarships may be available to WA State residents only). Breakfast and lunch provided. Travel expenses not covered. 

Requirements: Applicants must agree to complete three trainings within one year of the certification date. Detailed qualifications are on the Instructor Application

Dates/Times: June 5th-7th, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM. Participants must be present for entire training to be certified.

Location: Highline College, Des Moines, Washington

Deadline: Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, as there are only 15 spaces available. Open spaces will be filled by national applicants as of May 1st.

Questions?: Contact Anadelia Gonzalez by email: agonzales@highline.edu or call 206-592-4399


Picture of Michelle Obama who has been trained in MHFA.

Why become an instructor:

Just as CPR helps community members assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In areas without Mental Health First Aid training, fewer community members understand the risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, or strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Mental Health First Aid is included on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices. Studies show that training in Mental Health First Aid builds confidence in helping an individual experiencing a mental health challenge, reduces negative or distancing attitudes towards individuals with mental illnesses, and increases mental health literacy –being able to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.


You can be the one to make a difference in someone's life.

Who should apply to become an instructor:

Becoming a Mental Health First Aid instructor is a rewarding opportunity that requires a serious commitment of time, energy and creativity. Certified instructors are required to have prior experience teaching groups of adults and facilitating groups. Instructors must have knowledge of mental health and substance use issues and an understanding of the Mental Health First Aid program. Successful candidates demonstrate they have the skills to plan, publicize, and facilitate classes, as well as engage partners and find additional resources to support the program. Review the Instructor Application Form pre-application self-assessment for a detailed look at the skills and expectations for instructors.

Only certified instructors can teach the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course to the public. The primary role of Instructors is to teach the Mental Health First Aid course with fidelity to the core program model and key messages. Each Instructor is required to teach at least three courses per year, using official materials to help guide them through course facilitation. To teach a course, certified Instructors must order manuals and prepare course materials and resources (available on the Instructor Portal) for all their participants. Upon completion, Instructors must provide participant evaluations to Mental Health First Aid USA. Instructors may team teach the course, or choose to teach on their own.


How to register for the instructor certification training:

Complete the Mental Health First Aid Application form, Instructor Application, before May 1st, 2019 (first come first served) and submit it by e-mail to agonzales@highline.edu. Applications will be reviewed and scored by the National Council for Behavioral Health Mental Health First Aid program staff. Applicants will be notified of their status on a rolling basis.


How to apply for reduced rate tuition:

Upon confirmation of acceptance to the training, ask for a scholarship when registering. Scholarships are only available to Washington State residents.


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Available Course(s)

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