5.5-day Youth MHFA Instructor Course | Mental Health First Aid
Youth MHFA

The MHFA Instructor Training courses are held throughout Australia and can also be conducted for an organisation by negotiation with Mental Health First Aid Australia.

What is the Youth MHFA Instructor Training Course?

This intensive 5.5-day course, conducted by two trainers, accredits successful applicants to conduct the 14-hour Youth MHFA course. It commences on a Sunday at 1pm and runs 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Suitably experienced Standard and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA Instructors are eligible to attend 3 days of this course if they have already delivered 3 full MHFA courses in their existing accreditation(s).

Cost and inclusions

The cost is $3,950. This covers tuition, catering, the Youth Instructor’s Kit and ongoing support from the MHFA team. The kit contains the MHFA teaching materials such as USB with PowerPoint slides and film clips, teaching notes and resources folders.

Instructor Autonomy

MHFA Instructors are not employed by the MHFA Program. All accredited MHFA Instructors sign an agreement to honour the copyright of all materials and to teach the 14-hour Youth MHFA curriculum as written, without amendments. MHFA Instructors are responsible for organising and conducting their own courses and setting their own fees.

After delivering 3 Youth MHFA Courses, suitably experienced Youth MHFA Instructors can up-skill to deliver:

  • 4-hour face-to-face component of the Blended MHFA for Tertiary Students Course and the 4-hour face-to-face MHFA for the Suicidal Person Course (by completing online up-skilling)
  • 12-hour Standard MHFA and 14-hour Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA (by attending the first 3-days of the respective Instructor Training Course)
  • teen MHFA (by attending the first 2-days of the teen MHFA Instructor Training Course).

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Eligibility Criteria

The essential eligibility criteria are:

  • Good knowledge of adolescent mental health problems and their treatment
  • Personal or professional experience with adolescents experiencing mental health problems
  • Favourable attitudes towards adolescents with mental health problems
  • Enthusiasm to deliver MHFA courses
  • Good teaching and communication skills
  • Good background knowledge of adolescent mental health and youth services
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good business plan or organisational support to ensure YMHFA sustainability

MHFA recommends that all applicants attend a MHFA course prior to applying to become an Instructor.

View upcoming Instructor Training Courses.