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Profile of an MHFA Seniors Instructor

As a MHFA Seniors course instructor you:

  • may deliver the MHFA Seniors course to the Canadian public
  • may deliver the course on behalf of your organization or as an independent operator
  • will be supported by the MHFA Canada team
  • will have access to course updates and materials

Criteria and Expectations

Because participants in an MHFA course will have questions and experiences that go beyond the core content of the course, it is essential that our instructors have the background, skills, and attitudes that will allow them to be effective in their role and inspire confidence in their groups.? The following are the essential criteria for being considered as an MHFA instructor:?

  • Minimum 2 years experience in a front-line position (paid or unpaid) within the last 10 years?supporting seniors living with mental health problems. Examples include:
    • Crisis worker
    • Case manager
    • Social worker
    • Psychiatric nurse
    • Psychologist
    • Peer support worker
  • Good knowledge of mental disorders and their treatment
  • Experience delivering training/teaching effectively to adult learners
  • Experience in networking with community partners
  • Knowledge of the range of mental health services
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Positive attitudes towards seniors with mental health problems
  • Enthusiasm to reduce stigma/discrimination associated with mental illness
  • Proficient in computer programs such as PowerPoint and Excel, and must have an email address, internet, access to a computer and a projector


How to Apply

Submit a completed MHFA Seniors Instructor Application Package, including:

  • Thorough answers to the questionnaire
  • A current resume
  • A letter of support from your organization OR two references if applying to be an independent operator

Please note that applications must be typed and sent back in PDF format. Handwritten applications will be returned.

We will review and respond with one of the following next steps:

  1. Based on our criteria and expectations, you are approved to attend an MHFA instructor training course and the next step is for you to tell us which course you would like to take
  2. We need more information and possibly a phone interview
  3. Based on our criteria and expectations, you are not approved to attend an MHFA instructor training course at this time and you are encouraged to re-apply in a year when gaps in knowledge, attitude, or experience are addressed.? Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are not always able to provide specific feedback to applicants though we will always strive to do so.



Course Experience

This course runs for 5 consecutive days, normally Monday to Friday and all upcoming courses are listed on our website.

Successful applicants will attend the 5-day instructor training course of their choice (space permitting).? ?

All MHFA instructor courses are delivered by an experienced and engaging Master Trainer.


DAY 1 and 2

The MHFA Seniors course is modeled by the Master Trainer.? Candidates attend the full day as well as additional time before and after the course is delivered to discuss key points, review both content and delivery, and compare notes on their experiences.

At the end of Day 2, each candidate is provided with a section of the course (usually 45 minutes in length) that she must present to the group on Day 4 or Day 5. ?


Day 3

The Master Trainer and the candidates spend the day reviewing the particulars of being an MHFA instructor:

  • Review and discuss the content of the instructor resource kit
  • Review and discuss effective course delivery to various audiences
  • Review and discuss the administrative and technical requirements of MHFA instructors

On Day 3 and Day 4 the Master Trainer is available to provide individual and small group support to candidates as they prepare their presentations.


Day 4 and 5

Candidates deliver a 45 minute section of the MHFA course to their peers.? Each candidate will use the materials provided by MHFA Canada including handouts, PowerPoint slides, and course manuals. ?

Upon completion of each presentation, the candidates will provide peer feedback.

Once all presentations are completed, candidates will have one-on-one meetings with the Master Trainer where feedback is discussed.? Candidates will learn whether they were successful during this meeting.



Candidate Assessment

Candidate Assessment

Candidates on the MHFA Instructor training course are assessed for their ability to prepare and deliver a section of the MHFA course to their peers.? Assessment consists of a combination of how well:

  • The candidate understood the content of the section she delivered.
  • The candidate delivered the section, including engagement with the group, effective adult learning techniques, appropriate tone, professionalism, and approachability.
  • The candidate prepared for their presentation.? It shows when a candidates does not put in the work in the evenings or use the Master Trainer’s experience and accessibility.

The Master Trainer’s evaluation of the presentation is the foundation of the assessment.? Candidates also give and receive peer feedback.



MHFA Master Trainers

MHFA Canada Master Trainers

An MHFA Master Trainer is responsible for guiding candidates through their weeklong course to become an MHFA instructor.? Master Trainers demonstrate effective course delivery, assign sections of the course to be delivered by candidates, and provides constructive feedback and assessment of their performance.? Ultimately, the Master Trainer determines whether a candidate has the proficiency required to be an effective MHFA instructor.

Our Master Trainers have varied life experiences, and each has a base of knowledge and awareness of mental health that makes them a valuable and impactful mentor through the MHFA instructor training course.



Cost of Training

The cost of the MHFA Seniors instructor training is $3000.? This includes the five day training, an Instructor Resource Kit, and after training support from MHFA Canada, namely:

  • Access to the Instructor's online portal
    • New and updated resources
    • Discussions with other instructors
    • Updated course materials
    • Updated administrative forms
  • All courses are posted on the website
  • Instructor profile posted on the website
  • Ongoing program evaluation
  • Support from the MHFA Canada team

Course fees are paid by credit card or cheque and are payable upon successful review of application.

Participants are responsible for the cost of their travel and?accommodation.? Light lunch is included in the course fees.


Cancellation Fees

A?fee of $300 is charged for cancellations received 4 weeks in advance of the course date.? A?fee of $750 is charged for cancellations received less than 4 weeks in advance.?? If notice is received after the course date or the registrant does not show for the course, no refund will be made.


Staying Active

MHFA Instructors must adhere to all clauses listed in the MHFA Instructor Policy Handbook.? This includes:

  • Meeting minimum annual requirements to maintain certified status
  • Three courses per year and ongoing refresher activities
  • Maintaining fidelity to the MHFA course content and delivery as presented during the MHFA instructor training course
  • Adhering to provincial and national privacy laws as it regards the collection of personal information from participants
  • Meeting administrative requirements both before and after course delivery