Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) is leading a widespread implementation of Mental Health First Aid in Philadelphia. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a groundbreaking public education and early intervention program that teaches community members how to recognize and assist a person experiencing a behavioral health challenge or crisis. Before you provide some information about yourself, we want to make sure you know what becoming a MHFA Instructor involves.
Instructor Candidates must submit a resume and 2 letters of reference to Shemiah Cooper via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (215-685-4986) to finalize their application. Applications submitted without these will be considered incomplete.
While the instructor training reinforces some of the skills and knowledge areas above, it is not designed as a substitute for prior knowledge and experience.
Second, instructors must identify operational support to schedule and run their classes. Here in Philadelphia, we strongly suggest that candidates demonstrate appropriate external support such as their employer organization or a partner community organization in order to accomplish the necessary goals of an instructor.
Philadelphia has a unique process in place where as, many of the instructor tasks are supported by the Mental Health First Aid Unit of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. *Planning (e.g., creating business plans, forming community partnerships, outreach) *Setting course schedules *Marketing and media outreach *Course registration *Event planning (e.g., catering, logistics) *Seeking grants and other sources of fiscal support *Collecting and entering course evaluations and incorporating feedback
Finally, instructors who are certified as part of Philadelphia’s MHFA Initiative are not to charge for the trainings conducted in Philadelphia in partnership with DBHIDS. ALL individuals, who live, work or study in the City of Philadelphia, are entitled to FREE MHFA trainings. Also, Philadelphia MHFA Instructors are expected to participate in program evaluations conducted by Drexel University’s School of Public Health, which may include surveys and/or interviews.