August 28, 2017 to March 31, 2019
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The Government of Alberta is providing Mental Health Commission of Canada training free of charge to strengthen the addiction and mental health system in Alberta.
Why take Mental Health First Aid Seniors training?
Mental Health First Aid Seniors trains participants to effectively respond to an emerging mental health problem or crisis, until the situation is resolved or appropriate treatment is found.
AIM OF THE 14 HOUR TRAINING
- Recognize the symptoms of mental health problems or crises as they develop
- Provide initial help when dealing with a mental health problem or crisis
- Guide a senior and/or caregiver toward appropriate professional help
- Provide strategies and resources to support both seniors and their caregivers
- Mental Health First Aid
- Substance-related disorders
- Mood-related disorders
- Anxiety and trauma-related disorders
CRISIS FIRST AID INTERVENTIONS FOR
- Substance overdose
- Suicidal behaviour
- Panic attack
- Acute stress reaction
- Psychotic episode
Who should take Mental Health First Aid Seniors?
- Volunteer or staff member at a senior-serving organization
- Staff member or volunteer at a community-serving organization
- Spouse, partner, family member
- Friends and neighbours of senior(s)
- Caregiver (paid or unpaid) to a senior(s)
Are you interested in becoming a Mental Health First Aid Seniors Instructor?
Free training is also available for those who wish to become instructors.
Some qualification requirements include:
- Experience delivering training/teaching to adult learners
- Completion of a comprehensive application package
- Five day training
- Experience in the field of mental health and mental illness. This experience is generally gained from a minimum of 2 years of front-line experience providing mental health services, or a combination of personal, educational, and professional experience. Examples include:
- Crisis worker
- Case manager
- Social worker
- Psychiatric nurse
- 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
Several five-day training courses will be offered in 2017-2018.
Mental Health First Aid Seniors Training Frequently Asked Questions
Funding provided by the Government of Alberta
Training provided by the Mental Health Commission of Canada
Coordinated by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division
What is the cost?
Mental Health First Aid Seniors (MHFA Seniors) is being offered free-of-charge to Albertans until March of 2019.
What are the training dates and locations?
Training dates and locations will be arranged based on demand. You are encouraged to fill out our registration form on our website. Dates and locations will be determined from the locations indicated on registration forms.
How will I know when there is training in my location?
You will be contacted if training is arranged in the location(s) you indicated. Multiple sessions will be held in some locations if demand warrants it. If you are unable to attend on the dates offered, you will be contacted again if more dates are scheduled in the location(s) you indicated.
How long is the training?
MHFA Seniors is an in-person, two-day (eight hours per day) course. Depending on instructor availability, the course can be held on two days over the course of four weeks, but is generally offered on two consecutive days.
Some half-day sessions will be made available to seniors and their caregivers. These sessions will be completed over the course of four consecutive days. The schedule is dependant on instructor availability. The timeline of course delivery is determined by the course provider. We do not have flexibility in how the course will be delivered.
Is the training available in other languages?
At present, MHFA Seniors is only available in English and French. It cannot be translated into other languages.
Can our organization host a session for our staff and volunteers?
In consultation with the project coordinator, there is potential to offer sessions to your staff. The maximum number of participants per session is 25. The minimum is 10. If there is space available to accommodate others in your community along with your staff, we would appreciate the opportunity to invite others.
Tell me more about becoming an instructor for MHFA Seniors.
Training to become an instructor occurs over the course of five consecutive days. The training is free in Alberta until March of 2019. Participants are responsible for covering their travel and/or accommodation expenses if any are incurred.
You do not need to have taken the MHFA Seniors class prior to taking the instructor course. If you are interested in becoming an instructor, you will need to complete an application. Your application will be reviewed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. If you are approved to proceed to instructor training, you will be contacted by our project coordinator to attend an upcoming instructor course.
Registration dates and locations for the Mental Health First Aid Seniors training are currently being scheduled and will be posted here as they become available.
- Sylvan Lake November 21-22, 2017 – Registration Closed
- Edmonton November 23-24, 2017- Registration Closed
- Airdrie December 6-7, 2017- Registration Closed
- Calgary January 08-09, 2018- Registration Closed
- Calgary February 15-16, 2018- Registration Closed
If you would like to offer a venue to host a training session, please contact Michele Rowan email@example.com or (587) 525-6088.