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Becoming an Instructor

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Download our 2017 Training dates here: 2017 Dates for MHFA T4T v2

Essential Criteria for becoming a MHFA (Wales) Instructor
There are eight essential selection criteria that need to be met:

1. Good knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments
2. Personal or professional experience with people with mental illnesses
3. Favourable attitudes towards people with mental illness
4. Enthusiasm to deliver MHFA courses
5. Good teaching and communication skills
6. Good background knowledge of mental health services in Wales
7. Good interpersonal skills
8. Good business plan or organisational support to conduct MHFA (Wales) courses

Meet the criteria? The five steps to becoming an MHFA (Wales) Instructor
There are five steps to becoming an approved MHFA (Wales) Instructor:

1. Select the course you wish to attend (these dates will be advertised on our website)
2. Complete an application for the relevant course and also send either a letter of support from your manager or a business plan.
3. If your application is approved for you to attend the MHFA (Wales) Instructor Training Course, we will email you a registration and payment form. Complete this to confirm your place.
*See below for course fees and cancellation policy.
4. You must also consent to our Agreement regarding copyright materials, standardisation of the MHFA Program and approval requirements.
5. During the Instructor Training Course, you will need to be successful in the ongoing assessment of your suitability as a MHFA (Wales) Instructor via an assessment process and observations by the two trainers of your communication skills, knowledge and attitudes and a 40-minute presentation on a section of the MHFA (Wales) course (you will be informed of your topic on day 2).
Please note:
• We are not able to hold a place in an Instructor Training Course for a potential applicant before receiving their application.
• Only fully completed applications can be assessed. Submission of an incomplete or partial application will not guarantee a place in an upcoming Instructor Training Course.

 

Retaining Approval
The approval requirements for Instructors are as follows:

• In their first anniversary year, Instructors must complete 3 courses.
• For every subsequent year Instructors must then complete a total of 3 courses in the 12 months period.
• Ensure that all course details are placed into the MHFA (Wales) Website.
• Instructors must ensure that all relevant paperwork ( Pre and post evaluations, trainer feedback form, attendance list ) are completed appropriately and sent to the MHFA (Wales) project team
• Provide an up to date personal profile to the MHFA (Wales) project team
• Attend the annual MHFA (Wales) instructors conference
• Undertake at least two Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities a year. The CPD should be relevant and support you to maintain and enhance the skills and knowledge needed to deliver professionally to your participants and the community.
• Pay the annual instructors fee of £250

If approval is lost, Instructors can enrol in the first 3 days of the relevant MHFA (Wales) Instructor Training Course to be re approved.  The cost to attend is £216, plus an updated basic kit at £110 (which includes current teaching notes, course USB/DVD compilation & other resources) or a new full kit at £410 (which includes contents of the basic kit plus all books, brochures and additional MHFA products)

2016 Costs to attend Instructor Training
• £1900.00 per person for 5-day Standard MHFA (Wales) Instructor Training courses
• £2010.00per person for 5.5-day Youth MHFA (Wales) Instructor Training courses
This fee covers tuition, catering, ongoing support from the MHFA (Wales) team, first year of membership fee and the MHFA (Wales) Instructor’s Kit. The kit contains the MHFA (Wales) teaching materials such as USB with PowerPoint slides, a DVD with film clips, teaching notes and resources folders. Informative pamphlets, books and fact sheets are also included.
The ongoing costs of being an MHFA (Wales) Instructor
Ongoing costs fall into four areas –
1. Course Materials
For each course conducted, Instructors are required to purchase a course manual and resources will costs £13 ( this includes certificate and ALGEE cards), which are provided by MHFA (Wales) at a discounted rate. You will also have to pay postage.
2. Course Delivery
Instructors may need to pay for some advertising, venue and catering expenses. You may also have travel and accommodation costs associated with your training
3. CPD Program
Instructors are expected to undertake at least two Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities a year. The CPD should be relevant and support you to maintain and enhance the skills and knowledge needed to deliver professionally to your participants and the community.
4. Annual Instructor fee
An annual Instructor fee of £250.00 will be due 1 month from the anniversary date of approval.
If approval is lost, Instructors can enrol in the first 3 days of the relevant MHFA (Wales) Instructor Training Course to be re approved. The cost to attend is £260., plus an updated basic kit at £110 (which includes current teaching notes, course USB/DVD compilation & other resources) or a new full kit at £410 (which includes contents of the basic kit plus all books, brochures and additional MHFA (Wales) products).
5. Insurance
Anyone delivering training of any type needs to be covered by two types of insurance:
o Public indemnity insurance – to cover any claims against you.
o Public liability insurance – to cover any accidents at the training venue.

If you are employed by an organisation, your employer should have taken out public indemnity and public liability insurance to cover their core business. All employees will be covered. Check with your employer. If your employer’s insurance policy does not have either of these types, then they need to talk to their broker to arrange coverage before running any MHFA (Wales) training courses.

If you are using a training venue that is not at your workplace, then that venue owner should have and is responsible for public liability insurance.
If you are self-employed, you will need public indemnity insurance.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy
a) Cancellations
Fees, minus a cancellation fee are able to be refunded if an accepted applicant is able to notify MHFA (Wales) project team of their inability to attend.
b) The cancellation fees are as follows:
i. Less than 4 weeks’ notice – £150
ii. Less than 2 weeks’ notice – 50% of course fee
iii. Less than 1 week notice – no refund plus cost of postage to return Instructor Kit
1. Accepted applicants who request a transfer to a future course date will be charged a fee as per the cancellation policy above.
2. Requests for a cancellation or transfer must be confirmed in writing to Mental Health First Aid (Wales)
c) Cancellation due to hardship
In the event of serious illness or hardship a reduced cancellation fee will be charged to recover immediate costs incurred. Supporting evidence must be provided and this decision will be made at the discretion of the Director of Training in mind.
d) Course cancellation
Course registrations close 4 weeks prior to the course date. If the course is cancelled by MHFA (Wales) due to insufficient enrolments, a full refund of course fees or an opportunity to transfer onto another course date, will be provided to applicants, excluding travel and accommodation costs.

 

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