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MONDAY, JUN 28, 2021

Mental Health First Aid Train-the-Trainer Program - 3 Virtual Sessions in 2021 - APPLY NOW!

The Conference will once again offer the opportunity for individuals from across the state to participate in Mental Health First Aid instructor training via the National Council’s VIRTUAL platform – three (3) trainings will be held in October 2021. 

This year we are excited to be able to offer for the first time ADULT MHFA – one session which will accommodate 16 participants:

  • Session 1 - ADULT MHFA: Mon, October 4 – Wed, October 6

Additionally, we are offering TWO (2) VIRTUAL training sessions for YOUTH MHFA with each session accommodating 16 participants:

  • Session 2 - YOUTH MHFA: Mon, October 18 – Wed, October 20
  • Session 3 – YOUTH MHFA FOR SCHOOLS: Mon, October 25 – Wed, October 27  **This session is targeted specifically to individuals who work in a school district**

Candidates should complete the fillable PDF application, then send it to their county’s Director of Community Services (DCS) to complete the DCS Attestation, and then scan/submit the application to by COB, Friday, July 30, 2021

Candidates will be selected by the CLMHD MHFA Advisory Committee and will be notified of acceptance to the program by Friday, August 20, 2021. Once candidates are notified of their acceptance to the training, they will be sent a link to complete an official registration with the National Council. Additionally, trainees will be given two weeks to complete 8 hours of pre-course work prior to the 3-day session.

CLMHD Instructor Training Program Timeline


Mon 10/4 – Wed 10/6

Mon 10/18 – Wed 10/20

YOUTH MHFA *Schools*
Mon 10/25 – Wed 10/27

Individuals from across NYS will submit formal applications to CLMHD, must have DCS signature and comments to qualify

Mon, 6/28 – Fri, 7/30

Candidate acceptance notification

Fri, 8/20

Affirmation forms due from ALL trainees

Fri, 8/27

Trainees will be sent a link to register online with the National Council – 2 weeks to complete online app & pre-work

Mon, 8/30

Mon, 9/13

Mon, 9/20

Trainees must complete online app & pre-work at least 3 weeks prior to training

By Mon, 9/13

By Mon, 9/27

By Mon, 10/4

Virtual Training Dates

Mon, 10/4 – Wed, 10/6

Mon, 10/18 – Wed, 10/20

Mon, 10/25 – Wed, 10/27


Virtual MHFA Course Outline 

  • All participants will receive instructions for ordering all course materials to their homes. There’s no additional cost for the materials.
  • Prior to the instructor-led training, participants will gain access to 8 hours of online, self-paced work that they must complete before the first scheduled day of Instructor-led training. At this time, participants will also be asked to review the safety guidelines and sign an agreement form.
  • Upon completing the pre-work, MHFA staff will meet individually, by video conference, with each participant to review their technology set-up, safety questions and completed pre-work. The meetings should last 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Two National Trainers will lead an interactive online course in real time over 3 days, each with 4 to 8 hours of content.
    • Day 1 – Unpacking the course, questions and answers (6 to 8 hours)
    • Day 2 – Coaching by appointment (30 minutes), independent prep for presentation (2 to 4 hours), teaching strategies (1 to 2 hours)
    • Day 3 – Candidates present an assigned section of the course, review one-on-one feedback from the trainer, and participate/view other candidate presentations 

IT Requirements

The course will be hosted through Zoom, and we will provide a how-to guide for participants who have never used this platform.

  • Computer – Windows or Apple desktop or laptop computer OR Mobile Device/Tablet/Surface: iOS, Android, Windows
  • Phone (backup audio option) It is highly recommended that users join the course from a tablet, laptop or desktop computer for the best experience. Phones may be used for audio support.
  • Microphone and speakers Participants whose computers do not have a microphone and/or speakers can use the dial-in option from their phone for audio.
  • HD Webcam – Either built into the user’s device or external.
  • Internet Connection – We recommend an internet speed of at least 5mbps upload/download speed. Users can test their internet speed here: