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Mental Health First Aid Instructor Summit 2017: Inspiration. Education. Affirmation


*The Summit is free of charge for all Mental Health First Aid Instructors; add the full conference for just an additional $450 for National Council members ($550 for nonmembers.) Complete the conference registration and choose the MHFA Summit package. For questions, please e-mail Bridget Barnes at 

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments and supports. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect people to professional, peer and social supports as well as self-help resources.

The Summit is a unique opportunity for accomplished instructors and those new to Mental Health First Aid to come together to learn from experts on various topics, share best practices on building a successful program and be inspired by leaders in the movement.

Check back often as additional information and speakers are confirmed.

Sunday, April 2

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Networking Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:15 am: Opening Plenary: What a Difference a Movement Makes

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Wellness Break

10:30 am – 11:15 am: Morning Session

  • Releasing your Inner Superstar – Ask the National Trainers
    • Who better to learn from than the instructors who train the instructors? Hear from a panel of national trainer superstars on how to take your training to the next level, teach the sections of the course that are particularly challenging and bring the funk.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm: Morning Session

  • Media, Marketing and Money: How To Get The Things You Need to Change the World
    • Learn how to draw attention to your community courses with a panel of experts and a slew of tips and tricks.

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm: Wellness Break

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Networking Lunch: Hear from Headquarters what’s up and coming this year and provide feedback so Mental Health First Aid staff can serve you better.

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm: Afternoon Sessions

  • The 411 on the 5-0: Mental Health First Aid, Law Enforcement and YOU
    • Walk through the updated Public Safety Curriculum and learn how the new partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police can grow your training audience.
  • Helping the People Who Help Our Children: Best Practices From Teachers, Child Welfare Workers and Foster Parents
    • Learn from specialists across America who have harnessed the power of Youth Mental Health First Aid.

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Afternoon Sessions

  • The Gift of Evaluations: How You Can Turn Your Results into Fuel for Improvement
    • Your evaluations results can dramatically enhance your teaching. Find out what to look for and how to use evaluations to boost your success.
  • One Fell Swoop: Population-based Approaches to Mental Health First Aid 
    • Learn how cities and states across the country have mastered the art of collaboration to create sustainable impact using Mental Health First Aid.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm: Afternoon Sessions

  • Sustainability of Mental Health First Aid: Funding your Mental Health First Aid Initiative Post-grant
    • Your money is running out – now what? Learn how to access funding to sustain your Mental Health First Aid initiative.
  • Getting Participants in Your Class (and keeping them there)
    • Did you know that instructors have had success obtaining continuing education credits (CEUs) for social workers, foster parents, teachers, and many more? Learn how to fill your classes by offering CEUs and improving your class presentation skills.

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm: Closing Plenary: Filling A National Need

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Appreciation Reception




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