MHF training focuses on preparing individuals for a variety of basic mental health situations in a multicultural and multidisciplinary context. For this reason, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and members of related professions helped to design the program.
Training providers start with NBCC-I’s core curriculum—a compilation of mental health knowledge and skills accepted around the world—and then modify and add content, including role-playing and other class activities, to fit local norms. This helps assure that anyone with MHF training can understand problems and recommend solutions in a realistic local context.
The MHF base curriculum includes these core competencies:
- Helping skills
- Mental stress, distress and disorders
- Disaster/trauma response
- Community resources
- Referral to other providers
The 30-hour MHF training program includes:
- MHF curriculum
- Training of trainers
- List of mandatory administrative procedures for MHF trainers
- Different instructional techniques and presentation skills
- Trainer evaluation