Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor Training

Captain Michael T. Handrigan, MD
Primary contact: Captain Michael T. Handrigan, MD
Filed under: Public Health
Where: Omaha, NE
Dec 9 - 13, 2019


Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

This five day train-the-trainer course will prepare you to become a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid. The 8-hour training sessions you will then be able to teach give participants the skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. It focuses on the unique experiences and needs of public safety personnel and is a valuable resource that can make a difference in their lives, their coworkers’ and families’ lives, and the communities they serve.

This course covers the following topic areas:

  • Defusing crises
  • Promoting mental health literacy
  • Combating stigma of mental illness
  • Enabling early intervention through recognition of signs and symptoms
  • Connecting people to care

Learning Objectives

This course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies


Target Audience: Law Enforcement Rangers, Emergency Medical Responders, Dispatch Telecommunicators, Firefighters, and any staff responding to emergencies.

In order to maintain instructor certification, instructors are required to:

  • Teach their first course within six months of becoming certified.
  • Teach at least three courses per year.
  • Pass Quality Evaluation visits and assessments.
  • Maintain satisfactory participant evaluation scores.
  • Engage in instructor/course refresher activities as instructed.

Registration Deadline: Please apply no later than November 8, 2019.

Contact: For more information, please contact Captain Michael T. Handrigan, MD, Chief Medical Officer at michael_handrigan or 202-513-7016.

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