Mental Health First Aid Refresher
In today’s fast-paced and stressful world, mental health issues are becoming increasingly prevalent. As a result, the need for trained mental health first aiders (MHFAiders) has never been greater. The MHFA Refresher Course is designed to help those who have previously completed a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course to maintain, update, and enhance their skills and knowledge.
The ability to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and crisis is an essential skill in today’s world. Mental Health First Aiders play a vital role in providing support to individuals experiencing mental health issues and preventing further problems from developing. Like physical first aid, MHFA skills should be regularly updated and refreshed to ensure that first aiders are equipped with the most up-to-date information and techniques. The MHFA Refresher Course is designed to help MHFAiders stay certified and maintain their skills, ensuring that they can effectively and safely carry out their role in supporting others.
Mental Health First Aid Refresher course is a 4-5 hour face to face course that allows people who have completed a 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course to refresh their knowledge and skills. For people who are Accredited first aiders, the refresher courses offer an opportunity to renew their accreditation for another 3 years. Deadline for completing a refresher course up to 3 months after your accreditation has expired.
Face-to-face or online for five hours.
MHFA Refresher course benefits those who have already completed a Mental Health First Aid Training but wish to maintain competence or update their skills. By staying on top of your proficiencies, you are doing the people whom you will be assisting a favor. You can also renew your first accreditation for another 3 years, allowing you to help more people in need.
If you already have accredited mental health first aiders within your workplace, it’s always a perfect time to attend Mental Health First Aid refresher courses. A mental health refresher course only takes 4-5 hours, but it sure goes a long way considering the number of lives it can help to preserve.
Mental Health First Aid Refresher course gives participants an opportunity to refresh their knowledge and skills learnt during the twelve-hour MHFA. Mental Health First Aid refresher course contains new films, activities and additional materials.
During the MHFA Refresher training, you will learn:
- Gaining an understanding of the latest research in the mental health area
- Learn the 3 key actions for helping someone feeling suicidal
- Work through complex mental health first aid communications
- Exercise MHFA skills gained through the course
● Course Manual
● MHFA Re-Accreditation certificate
The cost of the training is – $167 inclusive GST
Prerequisites: Anyone who has completed a 12-hour MHFA course in the last 3 years is eligible to attend. To be accepted, you must provide a copy of your previous training to WHS and Training Compliance Solutions staff, prior attending to the course. You will need to provide the same email address that you provided when you completed the 2 day Standard MHFA training to complete the online assessment for your accreditation.
We offer this MHFA Refresher training as a group booking – online and onsite. Our minimum number for this course is 10, maximum is 20.
We can provide a quote to deliver MHFA training. If you would like us to deliver an onsite Mental Health First Aid Refresher session, just call our team on 07 5499 2406.
Book a group session today and refresh your MHFA skills with us! Call now to learn more.
Key Benefits of the MHFA Refresher Course
Skill Renewal: The Refresher Course allows MHFAiders to revisit and update their skills, ensuring that they remain competent and confident in providing mental health first aid.
Knowledge Update: The course provides MHFAiders with the latest research and information on mental health support, enabling them to stay informed and current in their field.
Practical Application: Participants have the opportunity to practice applying the mental health first aid action plan, helping to reinforce their learning and improve their ability to respond effectively in real-life situations.
Accreditation Renewal: The Refresher Course enables MHFAiders to renew their accreditation, which is typically valid for three years. This ensures that their skills and knowledge are recognised and certified.
Ongoing Support: MHFAiders receive access to ongoing support and resources, helping them to stay motivated, empowered, and confident in their role.
Eligibility for the MHFA Refresher Course
Who Can Enroll?
The MHFA Refresher Course is designed for individuals who have completed a full Mental Health First Aid course within the last three years and are seeking to maintain their accreditation and update their skills. Participants must have previously achieved accreditation as an MHFAider to be eligible for the Refresher Course.
How to Verify Eligibility
To verify their eligibility, individuals should log in to their MHFA account and check their accreditation expiry date. They should provide their Certificate of Accreditation to the instructor delivering the Refresher Course, who will confirm their eligibility to attend. Prior to attending the course, participants are responsible for knowing their accreditation status.
MHFA Refresher Course Content
The MHFA Refresher Course aims to reinforce and update the skills and knowledge acquired during the initial Mental Health First Aid course. In this course, a number of topics are covered, including:
Latest Research: Participants will gain an understanding of the latest research in the mental health field, ensuring that their knowledge remains current and informed.
Action Plan Review: The course will review the key actions for helping individuals experiencing mental health issues or crises, such as those feeling suicidal or experiencing a panic attack.
Practical Skills: Participants will have the opportunity to practice their mental health first aid skills through various activities and scenarios, reinforcing their learning and enhancing their ability to respond effectively in real-life situations.
Refresher Course Specifics: The course will cover refresher-specific content, including updates to mental health support services and resources available to MHFAiders.
Course Format and Duration
The MHFA Refresher Course can be completed either face-to-face or online, depending on the participant’s preference and availability. The course duration varies depending on the format:
Face-to-face: The face-to-face Refresher Course typically lasts for four hours.
Online: The online Refresher Course usually takes five hours to complete and may be conducted through a live, instructor-led session using video conferencing software or as a self-paced course.
Both formats involve a mix of presentations, group discussions, and practical activities, ensuring that participants can engage with the content and develop their skills effectively.
To ensure that participants receive the necessary support and guidance during the course, the number of attendees is typically limited to 20 people per session. This allows instructors to provide personalised assistance and feedback, creating a safe and supportive learning environment.
Renewing Your Accreditation
Following successful completion of the MHFA Refresher Course, participants can retake their accreditation assessment for a further three-year extension. This ensures that their skills and knowledge remain recognised and certified, allowing them to continue providing mental health first aid effectively.
MHFA Refresher courses are essential for individuals who have previously completed the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and wish to refresh their knowledge and skills. These courses are available in all states and territories in Australia, both onsite and online, and can be booked for group training sessions. The MHFA Refresher program covers topics such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide prevention. The course aims to update participants on the latest research, provide opportunities for practice and reflection, and equip them with the tools to support someone experiencing a mental health crisis. By completing an MHFA Refresher course, individuals can ensure they maintain their certification and continue to provide effective support to those in need.
Refresh your MHFA skills today! Call us now to book your group training and become a confident mental health first aider.