How to become an instructor
The following are essential for being considered for SMHFA'a instrcutor training programme of for being approved to deliver courses:
- Returning a completed application pack before the closing date
- Attended a 12-hour course within 12-months prior to coming on the instructor training
- Personal and/or professional experience in the field of mental health
- Experience of delivering training/teaching effectively
- Networking experience
- Awareness of the range of Scottish mental health services
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- Knowledge of mental health problems
- Positive attittude towards people with mental health problems
- Enthusiasm and commitment towards reducing stigma associated with mental illness
- Delivering training to groups who focus on reducing health inequalties
How do I apply?
During 2017 there will be a review of the programme and an upgrade of training materials. Therefore, there are currently no plans to deliver any further instrcutor training courses, either nationally or for in-house customers, until both are completed.
The charge for the SMHFA manual, which is issued to all people who attend a SMHFA course also continues to be free of charge. Certificates of attendance are also provided at no charge. Instructors or their sponsoring organisations will be required to order these materials from NHS Health Scotland.
What kind of people become instructors?
SMHFA instructors come from a range of backgrounds including:
- prison officers
- social workers
- health promotion workers
- service users
- teachers and lecturers
- training officers
- freelance trainers
- housing officers
- staff from voluntary organisations
- care home staff
- voluntary workers.
There is no barrier to anyone training to be an instructor as long as they meet the application criteria.
Every instructor is responsible for organising their own courses. NHS Health Scotland cannot help instructors to find opportunities for training work.