Instructor training

All SMHFA instructors must attend five days of initial training. The training is designed to develop skills and knowledge and to build confidence about the use of the materials.

Structure of the training

The course is made up of the following elements:

  • Part One: In your own time attend a 12-hour SMHFA course (details of all upcoming courses are available on the website)
  • Part Two: Attend a 3-day development centre. These 3-days are run consecutively.
  • Part Three: Attend a 2-day skills practice centre. There is at least a one week gap before the two skills practice days. The two days are also run consecutively.

Why do we plan the training in this way?

There are several reasons for the timing of the course. Five consecutive days is too big a commitment for most people to take out of work time. We group the Parts Two and three of the programme together to make it easier for people who travel from remoter parts of Scotland. Also, you will need time to familiarise yourself with the content and work with the materials between the different parts of the course.

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