Mental Health First Aid - NZ & AU Online Workplace Course
Aug 25

Mental Health First Aid - NZ & AU Online Workplace Course

by Mental Health First Aid Australia
Start Date
25 August 2021 10:30 AM
End Date
1 September 2021 1:00 PM

Registrations Close
10 August 2021 10:00 PM

Mental Health First Aid is for everyone but is particularly essential for Professional Organisers and other small business owners working closely with people. At the IOPO we consider this an essential part of training for any PO.

Special Edition to Include NZ PO's including Accreditation - We have been granted special permissions for our New Zealand Professional Organisers to join this specific event only. NZ Participants, for this session only, have also been granted permission to become MHFA Accredited. After being a Mental Health First Aider since 2012 I can say it is far more valuable to attend with those who work in the same environment so you can confidently apply the learning when working with clients.

  • Course Component 1 - A self-paced eLearning component (takes 5-7 hours to complete)
  • Course Component 2 - An Instructor-led component using video conferencing (2 sessions of 2.5 hours each including set up time).

What You'll Learn

In this informative and practical course, you will learn about the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adults, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide mental health first aid in a crisis using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

This course focuses on the workplace for a Professional Organiser and provides relevant information and tailored scenarios and exercises that will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to provide initial mental health first aid to assist colleagues, clients, and other workplace contacts who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis, and how to connect people needing assistance with supports and external professional help.

Developed in response to COVID-19, the new Blended Online MHFA Workplace Course includes two separate course components.

Course component 1 – Self-paced interactive eLearning

To be completed before the first live online session on 26th October.

Developing mental health problems covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
Mental health crises covered:
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours.

Course component 2 - Instructor-led videoconferencing (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)

25th August and 1st September 10:30 - 1 pm AEST

This course component allows participants the opportunity to revise and consolidate practical skills in a group environment.

The video conferencing component is designed to be delivered after participants have completed the eLearning component of the Blended Online MHFA Workplace Course.

In this training, delivered over Zoom Meeting from wherever you are, the focus is on revising and applying knowledge and skills learnt in the eLearning component. The video conferencing includes large and small group activities, providing participants with the opportunity to:

  • Revise the eLearning content and the MHFA Action Plan
  • Clarify any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of the eLearning modules
  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant scenarios
  • Discuss and reflect 'a where to from now' in using mental
  • Develop a self-care plan to maintain good mental health.

Sydel Weinstein is a Master MHFA trainer with extensive experience in the field. Read more about Sydel and her qualifications here.

PLEASE NOTE - There are only 12 places available to give each participant the attention needed. IOPO Members will need to log in to see their member-only price. There is a minimum course attendance so participants get the value of the group work if that number is not reached we may need to reschedule. We will advise of any changes to dates by 10th August.

You will need a device with a camera and microphone to participate, a laptop will usually be the better option but you can join via a tablet or smartphone via the Zoom app if this is not an option.

We so look forward to sharing these last two sessions with you. It's your opportunity to learn how to apply the first aid protocol in real-world and real PO workplace scenarios.

Event Type
Certified Training
Accreditation Available
CPD towards IOPO Accreditation
Contact Details
Carolyn Verhoef

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