The Adult Course

The Adult MHFA Course is for adults (i.e., you must be 18 yrs or older) who would like to be able to assist other adults. This Adult course will familiarize you with signs and symptoms of common mental health concerns that affect adults and equip you with a 5-step action plan for helping those adults who are in or are developing a mental health crisis to obtain the support and any professional care they might need.  It consists of 13 modules divided into three parts.

Part 1:  Self-Paced/Self-Study/Pre-Work_(Modules 1-9 online)

The first part of the course is a basic overview of Mental Health and Mental Health First Aid that you do on your own (ergo, Self-study).  It provides a knowledge foundation for Part 2.

After you register for the course and are enrolled by the instructor (Me), you will receive an emailed link inviting you to set up an account on the MHFA website called Connect.  Once that is done, you will be given access to the Part 1 Course material that is housed on the Connect website.  You take this part of the course entirely online.

Part 1 of the course consists of the following five learning segments:

  • SEGMENT 1: Overview of Mental Health First Aid.
  • SEGMENT 2: Mental Health and Mental Disorders.
  • SEGMENT 3: Role of the Mental Health First Aider and Self-care.
  • SEGMENT 4: Common Mental Disorders in the U.S.
  • SEGMENT 5: Recognizing Signs and Symptoms

Completion of these segments generally takes 1-2 hours but does not have to be done in a single sitting.  You can go about it in whatever timeframe works best for you (ergo, Self-Paced).

Important Note:  You can only participate in Part 2 classes if you have successfully completed the Part 1 Self-Study.  You MUST complete this work BEFORE the beginning of Part 2 classes (ergo, Pre-Work).

Part 2:  Instructor-Led Classes_(Module 10 via Zoom)

This part of the course is used to reinforce and augment knowledge from Part 1.  Most importantly, this is where you learn the 5-step MHFA Action plan called ALGEE and build the core skills of Mental Health First Aid.  Using videos and case scenarios you will also be given opportunities to understand the application of these skills in both crisis and non-crisis situations for those in need of help… and yourself.

Part 2 of the course consists of the following seven learning segments:

1st Evening (6:30-9:30 PM/ET)

  • SEGMENT 1: Welcome to Mental Health First Aid.
  • SEGMENT 2: MHFA Self-paced Introduction Recap.
  • SEGMENT 3: ALGEE: Mental Health First Aid Action Plan.
  • SEGMENT 4: MHFA for Early Signs and Symptoms.

2nd Evening (6:30-9:30 PM/ET)

  • SEGMENT 5: MHFA for Worsening Signs and Symptoms.
  • SEGMENT 6:  MHFA for Crisis Situations.
  • SEGMENT 7:  Self-care for the Mental Health First Aider.

This portion of the course generally requires 5.5 – 6.5 hours depending on the size and desired pace of the class.  However, we are usually able to accomplish it in 6 hours by dividing the segments into two 3-hour evening sessions.  We believe this allows participants to maintain a higher level of attention throughout the experience and make the learning more effective.

Part 3:  Post Course Evaluation & Feedback_(Modules 11-13 online)

The last portion of the program involves a brief exam for certification purposes and a couple questionnaires requesting feedback on the course.  The exam is essentially a review of some key points from the course and all three parts can be completed in 30 minutes or less.

Upon completion of the 3 parts, you are eligible to download your official certificate confirming you as a Mental Health First Aider!


Rev. Sandra E. Brown Young
Adult MHFA Certified 5/2023
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This course is definitely a must have among the must haves in our society. It has caused me to reexamine my approach as a Ministerial leader, Mother, sister, Aunt, friend, neighbor. I have found it has made me a better communicator first with my family, then friends and those I minister to.
Certified Participant
Adult MHFA Certified 5/2023
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He paced the class well such that no one felt like they needed to have had prior education or training to qualify to learn and use the concept of MHFA.
McClellon D. Cox, D.Min., BCC, Retired
Adult MHFA Certified 5/2023
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Dr. Fields was an excellent instructor. He has an excellent grasp of the material, and he demonstrates the skills of a sensitive, listening teacher, facilitator.

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