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Mental Health Facilitator (MHF)
     
 

About the Mental Health Facilitator (MHF)

Download MHF PowerPoint The Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program is designed to improve access to mental health care within a given community by educating and training professionals, paraprofessionals and lay people in the basics of mental health. The intent is not to create a new mental health profession, but rather to provide individuals with the tools and skills necessary to identify mental health needs, make referrals, and work with and support those in need of mental health care.

The MHF program is only introduced at the request of local mental health experts. NBCC-I provides a 30-hour core curriculum, which includes a basic structure for teaching helping skills, working with integrity, diversity awareness, suicide prevention, trauma response, and referral and consultation techniques. To ensure cultural appropriateness, the training program is evaluated and modified as needed to fit cultural norms prior to being presented and has also been translated to other languages as needed.

MHF program partnerships have been formed in the following countries and with the following MHF partners:
  • Bhutan – RENEW (Respect, Educate, Nurture, and Empower Women) in the capital city of Thimphu
  • Botswana – CFOW (Centre for Organisational Wellness) located in Gaborone
  • Bulgaria – NBCC Bulgaria, located at the Business Foundation of Education (BFE) in Sofia
  • Liberia – Lott Carey Baptist Mission School in Monrovia
  • Germany – IUK GmbH Institut in Dortmund
  • Malaysia – Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang and Turning Point Integrated Wellness in Bandar Purteri
  • Malawi – Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development Centre in Lilongwe
  • Mexico – AMOPP (Asociación Mexicana de Orientación Psicológica y Psicoterapia), located in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Romania – NBCC Romania, located in Bucharest
  • Tanzania - The Catholic Diocese of Moshi; the Tanzania Network of Community Health Funds and the Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development Centre for Africa located in Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Uganda – UCSS (Uganda Counseling and Support Services) located in Kampala
  • Zambia - Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development Centre for Africa located in Lilongwe, Malawi

The MHF curriculum has been translated to Chinese, Spanish, Bahasa Malaysia, Dzongkha (language of Bhutan), German and Swahili; immediate plans include translation to Romanian.
 
 
 
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Recent Events in MHF Program Development

  • The first MHF training of trainers course was held at the Guidance Counseling and Youth Development Centre for Africa in Lilongwe, Malawi, with funding help from the NBCC Foundation. (2008) The first university-based MHF training of trainers was held at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang. (2008) The approved MHF curriculum, modified based on feedback from the Mexico City, Lilongwe and Penang trainings. (2008)
  • Interest in MHF training has been expressed by organizations in numerous countries, including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Botswana, China, Indonesia, India, Romania, Singapore, Tanzania and Turkey. A training of trainers is held in the Sichuan province of China for the purpose of expanding service capacity to those affected by the 2008 earthquakes. (2009)
  • The first training of trainers in Europe is held at the Business Foundation for Education in Sofia, Bulgaria. (2009)
  • The MHF program in Germany opens at IUK Institute in Dortmund, Germany, and holds its first training. (2009)
  • A training of trainers is held in Thimphu, Bhutan, in cooperation with RENEW (Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women). (2009)
  • A training of trainers is held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in partnership with The Tanzania Network of Community Health Funds and the Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development Centre for Africa. (2009)
  • A training of trainer is held in Monrovia, Liberia, in collaboration with Lott Carey Baptist Mission School. (2010)
  • A training of trainers is held in Mexico City at Universidad Iberoamericana and includes some of the professionals from the original pilot training. (2010)
  • A training of trainers is held in Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia, in partnership with Turning Point Integrated Wellness, which is the second MHF training partner in Malaysia. (2010)
  • A master training is held at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. (2010)
  • Three master trainings are held at NBCC headquarters. (2010)
  • A master training is held in Thimphu, Bhutan, in collaboration with RENEW (Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women). (2011)
  • A training of trainers is held in Thimphu, Bhutan, in cooperation with RENEW (Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women) and the Ministry of Education. (2011)
  • A training of trainers is held in Moshi, Tanzania, in cooperation with the Catholic Diocese of Moshi. (2011)
  • Two master trainings are held at NBCC headquarters. (2011)
  • A master training is held in Leon, Mexico, in collaboration with the Asociación Mexicana de Orientación Psicológica y Psicoterapia (AMOPP; Mexican Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy). (2011)
  • A master training is held at NBCC headquarters. (2012)
  • A training of trainers is held in Mexico City at Universidad Iberoamericana, in collaboration with the Asociación Mexicana de Orientación Psicológica y Psicoterapia (AMOPP; Mexican Association for counseling and Psychotherapy). (2012)


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