SMHFA for Legal Professionals

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SMHFA for Legal Professionals course

Course Description

The Standard Mental Health First Aid for Legal Professionals teaches you how to understand and respond to a co-worker, client, or another adult, experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis.

The course is specifically tailored to this profession.

Course Component

The SMHFA for the Legal Professional Course includes two course components:

Course Component 1 – Self-paced interactive eLearning (Approx. 5-7 hours)

The eLearning course component presents an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises.

Developing mental health problems covered include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

  • Panic attacks
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours.

Course Component 2: Instructor-led component can be delivered in 1 of 2 ways:

  • Blended: self-paced eLearning (5-7 hours), followed by a 4.5 hour face-to-face session  

    Online: self-paced eLearning (5-7 hours), followed by 5.5 hour Zoom session

Component 2 provides course participants with an opportunity to revise content covered in the self-paced eLearning program and to consolidate the application of this content with the development of practical skills in a group environment.

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is a MHFA requirement that a particiant MUST complete all of the eLearning component before they can attend component 2. Component 2 must also be completed within 3 months of completing component 1 (eLearning).

The course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Please note: This course is not a therapy or a support group

Eligibility Criteria

Mental Health First Aid courses are delivered across the whole Country to any adult over the age of 18 who resides in Australia.